After she finished high school, Amanda Gossard knew one thing for sure: She wasn't going to work for the National Park Service.
Her mother and father were Park Service rangers, and she'd spent her life in the parks. She was born at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and grew up in Death Valley and Arizona's Petrified Forest.
"I wanted to cut my own path in the world," she said.
Over time, that changed. After her father died in 2004, she moved to San Diego where her mother works at Cabrillo National Monument. A temporary part-time job there altered Gossard's outlook and, after getting her degree in recreation and tourism management at San Diego State,...