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Richard Fletcher

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Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
I grew up in Monterey, California.
After high school, I was really lost and didn’t know what to do, so I attended community college for three years at Monterey Peninsula College so I could explore my interests.
Transferred to Humboldt State University, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology.
Two days after graduation, I began working for California State Parks, where I started out managing campgrounds.
Then I transferred and began working on a trail crew, helping to build and maintain hiking trails and roads throughout the state parks system.
From there, I became a seasonal interpreter at Humboldt Redwoods State Park for over three years where I led nature walks and campfire programs, and worked with our Junior Rangers.
I was promoted to a full-time interpreter at Hearst Castle, where I conducted tours and educated people about the grounds and the history of the building.
I am now a Guide II at Hearst Castle, which is a supervisory role where I oversee all of the guides here at the castle.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Wildlife Management and Conservation
Humboldt State University

Career

Guide II Supervisor

I oversee the daily tour operations at Hearst Castle and supervise guide staff.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Environment & Nature
Education
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

Daily work is quite variable. I normally answer sick calls and replace employees in the morning. I then check employees in and ensure the tour operation is running smoothly throughout the day. After that, I work on ongoing assignments like planning and scheduling school and ADA tours. I also monitor and evaluate tour guide's tours. I mentor the guide staff and assist them with any problems. I analyze the tour program and address any issues in meetings. Lastly, I give tours to VIP guests.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Get a seasonal job. It will help you learn how everything works in the State Parks system. I would also highly recommend taking any and all civil service exams that you can. You can't get a full time state job unless you are ranked on a hiring list! Look at https://jobs.ca.gov/CalHRPublic/Search/ExamSearch.aspx to find exams that you may be interested in taking. Every exam you pass is a door that will be open to you when you are looking for a job.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Wildlife Management and Conservation

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Friends:

"You are going nowhere in life and wasting your time."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Learning Issues

Interviewed By

Community Driven

Community Driven

California Community College Roadtrip