Welcome Savannah, Smith Rock's New Seasonal Park Ranger Assistant


June 21, 2019

Savannah Steele has more than a cool name. She has a penetrating smile that is the manifestation of her inner drive to make the world a better place. And we couldn’t be happier that she chose Smith Rock to continue her mission in her new position as Park Ranger Assistant.

Originally from the Willamette Valley in Oregon, Savannah graduated from U of O with a biology degree in 2011. She returns to us after an 8 year detour to Maine, where she served as Field Team Leader on the Maine Conservation Corps, partnered with Americorps.

She went on to oversee the successful development of the Carrabassett Valley Region’s world-class mountain biking trail network as a volunteer. Most recently she was a Trail Crew Leader, and then Trails Manager for Maine Huts and Trails, managing the partnerships, relationships, and infrastructure of an 80-mile recreational trail network. Check her out in this video from her time there.

We’re glad she missed Oregon though, and returned to be close to family. When she was perusing the State of Oregon jobs board, she came upon the position for Seasonal Assistant Park Ranger at Smith Rock. With her trail building experience and her inner mantra of “conservation through recreation,” she felt she could contribute to a park needing to balance preservation while providing diverse groups of recreationists a place to interact with nature.

Park Ranger Assistant Savannah Steele makes a visitor smile at Smith Rock State Park as she helps him on his way.

Park Ranger Assistant Savannah Steele makes a visitor smile at Smith Rock State Park as she helps him on his way.

A big proponent of “Leave No Trace” initiatives that seek to protect the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly, Savannah seeks to provide information to all she encounters in a fun and friendly manner.

Savannah says she LOVES people, and we believe her. We witnessed her jump in to help various groups at the same time, all while beaming that penetrating smile.