On December 7, faculty from the Lock Haven University Criminal Justice Department hosted alumnus Brendt Coyle for a presentation on the United States National Park Service. Coyle graduated from LHU in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and works in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park as a United States Park Ranger.
Coyle credited his career in the National Park Service to an internship he completed at LHU as a surf lifeguard at the Assateague Island National Seashore. He spoke for more than an hour to an audience of more than 30 students about careers with the National Park Service and his experience working law enforcement as a Park Ranger.
According to Coyle, not many students are aware of careers with the National Park Service and opportunities to work at locations throughout the United States and its territories.
The audience had an opportunity to hear firsthand accounts of search and rescue operations, poaching of endangered species, and law enforcement in National Parks. Coyle has little free time as a full-time National Park Ranger and was visiting with family and friends in Pennsylvania when he contacted the Criminal Justice Department about a presentation on careers as a Park Ranger.
“Brendt wanted to share his experiences navigating a career path with the United States National Park Service,” said Dr. Katie Ely, associate professor and Criminal Justice Department chair. “Also, hearing from a recent alum, who is now a US Park Ranger, is value added to student experiences at LHU. We were very appreciative of Brendt taking time out of his schedule to talk with current LHU students and the students certainly appreciated his presentation.”
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