U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
BLM El Centro Hires Military Veterans as Park Rangers
The BLM's El Centro Field Office recently hired a military veteran crew of seasonal Park Rangers for the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA). The crew is completing three weeks of training that includes specialized off-highway vehicle (OHV) search and rescue, an introduction to the OHV recreation program in the ISDRA, and an overview of the natural and cultural resources BLM manages.
Most of ISDRA's military veteran crew members have recently returned from military conflicts. The Ranger positions provide them with an opportunity for employment and training while providing a service to public land visitors. El Centro Field Office Manager Margaret Goodro said, "We are proud to provide this opportunity for our veterans to increase their knowledge, skills, and abilities for their return into the civilian workforce. We hope to foster their career development for future employment with BLM."
The ISDRA is the most visited OHV recreation area managed by the BLM. With visitation over one million per year, the veterans will respond to hundreds of emergency calls and make thousands of visitor contacts throughout the recreation area.
- Michelle Puckett, BLM El Centro Field Office (September 2012)