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My Name Is: Isabell Watson

Highlands Ranch Metro District park ranger loves outdoors


A family person

I just graduated from Front Range Community College in Fort Collins. I received two associate's degrees in science: one in forestry, wildlife and natural resources and one in wildlife technologies.

I'm originally from Arvada. I live in Westminster now. When I was in college, we did a lot of outdoor, hands-on classes. My teachers were always telling me that a park ranger is a great position. I got a temporary job as a park ranger after college and I loved it so I was on the hunt for a full-time position. I was really excited to find one in Highlands Ranch.

I'm definitely a big family person — we like to go camping, dirt-biking. We do a little bit of everything outside.

My role as park ranger

Daily, we check out the trails to see what's going on. We cover all open spaces and trails throughout Highlands Ranch. We get calls for snakes pretty frequently in the summer, so we will check and see if they need to be relocated. We get a lot of calls about coyotes. We tell people to be loud so the coyotes don't feel comfortable around their homes.

I also do a lot of research and put programs together, such as a nature camp in the summer, moonlight hikes and our falconry program. My favorite thing about my job is being outside and connecting with local people in the community. Having the education portion is awesome — I like educating the younger generation and showing them what is going on right in their backyards.

Park rangers do a little bit of everything. We make sure the trails are safe and ready to be used by everyone. If anybody has questions, we are really approachable. Residents are welcome to stop us on trails or call us. If anyone has ideas for programs, I am always open to suggestions.

Waterfowl hunter

I'm a hunter. I'm big into waterfowl — duck and geese mostly — and big game. I go with my boyfriend and our families. We hunt along rivers and in some cornfields —kind of all over. We are part of a club called Waterfowl Haven, a large organization out of Kersey, Colorado. Once season starts, we will go about every weekend.


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