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 Bill Black

 

Bill Black
Degree: BS Wildlife Management
Year: 1973
Email: Bill_Black@nps.gov
Business Title: Park Superintendent
Business: National Park Service
Fort Smith National Historic Site
City, State: Fort Smith, Arkansas
Web Address: www.nps.gov/fosm/

I am currently the Park Superintendent of the Fort Smith National Historic Site in Fort Smith Arkansas, a unit of the National Park Service. I have over 30 years of Federal Service and have been here since 1992. Prior to that I was the Assistant Superintend/Administrative Officer at Isle Royale National Park, Administrative Officer at Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Oklahoma, and spent 10 years at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a law enforcement Park Ranger and in Administration. I suffered an on the job disabling injury in 1981 which changed career paths for me within the National Park Service, but things have worked out well for me anyhow. Back in the late 1970's I spent about four years as an Assistant Refuge Manager on National Wildlife Refuges in Florida and Alabama. I did about 1 1/2 years as a seasonal ranger at Cumberland Gap National Historic Park in Kentucky/Tennessee/Virginia and at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument in Florida. Following graduation from Purdue my first job was at Walt Disney World cleaning restrooms and doing campground maintenance. I ran across my fisheries professor one day while picking up the garbage there, and he thought it was just reward for the amount of effort I put forth in his class!

My wife Judi (1973) and I were married our junior year and we have been together through all these moves and adventures. I was from Lafayette and Judi grew up on a farm right outside West Lafayette where her parents still live.

The mobility often required of federal jobs can be intimidating to many people, especially those with a spouse and/or children, but it can still be very rewarding.