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Scott Liske: Ranger Auburn State Recreation Area

Ranger Scott Liske of Auburn State Recreation Area

California State Parks Ranger Scott Liske
Up Close and Personal

1. What is your most unique experience working in California State Parks?

I have worked at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area and currently patrol the canyons of the Auburn State Recreation Area. One summer evening, as I was closing the front gate of a park unit, I noticed a mountain lion walking past me.  

2. What is the biggest challenge that you want the public to understand about your profession?

The role of a CA State Park Ranger has evolved over the years. Rangers have become more of a true public safety position.  My role as Peace Officer has become the main focus of my duties. I’m fine with that change, but the public should know that the duties of a ranger is much more than interpretive work, it is public safety as well. 

3. Who or what inspired you to pursue this career?

As a young child I was impressed by the Lassie television episodes that featured Lassie’s handler as a Ranger.  I knew then that I wanted to be a ranger.
4. Is there something in your career that you would do differently if given the chance?

I began my public safety career in 1985 working as a seasonal firefighter for then, CDF. In 1994, I became a Correctional Officer.  It wasn’t until 1999 that I became a CA. State Park Ranger.  Looking back, I wish I had become a Ranger sooner. Fortunately, I have the opportunity to recruit future rangers and hopefully impress upon them that this is the best outdoor job there is!

5. Any particular parks that are on your dream list of workplaces?

My current assignment patrolling the expansive, rugged & historical Auburn State Recreation Area is where I belong.  However, I would jump at a chance to patrol Yellowstone National Park for a year.