Increase in diving (neck) injuries in Colorado River, Grand Canyon NP.

In the last few weeks the NPS has responded to three shallow water diving incidents into the Colorado River. One of these (not involved with a river trip) resulted in devastating injuries. I’m hoping you might be able inform river guides of this disturbing trend by included a note in the boatman’s s quarterly or your guide email network.

In two of these incidents the patients were diving into the river from the shoreline impacting their heads into the bottom or unseen obstacles In the other incident a patient dove off the rear of a raft that was beached. While we continue to see extremity injury patterns from getting on and off the boats and during side hikes, these incidents usually don’t carry the potential for instantly catastrophic injury like shallow water diving does. Thanks for spreading the word for this watchout situation.

Brandon Torres

Branch Chief of Emergency Services

Grand Canyon National Park

office 928-638-7792928-638-7792

cell 928-607-6014928-607-6014

Grand Canyon Youth needs Program Director


Job Title: Program Director, Grand Canyon Youth, Inc.

Location: Flagstaff, Arizona

Salary: $32,000

Benefits: Health, Dental and Retirement

Work Hours: Flexible schedule that varies by season; some nights and weekends; average 40 hour work week

Position Open: July 15-August 15, 2013

To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter and references to Executive Director, Emma Wharton



The Program Director for Grand Canyon Youth (GCY) is responsible for the preparation, correspondence and coordination of the programmatic aspects of Grand Canyon Youth’s river education programs. The Program Director must have the ability to develop and maintain professional relationships with GCY staff, youth participants, parents, guides, drivers, volunteers, and community partners.



Program Development (5%)

• Manage program documents

• Develop and implement educational curriculum/goals

• Collect, create and distribute educational resources


Program Preparation (90%)

• Orient the teachers, partnership agencies, and community members who work with Grand Canyon Youth to the goals of Grand Canyon Youth.

• Act as the main point of contact with groups and participants

• Maintain and facilitate on-going communication through email, phone and in-person meetings

• Schedule and lead informational meetings

• Manage the financial aid approval process

• Conduct post-season debriefs and evaluations


Other Responsibilities (5%)

• Adhere and be familiar with the GCY risk management policies, procedures, and protocols.

• Coordination of an on-river educational program



• Enthusiasm for working with middle and high school age youth

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

• Superior organization skills and ability to formulate efficient systems

• Ability to document and communicate details

• High interest in experiential education & development of educational resources for outdoor and site-based education

• Creative and effective problem-solving skills

• Strong work ethic

• Strong ability to multi-task and prioritize tasks

• Demonstrated ability to innovate, rather than maintain status quo

• Ability to function well in a busy work environment (including a shared office with multiple interruptions)

• Practical knowledge and experience using a variety of office equipment and programs (including, but not limited to, desktop computer, shared documents, printer, fax machine, multi-line telephone, copier, email, word processing, spreadsheets)

• Flexibility

• Sense of humor


Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree and/or any combination of education, training and experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position

• Clean driving record

• Ability to pass a background check

• Minimum age of 21



• At least two years experience working with youth and/or working in nonprofit management

• River experience

• Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid training



• This position is subject to the availability of grant funds.

• This job description may evolve as the needs of the organization change.

• Grand Canyon Youth, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.


Grand Canyon Youth, Inc. is a non-profit organization. Our mission is to provide an experiential education for youth along the rivers and canyons of the Southwest in an effort to promote environmental awareness, community involvement, personal growth, and teamwork among people of diverse backgrounds.

Our ideal candidate will be dependable, trustworthy and able to follow up with and complete tasks in a timely manner. The GCY Program Director must be very organized and whole-heartedly embrace the values outlined in our mission.



Emma Wharton

Executive Director

Grand Canyon Youth

ph 928.773.7921

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Want a job rowing a boat or motor rig in the Grand Canyon?

Hello everyone,

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Poster for Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are 2 small craft operator (whitewater boat operator) positions now open in Grand Canyon National Park. The positions opened today, June 17th and will be open for applications until July 12th. The positions have a 4 year term. You can access the job posting/descriptions/requirements and apply online at:

This information came from the Grand Canyon River Guides Association. If you love the Grand Canyon, you should be a member.


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2013 Northwest Paddling Festival Vendor Information Package


2013 Northwest Paddling Festival

May 10, 2013 – Private Manufacturer/Retail Clinic Day

May 11, 2013 – Festival Open to the Public

Lake Sammamish State Park. Issaquah, WA

For Vendor Information PDF. click

U.S. National Park Service Conservation Study Institute Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Vermont

University of Vermont

University of Vermont (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

U.S. National Park Service Conservation Study Institute Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Vermont

The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont is pleased to offer the Conservation Study Institute

Doctoral Fellowship. The fellowship supports doctoral study in the Rubenstein School and is jointly sponsored by the Conservation Study Institute and the Rubenstein School. The Conservation Study Institute is an entity of the National Park Service that advances innovation in the stewardship of the national park system. The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources offers degrees in higher e

English: Jon Jarvis, Director of the National ...

English: Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ducation at the BS, MS, and Ph.D. levels. In preparation for the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service, the doctoral fellowship will address “Parks in Their Second Century” and is designed to help inform the National Park Service in ways that will help it meet the opportunities and challenges of its second century. The doctoral student will be housed in the Rubenstein School’s Park Studies Laboratory and will participate in the Lab’s long-term program of research in the national parks. For more information on the fellowship, please contact Professor Robert Manning:


(802) 656-3096

CSI Doctoral Fellowship Announcement.pdf

Three websites to help you find a job at a State Park

State Park Jobs – Interviews with Park Personnel

Find out everything you need to know about state park jobs. Search by state to read interviews with a number of park personnel who provide first-hand information on what it is like to work for a state park system as a ranger, manager, wildlife biologist, and other positions. You’ll learn about the type of training that is required, what experiences are helpful, and tips to obtain state park jobs.

State Park Jobs – Interviews with Park Personnel

Search for state park jobs by job title to read interviews with a number of park personnel who provide first-hand information on what it is like to work for a state park system as a ranger, manager, wildlife biologist, and other positions. You’ll learn about the type of training that is required, what educational background is required, and tips on obtaining state park jobs.

State Park Jobs

Includes links to job openings at state parks, by Cool Works.

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BioScience Technician positions at Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National park is currently searching for up to 30 people to help out with Science and Resource ManagementactivitPoster for Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona...ies, including lots of fisheries

field work beginning in November. These positions are intermittent, meaning that there is no guarantee of work and no set work schedule. Intermittent employees are eligible to work up to 1039 hours in a calendar year, with extra paid training hours available as necessary. There is no housing, travel money, or insurance available. However, intermittent employees can receive overtime pay. While Grand Canyon is not guaranteeing any work, intermittent employees do not have to be available for every trip. This type of position is excellent for someone with a (flexible) job or someone that has other seasonal work and may be interested in working in the field when trips are available. These positions can be maintained for years to come.

For more information about the position, and for information about how to apply, please click the following link:

There will be a lot of backcountry field work with the fisheries program this fall and winter, and other programs within Grand Canyon National Park‘s Science and Resource Management Division have project needs as well. We are especially interested in people with general science and backcountry experience. Please distribute this to anyone that think may be interested. Again, the position is open on USA Jobs from August 13-24.

Thank you,

Guiding Job in the Grand Canyon

Angel’s Gate Tours is looking for experienced Grand Canyon guides to lead sightseeing tours, day hikes and the occasional backpacking trip in Grand Canyon. We are specifically recruiting experienced Grand Canyon boatman and other Grand Canyon backcountry professionals. Please contact us if you meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum WFR certified, with CPR. (More advanced med certs are also acceptable).
  • Good driving record. (1 minor ticket is usually OK)
  • Must be able to pass Arizona DOT physical (this is pretty simple, basically it verifies that you can see, hear and move well enough to drive a vehicle).
  • Outstanding Grand Canyon knowledge. (You know your schist from Shi-nola, and can present complex material in an entertaining manner).
  • Hiking experience on all South Rim trails.

This is an excellent opportunity for Grand Canyon backcountry professionals that need to spend more time in town due to family, children, dog issues or other constraints. The majority of our tours and hikes depart from and return to Flagstaff daily. Please visit our website at and call (928) 814-2277 to schedule an interview. Angel’s Gate Tours is an EOE.

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Permit Outlaw? We just call them pirates, sentenced to jail

The morning report for the National Park Service on April 10, 2009 reported a man was given jail time and probation for threatening an NPS ranger. The man was originally in trouble for camping in National Parks without the necessary paperwork.

See Permit Outlaw” Sentenced For Threatening Ranger. I’ve never heard of the term Permit Outlaw, we just always called people who don’t have permits pirates. However this is an example of how a minor problem escalates when you lose your temper.

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GCRGA and the BQR

I get a ton of magazines, online and in print. The one that is always scanned before I leave the post office and read as soon as I get back is the Boatman’s

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Grand Canyon 1 (Photo credit: krandolph)

Quarterly Review. The BQR is the quarterly publication of the Grand Canyon River Guides Association. I work in the Grand Canyon as a boatman every once in a while and it’s never enough time in the canyon. However my reasons for loving the BQR are the publication itself. It is filled with articles about the history, flora, fauna, geology and people of the Grand Canyon. Most importantly each article is filled with passion for the Grand Canyon. It is extremely well written and brings to life that beautiful part of the world in my home in Colorado that is a thousand miles away.

If you are a lover of the Grand Canyon, have hiked it or rowed it I strongly urge you to join the Grand Canyon River Guides Association. The GCRGA is working hard to preserve the canyon. The association will, if you want, keep you up to date on what is going on both at the bottom of the canyon and the top of the bureaucracy. The GCRGA is a great organization that is full of passionate, hard working people that I am proud to be allowed to associate with.

If you don’t know anything about the Grand Canyon but each quarter want a publication that will leave you breathless and wondering why you have not gotten there or back there, become a member of the GCRGA. You don’t have to be a river guide, only a lover of great writing and/or the Grand Canyon.

Membership is $30 a year or you can get a lifetime membership for $277. (As they say, one dollar for every mile the river flows.)

You should also go, see, and experience the Grand Canyon.

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