Posted by: rmorrisey | February 27, 2009

Park Ranger for a Week

The following article recently appeared on the <a href=”http://home.nps.gov/applications/digest/” target=”_blank”>NPS Digest website</a> (public domain).

Sean Aiken sounds like a really cool guy.  We should all be so thorough in choosing a career.

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK:Job #46 of 52: Park Ranger For A Week
Sean Aiken is traveling anywhere in the world working 52 different jobs in 52 weeks while trying to figure out what to do with his life.

“After finishing college with a business degree, I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t settle for a career that I am not truly passionate about,” Sean explains on his website <a title=”blocked::http://www.oneweekjob.com/&#8221; href=”http://www.oneweekjob.com/” target=”_blank”>OneWeekJob.com</a>.  “My goal is to gain a better understanding of what I need in a career to be happy and inspire others to go after their passions. Any company or individual anywhere in the world can offer me a job for one week. The job can be absolutely anything, anywhere- garbage collection, actor, working the family farm, a suit and tie corporate position.”

Instead of paying Sean for his work, job providers make a donation to the Make Poverty History / ONE Campaign.  He sustains his project through the kindness of strangers by staying at people’s houses each week, taking the bus, hitch hiking and with the $1000/month provided by <a title=”blocked::http://www.nicejob.ca/&#8221; href=”http://www.nicejob.ca/” target=”_blank”>NiceJob.ca</a> to help with costs.

Sean spent Week 46 working as a park ranger at <a href=”http://www.nps.gov/havo” target=”_blank”>Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park</a> and shared his experiences through the following updates posted on his website.

Week #46 Announced – Park RangerThis week I am working as a Park Ranger at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. I will get to experience the various duties of a Park R… [<a title=”blocked::http://www.oneweekjob.com/2008/02/12/week-46-announced-park-ranger/&#8221; href=”http://www.oneweekjob.com/2008/02/12/week-46-announced-park-ranger/” target=”_blank”>more</a>]

Forward Looking On The Trail Of LifeThe scenery here at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is absolutely gorgeous. After being introduced to my boss for the week and getting settled into our… [<a title=”blocked::http://www.oneweekjob.com/2008/02/13/forward-looking-on-the-trail-of-life/&#8221; href=”http://www.oneweekjob.com/2008/02/13/forward-looking-on-the-trail-of-life/” target=”_blank”>more</a>]

Aloho &amp; Mahalo Hawaii, Until Next Time!In order to fully immerse myself in the culture of island life, I appropriately adopted the island pace (well demonstrated by my lack of updates this… [<a title=”blocked::http://www.oneweekjob.com/2008/02/21/aloho-mahalo-hawaii-until-next-time/&#8221; href=”http://www.oneweekjob.com/2008/02/21/aloho-mahalo-hawaii-until-next-time/” target=”_blank”>more</a>]

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