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Former Olympic National Park employee ends 31-year federal career

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Oct. 12, 2011 at 9:47 am with No Comments »
October 12, 2011 9:47 am

Former Olympic National Park employee Dan Pontbriand is retiring as chief of the visitor resource protection division at Isle Royale National Park. His retirement will end a 31-year federal career.

Here is the rest of the news release:

Pontbriand began his ranger career in 1978 as a seasonal lifeguard and ranger at Sebago Lake State Park in his native state of Maine. Prior to that, he had worked in the family hardware store since the age of 12.

His National Park Service career began in 1979 as a seasonal river ranger at Grand Teton National Park, working alongside his identical twin brother, Ed. He worked additional summer and winter seasons as a seasonal protection ranger at Big Bend and Shenandoah national parks. He also worked as a professional ski patroller and ski instructor between seasonal positions.

Pontbriand accepted a permanent job at Boston National Historic Park in 1984, then went on to work at Gulf Islands National Seashore, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, and spent nearly half his career, 15 years, at Olympic National Park.

After that he transferred to Washington, D.C., as the chief of the Branch of Emergency Services for three years, then moved on to Sequoia National Park and finally to Isle Royale as the chief ranger.

Pontbriand has played important roles in establishing Servicewide programs in search and rescue, emergency medical services, diving, boat operations, and all-hazard incident management. He has instructed search and rescue, emergency medical services, diving, boating and wildland fire classes in his long ranger career.

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