The ProRanger Philadelphia program is an academic, technical skills training, and internship program that is cooperatively administered by the National Park Service and Temple University. The program was established to recruit, train and employ law enforcement park rangers for the National Park Service.
Students take coursework during the academic year at Temple University and participate in internships at National Park Service sites during the summer. Follow their experiences here.
Monday, June 27, 2016
This week I worked with the two Law Enforcement Rangers here
at Christiansted NHS.
It was a very Buck Island oriented week and you know what
that means. I got to practice and polish my boating skills, which have improved
greatly with my continuous and constant training with Ranger Rivera.
ProRanger with Ranger Laurencin at Buck Island.
started with me working as a back up officer for Ranger Gabriel Laurencin, the
other Law Enforcement Ranger at Christiansted NHS. We patrolled Buck Island
Reef National Monument, walked the West Beach and had non-law enforcement
contacts with the visitors of the Park. On this day, I drove the vessel to and
from Buck Island, and I also did the docking of the vessel with minimal inputs
from Ranger Laurencin, which is a good thing because it shows I knew what I was
doing. Also, we patrolled Salt River Bay National Historical Park and
Ecological Preserve. We checked the position of our site cameras and retrieved
them to check for any trespassing in the area.
ProRanger at the Observation Platform
Later in the week I worked with Ranger Rivera and I experienced
patrolling Buck Island Reef NM early hours. We were out in the ocean as early
as 05:30 looking for fishermen or any park violators. We patrolled the island
for a couple hours and I also got the chance to do more boat training like the
“man-overboard” and “anchoring”. During one of our patrols of the island this
week, we hiked the only trail on Buck Island to the observation platform.
My week ended with me aiding in the burial of a dead green
turtle with Ranger Rivera. We went on a Buck Island patrol as usual, only to
get a call while patrolling from our sister agency (USFWS) regarding a dead
green turtle that was lying by the beach. We helped transport the turtle from
the beachside to the deep ocean. The turtle had three cracked vertical lines on
her shell, which the representative from USFWS said would likely be from a
vessel’s propeller. It was good seeing how the National Park Service assists
other agencies like the USFWS. It was sad that the turtle was dead, but it was
good seeing and feeling a turtle up-close; she was EXTREMELY heavy to lift.
P.S. if you get stranded at Buck Island you could live off
these berries that are local to the island, just be careful plucking them off the top of the cactus plant.