I use to refer to Ian as the Lone-Ranger being out there by himself on
San Miguel for long periods without seeing too many visitors. He is
without a doubt one of the finest persons I have worked with over his
career at the Park. Ian introduced me to the Park communications system
many years ago. He was the single most person responsible for the
success of the Channel Islands National Park multiple repeater system.
For those who are not acquainted with Ian, he is none other than kd6vwr
(E). A true professional Ranger with a host of specialties from diving,
firearms, communications, tower climbing, logistics and security. As a
volunteer it was my pleasure to accompany Ian to many remote sites and
provide a tech-assist. I wish he and Marcella all the best with his new
NPS Communications System
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Subject: New Life for Old Rangers
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2018 21:21:31 -0800
From: Williams, Ian <ian_williams(a)nps.gov>
This month was due to be the end of my career with the National Park
Service. Next week I reach mandatory retirement age from law
enforcement and therefore will no longer eligible for the San Miguel
Island ranger position in which I've served for the past 25 years. I
was scheduled to be retired from the agency on January 31, but have been
fortunate enough to be given a new opportunity here at the park.
Today, for the first time in my career, I came to work as something
other than a park ranger. It feels strange to say that after 35 years,
and I guess I'll always still think of myself as a ranger, but my job
with the NPS is now as a Safety & Occupational Health Specialist. The
job is a one-year term position that can be extended up to four years.
(It's a bit like a continuing resolution, only longer.) It will give
the park a chance to try having a position that is dedicated to safety,
and it will give me a chance to try to help the rest of the park staff
to make the Channel Islands a safer place to work and visit.
For anyone that was planning on getting together with us on February 3rd
for a retirement party, I'm happy to report it has been cancelled.
Although it is always fun to see everyone at those events, believe me,
I'm a lot happier to still be working with so many of them.
Marcella and I came out to San Miguel today for one final tour. Even
though I had to start the new position before the end of the month, I
had previously been scheduled out here for one more week to wrap up a
few projects and pack up what has been our home for 25 years. Leaving
the island will still be a sad moment, but it's a lot better knowing
that I'm not yet leaving the park and the people that make Channel
Islands the world's greatest national park.
/s/ Ian Williams
Safety & Occupational Health Specialist
Channel Islands National Park
1901 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura, CA 93001