Smith Rock's New Ranger Nolan is Very Excited TO BE HERE

February 5, 2018

Nolan Ferdinand couldn't be more excited about his new position as Smith Rock State Park's latest ranger. After a career starting out in the Navy, he and his wife made several moves, with a willingness to try new things. His attitude has always been one of "Why not?" and so he set his sights on moving to Central Oregon when their son was born in 2016 after visiting the area with his Oregonian wife.

With a background in park and facilities managements for the city of Tehachapi, California, when he saw three separate park job postings in Oregon in October 2017, he knew that working in a natural park setting vs that of a city was for him. After an extensive interview process, he started the position here at Smith Rock on January 2, 2018. "It's almost unreal," he says as he continues to embrace his dream come true. 

It’s like working in a postcard.
— Ranger Nolan Ferdinand, Smith Rock State Park