13 Sep '11, 11am

A Wilderness Ranger, Age 21

A Wilderness Ranger, Age 21

Max Bearak for The New York Times Currant Mountain, one of many ridgelines within designated wilderness areas in eastern Nevada. I’m a senior in college, which means that everyone I meet feels entitled to ask me, “So, what are you planning to do after you graduate?” But I’m at a liberal arts school, so I always respond with an “I’m not sure yet” or an “I’m going to take what comes my way.” The truth is, over the last couple of summers I’ve been scratching a few itches — a few jobs that I probably won’t pursue after college but that were nonetheless appealing. Two of the most overwhelming urges were to use my hands for some physical labor and to work outdoors, preferably somewhere stunningly beautiful. So this summer I packed up an old Chevy Impala till it was almost bursting and drove out to Ely, Nev., to work in Humboldt National Forest as a wilderness ranger. The job inv...

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