Please introduce yourself:
My name is Uriel Lopez, Jr. I am a recent graduate from Chico State University, where I received my Bachelors of Science in Recreation Administration with an option in Parks and Natural Resource Management. I am a Park Ranger at Englebright Lake in Smartsville, California. I am currently assigned to the Sacramento District Office as a Rotational Ranger assisting Operations Division.
Tell us a little about your day-to-day job functions...
As a park ranger, my daily responsibilities include patrolling –both on land and water – all recreation areas and campgrounds, ensuring visitor safety and compliance to park rules and regulations, and supporting all other program areas. Currently at the Sacramento District, I am assisting the Natural Resources Management staff with daily due-outs. Recently, I have been supporting with Natural Resources Management Assessment Recreation PSA Module and updating information as needed. One of my projects is to complete one policy memorandum by the end of my temporary duty assignment.
What do you like most about working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers?
I like the opportunities that are provided to grow and learn as you evolve within your career path.
What is one of the most interesting projects you’ve worked on?
One of the most interesting projects I’ve enjoyed working on is the Fish Habitat Project. With help from the boy scouts and local volunteers, the Corps was able to collect Christmas trees after the holidays to provide habitat for fish in the lake.
What do you like most about your job?
I enjoy educating the public on water safety and boating safety. I personally make sure every visitor I come in contact with leaves with more knowledge than they had before they visited my project.
What advice would you give to a new employee?
As a new employee, I would recommend getting out of your comfort zone and thinking outside of the box. Be a dependable employee and ask how you can help the team out. Do more than is expected of you. Don’t be afraid to ask for clarity on any assignment, it shows that you care about your job. You are always interviewing.
What three traits define you?
What are three things most people don’t know about you?
1. I attended Le Cordon Bleu in Natomas, Ca where I received my professional culinary degree in 2008.
2. I was a participant in the 2015 Tough Mudder held at Northstar California Resort located in Truckee, Ca.
3. I am terrified of snakes.
What do you like to do in your spare time? Favorite thing to do in Sacramento?
I am an avid outdoorsman. I enjoy hiking, fishing, camping, duck hunting, deer hunting. I recently got into outdoor photography and love capturing sunsets and sunrises.
One of my favorite things to do in Sacramento, will be enjoying evening walks through Capitol Park. I also enjoy the cultural diversity that Sacramento has to offer.
Top 3 personal highlights?
1. Graduating from California State University, Chico in 2017.
2. Marrying my best friend in 2018.
3. Getting the opportunity to work at the Sacramento District Office.