Posts by Jenny Myung

by Jenny Myung | Posted Thursday, September 5, 2013
Photo by MSO Smokejumper Jon Marshall (

Earlier this summer, the city of Prescott lost nineteen elite firefighters at the Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona. The Granite Mountain Hotshots were found in their fire shelters, emergency tents meant to be deployed as an absolute last resort.

by Jenny Myung | Posted Thursday, August 22, 2013

It’s the greatest job in the world, they pay you to go places you would go on vacation, give you a carnival ride to the ground, then drop in all your camping gear.

by Jenny Myung | Posted Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A 100,000+ acre, lightening caused fire that burned in the San Juan and Rio Grande National Forests and on private lands in southern Colorado. Photo Courtesy of the US Forest Service

For years, Smokey Bear had me convinced that humans were destroying Nature with their campfires and cigarettes.

by Jenny Myung | Posted Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Sunset at the Smokejumper base

Sunset at the Smokejumper base

At first glance, my cushy job as a tour guide doesn’t seem like such a great catch. For the most part, I sit behind a desk, greet visitors and give the same 45-minute tour day-in and day-out.

Jenny Myung

Smokejumper Visitor Center

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  • Position Title
    Tour guide
  • Field Site Name
    (Missoula, Montana)
  • Hometown
    Dublin, Ohio
  • School
    Emory University
  • Major
    English literature
  • Dream Job
    Eventually, I’d like a career that allows me to escape the typical 9 to 5, takes me around the world to engage with different peoples and cultures, and has real humanitarian, environmental and/or artistic value.
  • If I could pass a law…
    it would be that all retail and food establishments must recycle plastic, paper, and glass as well as compost organic matter. Businesses and restaurants throw out so much stuff every day, all day, and it’s a true shame when they don’t sort through their waste properly.
  • The person who inspires me post is…
    C.S. Lewis
  • If I were a shape-shifter, I’d turn into…
    a boss bald eagle nesting in Glacier National Park.
  • Most memorable outdoor moment
    Photographing cliff-dwelling puffins in Iceland.
  • Favorite Song
    “If I Lose Myself” by Alesso and One Republic
  • Motto
    More of a memorable quote: “Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding.” — Bill Bullard

What forces, events, or influences in your life inspired you to become a conservationist? I spent a few weeks in Iceland volunteering on a trail-building crew and part of the organization’s mission was to teach its volunteers sustainable living. For two weeks, we had a minimum of three bins to organize all our recycling; we composted our scraps; picked wild rhubarb and dandelions for breakfast jams; tried to avoid buying meat that wasn’t raised on the the island; and found creative ways to reuse our containers, baggies, and foil packaging. The whole experience was the beginning of a lifestyle change and it challenged me to reevaluate how I lived in a highly wasteful culture. It makes me both excited and depressed how much attention our Earth is getting these days – happy because we’re finally making the moves towards sustainability, but sad because we’re starting to face the consequences of disturbing Nature’s billion-year-old way of running the world.

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