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Travel has most certainly changed over the last year.
Rather than jetting off to the far corners of the earth, many of us have stayed put, hunkering down for the greater good. However, a return to travel appears to be on the horizon, and we're celebrating with all-new episodes of our podcast, Let's Go Togetherwhich highlights how travel changes the way we see ourselves and the world.
In the first season, our pilot and adventurer host Kellee Edwards introduced listeners to diverse globe-trotters who showed us that travelers come in all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life. From the first black woman to travel to every country on Earth to a man who trekked to Machu Picchu in a wheelchairwe met some incredible folks.
And now, in our second season, Edwards is back to introduce you to new people, new places, and new perspectives. Prugsawan shares her experiences as a female Park Ranger in the National Parks Service NPSincluding walking on day-old land and reuniting with long lost family members.
And it's not just, 'this is a place that I go and I can hike here. And it was a sacred area for Hawaiians to go to. And I think when you can just open up and share a little bit more about the park and about the stories and the different meanings and people who have made connections to those places, it's fun to share those stories.
Prugsawan is also acutely aware of the importance of her job placement, and to show young women who look like her that this is indeed a job for them as well. I'm pretty proud to say that all of them are women and all of them are diverse women. And that's been a really big departure across the agency. FMand everywhere podcasts are available. Kellee: script Hi, my name is Kellee Edwards For nearly a century, America's National Parks System has preserved the country's natural and cultural resources.
Encompassing areas, including national parks, monuments, battlefields, historic sites, scenic rivers, and even the White House. And the people entrusted to protect and manage these areas are the National Parks Service. She talks about volcanic lava flows, the hike in Yosemite that taught her to always be prepared, and leadership as an Asian woman in the National Parks Service. Jin  I manage the division that's responsible for all visitor engagement at our park from our park website to the s that you see in the park as you're hiking through out to the park ranger that you encounter in the visitor center.
Who's helping you plan your trip or your experience in the park? There's a lot of different things that fall under that umbrella of interpretation. But if you think of it in a way of anything the public interacts with or faces that falls into my division. We also manage the parks education programs where we are able to bring kids into our parks or go out and send rangers into the classroom to educate kids about our national parks. I also manage the volunteer program and we have lots of different volunteer opportunities in our park. You know, I love telling being able to tell some of the stories of working at that park.
And it's not just, you know, this is a place that I go and I can hike here.
But, you know, this is a place that was really ificant and important to Hawaiians and still is today. And the most, you know, the highest point in Haleakala is called the Vorkuta, which is the realm of the gods. And I think when you can just open up and share a little bit more, you know, about the park and about the stories and the different meanings and people who have made connections to those places, it's fun to share those stories.
And, you know, this little girl, she was very young. She asked me to tell her a story. And I remember we sat in the side of the trail on a log and I shared with her every story that I could think of that she would be interested in. And it was just really fun to, you know, connect on a deeper level. And as a park ranger, you know, you learn so much about your park from the plants, the animals, the stories, the people. And it feels really good to be able to share those things with people. I started out as the unpaid intern and I moved up to being a seasonal and a student hire, doing interpretation and talking to park visitors, leading tours in the park.
And I've moved my way up to supervisor and now division chief. But even within, you know, those duties that I had, I also had a lot of different collateral duties. So I've assisted with search and rescue. I was a structural firefighter.
I do public information for wildfires. I've worn many other hats in the National Park Service as well. I was in high school and we had a semester of class work and then a semester of an internship. And for my internship, I was completely taken away by Arlington House. The Robert E Lee memorial. And I'll totally admit is because they were period clothing and I really wanted to wear a hoop skirt. That was sort of my introduction to it. But during the course of my internship, you know, I saw this as a career opportunity and that many of the interns that had worked at Arlington House went on to be Summer Seasonals, where they're employed by the National Park Service.
And, I was a senior in high school at the time. I was getting ready for graduation. I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to do in terms of career path, but I really enjoyed, the work that I was doing at Arlington House and talking to people. I love history. So it was just a really wonderful opportunity. And in the same vein, you know, I came from a single parent household, so taking on an unpaid internship was really challenging. But with the idea that I could have a position and a job, you know, after that summer was really something I was pursuing and wasn't in retail.
It was actually doing something I enjoyed. So that's that's really what got me started with the National Park Service. And I was really proud after graduation from high school and I was enrolled to go to George Mason University to wear my flat hat for the first time. I was always somebody who liked to be outside and playing in the forest or playing in the water. I would say water is my element, but I never grew up going to national parks. I didn't know what the National Park Service was until, you know, the park ranger walked into the classroom of my senior year to present Arlington House as an internship opportunity.
I had no idea that the National Park Service had sites all around the country. I grew up a little bit of all over. And I had no idea that Sleeping Bear Dunes was part of the National Park Service until I was looking through the Red Book, where they list all of the national parks and like a sentence about them. And I was flipping through this book and I was like, oh, like sleeping bear dunes. Like I grew up there. We used to go camping there when I was a little kid, but I never met a park Woman seeking in Hawaii national park, at least that I remember or know about.
I'm going to almost hate probably saying this because everybody in Yosemite will be mad. Sounds really interesting but what is that. And he laughed at me and corrected me. It was Yosemite and then a year later I worked there as a seasonal and I really got to see what the National Park Service was all about and working at a historic site in Washington, D. It changed my life and I had never seen mountains, never seen waterfalls, anything close to what Yosemite held. And from that point on, you know, I was 19 years old and I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the National Park Service.
And I got really serious to trying to figure Woman seeking in Hawaii national park how to make that happen. And while I was at Wright Brothers National Memorial and this is, you know, a really remote area in the Outer Banks, you know, you're just kind of in this thin little slice of islands that juts out into the Atlantic. And, you know, it's a different lifestyle out there. But working at Wright Brothers for me was just a really cool experience because I was able to help with the exhibit project and they installed brand new exhibits into the visitor center.
And this is a multi-year project that I worked on. And it took a lot of hours to ensure the accuracy. You know, are we telling the stories of the Wright brothers correctly? It's not just about their flight, but everything that led up to that point. It was the people who lived in the Outer Banks community, you know, that helped them and made sure that they had the supplies and the resources and the different access that they needed for that first flight and then are retelling diverse stories of the other folks that maybe history has glossed over as part of that.
I think one of the stories that really resonated with me was that the Wright brothers really cared about women's rights. And there was a story about or I think it was Orville Wright marching with his sister Catherine in one of the women's rights marches in Dayton. And, you know, I thought that was such an interesting part of her of the Wright brothers story.
You know, we think of the brothers, but we don't think of their siblings. And they had a sister that they were really close with and not just, you know, an age or in kind of kinship that you have with your siblings, but also shared some of the same values. Kellee : Jin has experienced many amazing things as a Park Ranger, including walking on land, freshly formed from a lava flow, that's barely a few days old. Jin  While I was at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, I spent the first two weeks in training and we covered the hard questions like where is the bathroom to some of the more challenging questions out there, you know, talking about where these different lava flows are happening in the park and how can people safely view them.
And in part of that training, we were able to go out with a volcanologist, with the USGS and that was a really cool experience because they talked about the different the flows going on in the park, the different statuses, you know, of the volcano and some of the volcanic activity going on and some of the features that you see as well. And we, you know, with the volcanologists were able to go out to an area where you could see active lava flow. And we started hiking out there around sunset. So we would have lighting that allowed us to see where we were going.
And we reached a section of land that, you know, of course, the volcanologists is the one leading the hike. They're very experienced. They know what to look for because it can be really hazardous when you're hiking on volcanic land, especially volcanic land that, you know, has active flow in that area. And we started walking in a section where he told us, you know, hey, this land is about, you know, maybe a day old, maybe a little bit older than that, but not that old at all. And sure enough, as we're hiking along and he's, you know, guiding us on the path, you could look down into the cracks.
And on the surface, everything was black. It was hardened, but deep in the cracks, you could see where some of that lava was still Woman seeking in Hawaii national park hot. And that was a wild experience to be walking in that area. I definitely felt the heat radiating up. You know, it was already warm because you're near the coast in Hawaii. So the temperature is warm all around you already.
But the ground itself is warm and it's sort of the same to me, equated to the same warmth that you'd feel if you had your feet up close to a campfire. You know, that warmth that you start to feel in the bottom of your shoe. And if you stood any, you know, any spot for too long, you know, you could really feel some of that warmth coming up. But I don't advise that anybody just blindly goes and walks on land less than a day old. You know, make sure that you're in an area that's safe and you know that you're sanctioned to be there because people have gotten hurt and injured in the past and they've walked into different lava flow areas.
Kellee: After the break, Jin shares her experiences of working as a woman of color in the National Parks Service, as well as how she reconnected with a long-lost family member. Jin is a year-veteran of the National Parks Service. As a Thai American woman of color, diversity is something that is top of mind for Jin, especially as a leader in the service. Jin  I think I've always worked with women in the National Park Service, but where I would say I've noticed one of the biggest differences is women in leadership roles, you know, maybe in the front line or in those entry level positions.
It could be more of an even playing field. But I remember really early on in my career going to a training where they told us the majority of positions that were in management level positions or above, you know, whether that's mid-level management or higher.Woman seeking in Hawaii national park
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Meet the Female Park Ranger Redefining the Role in Hawaii: Season 2, Episode 3 of 'Let’s Go Together'