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Park Leaders connects the wisdom of Park Managers, leaders in the park system, and thought leaders of the business world with up and coming park leaders. This is the show for Park Rangers, Park Managers, and leaders who want to have an impact. Join host Jody Maberry as he talks to park leaders from all over the world.

Park Leaders Show Jody Maberry

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    • 4.8 • 43 Ratings

Park Leaders connects the wisdom of Park Managers, leaders in the park system, and thought leaders of the business world with up and coming park leaders. This is the show for Park Rangers, Park Managers, and leaders who want to have an impact. Join host Jody Maberry as he talks to park leaders from all over the world.

    Who is Gifford Pinchot?

    Who is Gifford Pinchot?

    On this episode of the Park Leaders Show, guest co-host, Phil Gaines, returns to discuss the life and legacy of Gifford Pinchot. 
    As a top 10 influencer on Phil’s park and conservation list, Pinchot, often heralded as the Father of American conservation, left an impressionable legacy on national parks. Not only did he professionalize forest management but established the modern definition of conservation as a “wise use” approach to public land. In his words, stewardship was regarding “the greatest good for the greatest number in the long run.”
    A peer of Teddy Roosevelt, Pinchot founded the Society of American Foresters in 1900 to preserve public lands and prevent exploitation. Having served as the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service, Pinchot also tripled the nation's forest reserves using his conservation definition to maintain long-term health of state resources.
    Resources 
    www.parkleaders.com
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theparkleaders/

    • 27 min
    Operating with a Sense of Urgency

    Operating with a Sense of Urgency

    On this episode of the Park Leaders Show, guest co-host, Phil Gaines, returns to discuss the importance of operating with a sense of urgency.
    While urgency is often discussed as a function of time, as Phil explains, the term for park rangers should be viewed through intentionality. Like business leaders, park rangers should not reduce urgency to deadlines but enhance it through deliberation. More specifically, they must know their goals, be able to define pathways, and make differences within time restraints.
    Per Phil’s experiences, operating with a sense of urgency is not about speed but action. Accordingly, if you understand urgency in a healthy way, chances are you’ll be able to move organizations forward and inspire your teams along the way.
    Resources
    www.parkleaders.com
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theparkleaders/

    • 18 min
    A Ranger is a Part of the Park Experience

    A Ranger is a Part of the Park Experience

    On this episode of Park Leaders Show Phil Gaines joins me to talk about the changes in the recreation experience over the last few years. With the increase in crowds a ranger is a part of the park experience, possibly now more than ever. 
    After a recent trip to Glacier National Park I noticed that there are a lot of people in our parks. It seems that the pandemic awoke something in people that helps them realize parks are where you go to recharge and rejuvenate. 
    While many people visit state parks to feel connected to nature, as Phil explains, the park ranger is an integral part of the experience. Like Mickey Mouse at Disney World, the park ranger is more than a friendly face but an icon of park visitation.
    Accordingly, as leaders of conservation and preservation, rangers should consider themselves just as much a part of the park landscape as the terrain and wildlife. Although attractions have their place, park leaders should not undermine their role amidst the little things. After all, what rangers say and how they interact with people can go a long way in defining a positive moment for the visitor.
    Resources
    www.parkleaders.com
    https://parkleaders.com/about/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theparkleaders/

    • 16 min
    Building Relationships with Tribes

    Building Relationships with Tribes

    On this episode of the Park Leaders Show, guest Victor Bjelajac, Superintendent of California State Parks, joins the show to discuss the best ways to build tribal relationships.
    With 14 tribes represented in his district, Victor is passionate about integrating different perspectives and worldviews from diverse backgrounds. Having recently overseen the first tribe operating a visitor center within a state park system, Victor hopes to inspire more parks to build relationships with local tribes and include them in leadership positions.
    Granted, this is easier said than done given parks have a history of inadvertently marginalizing tribal voices through ignorance and negligence. Still, through influence and awareness, Victor hopes more park leaders will facilitate a trusting relationship with tribes by listening and engaging them in community events.
    Resources
    www.parkleaders.com
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theparkleaders/

    • 39 min
    Ten People Who Influenced Conservation

    Ten People Who Influenced Conservation

    On this episode of the Park Leaders Show, guest co-host, Phil Gaines, returns to discuss influencers of conservation.
    From Theodore Roosevelt, Rachel Carson, Aldo Leopold, Steven Mather, and John Muir to Gifford Pinchot, Henry David Thoreau, Horace Albright, George Hartzog, Bob Stanton, and Fran Mainella. the list of American park heroes is lengthier than we might think.
    Still, while the vocations of these individuals cover a wide spectrum, as Phil explains, the common denominator among them is legacy. Despite pursuits ranging from politics and advocacy to liberal arts and poetry, the key objective for these influencers came down to awareness and sustaining momentum and movement together.
    As Teddy Roosevelt once said, “There’s no bigger cause in our country today than conservation” - a reality ringing true today as much as it did over a hundred years ago.
    Resources
    www.parkleaders.com
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theparkleaders/

    • 26 min
    Customer Service for Maintenance Staff

    Customer Service for Maintenance Staff

    On this episode of the Park Leaders Show, guest co-host, Phil Gaines, returns to discuss customer service for maintenance staff.
    While many parks have training programs for new staff, developing cultures of customer care is a better alternative. As Phil explains, the key comes down to training versus education. With training, you’re conditioning personnel to behave within specified parameters; with education, you’re inspiring a team to focus on mission and purpose.
    Granted, the difference may seem minor; however, the ramifications from operations and infrastructure to advocacy and retention can be significant.
    Resources
    www.parkleaders.com
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theparkleaders/

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

OAboy ,

My favorite podcast

As a parks and recreation major soon to be entering parks as a career, the Park Leaders Show gives perspectives and information from experienced industry leaders that my university coursework doesn’t touch on. I discovered this podcast earlier this year and had have just finished my last episode. I hope there’s more to come!

MattVillamaino ,

Love the show

As someone who works in parks, I love the show. It is extremely relevant as well as fun to listen to.

JenniferDavisSharp ,

Fantastic Podcast for Non-Rangers, Too

Absolutely love the show. So very inspiring. To hear it at it's peak, listen to the recent episode called Access to the Outdoors is a Civil Rights Issue.

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