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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.

    Focus on Professional Growth

    Focus on Professional Growth

    On this episode of the Park Leaders Show, guest co-host, Phil Gaines, returns to discuss ways leaders can focus on professional growth during this pandemic era.
    While personal growth centers on passion, experience, and knowledge base, as Phil explains, the key to professional growth boils down to legacy. Despite competition being a commercial necessity, to mature professionally, one must consider what making a difference looks like. For some, upward mobility is essential to this reality; for others, simply maximizing an opportunity is enough to advance their goals.
    Regardless of setting and surroundings, dare to question how you can leave things better than you found them. By doing this, you will ultimately progress down the road of professional development.
    Resources:
    www.parkleaders.com
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theparkleaders/

    • 31 min
    The Story Behind the Ranger First Philosophy

    The Story Behind the Ranger First Philosophy

    On this episode of the Park Leaders Show, guest Scott Durham, former superintendent of West Virginia State Parks, joins the show to discuss the origin of the “Ranger First” mantra.
    As Durham explains, with park ranger set as a universal term, the “Ranger First” philosophy was established to clarify authoritative influence and promote voluntary compliance. Since its inception, benefits have emerged specifically through community-oriented policing and accountability among rangers and superintendents.
    Essentially, the term “Ranger First” is more than a banner but also an umbrella attitude centered on developing healthy park operations and visitor behavior. Durham hopes this approach will continue to integrate ranger visibility into higher education, ingenuity, and compliance at large.
    Resources:
    www.parkleaders.com
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theparkleaders/

    • 27 min
    Focus on Personal Growth

    Focus on Personal Growth

    Phil Gaines returns to discuss ways park leaders can focus on personal growth during this pandemic era.
    While COVID-19 has altered many park programs, on a personal level, the effects have varied among rangers. Even as visitation rates have increased in recent months, so tends to complacency, especially for leaders accustomed to former rhythms.
    Yet, as Phil explains, if you’re an influencer hoping to mature in this season, you must refuse to be easily satisfied. Rather than stick to the predictable routines, dare to see where your passions can take you and explore avenues for learning.
    For instance, you may want to seek a mentor who can impart part of their knowledge base and experience. You may want to carve out weekly reading time to discover new content and resources. Whatever plans you set, integrate new pursuits into the places you have become most idle. From there, if you find any to be successful, flex them into daily or weekly practice.   
    Resources
    www.parkleaders.com
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theparkleaders/
     

    • 31 min
    A Passion for Parks

    A Passion for Parks

    On this episode of the Parks Leaders Show, the Ingles family joins in to discuss their passion for state parks.
    As road warriors, the Ingles have a fresh perspective on park trends and patterns. With the recent increase in park visitation, De and John note emerging issues in national parks such as overcrowding and conservation communication and provide solutions on what rangers can do in the short term.
    Additionally, to help parks in their preservation efforts, the Ingles hope their passion project, Wild Routed, can inspire visitors to appreciate the maintaining of historic landscapes through their unique merchandising.
    For more information, please visit their website.
    Resources
    Website: https://wildrouted.com/
    Connect:
    www.parkleaders.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theparkleaders/
    Linkedin for De: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cmykgirl    
    Linkedin for John:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/johningles

    • 21 min
    Refocus on Your Park and Your Career

    Refocus on Your Park and Your Career

    On this episode of the Park Leaders Show, guest co-host, Phil Gaines, returns to discuss ways park leaders can recalibrate their careers amidst the pandemic.
    In this Covid-19 era, customer service has suffered across multiple industries such as national and state parks. Despite new efforts to attract tourists, limited staff, restricted hours, and dwindling attendance have combined to hinder performance across multiple locations.
    Yet, as Phil explains in this episode, while disruptions increase during desperate times, so should the adaptive innovations. If organizations want to expand their reach, they must consider new approaches to providing value and service.
    Accordingly, in the weeks ahead, Phil and I will break down how we can professionally mature in today's hostile working environment. While the roadmaps may vary, forward progress will come as long we know our goals, celebrate victories, and learn from our mistakes. It's just a matter of time.
     
    Resources
     
    www.parkleaders.com
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theparkleaders/
     

    • 21 min
    Using Pixar Style Storytelling for Interpretation

    Using Pixar Style Storytelling for Interpretation

    Matthew Luhn joins the show to discuss using Pixar-style storytelling for interpretation.
    As discussed in previous interviews, interpreters are some of the best storytellers on the planet. Especially when integrating science, the opportunity to engage park visitors through interactive engagement has never been greater.
    According to Matthew, the value of stories, in part, is their ability to tie a critical message to the story itself. For instance, if you want to encourage an audience to be prepared in a certain way, integrating modern-day technology and animation can be a powerful tool to promote questions and inquiry.
    Connect:
    www.parkleaders.com
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theparkleaders/

    • 26 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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