2022 PARK RANGER OF THE YEAR


The Florida Park Service Ranger Association congratulates Mara Dombrowski for being selected as the 2022 Statewide Park Ranger of the Year. This new award recognizes exceptional Florida Park Service employees who exemplify the Ranger First attitude; Service to the land and to the public who use the land and Service Above Self.

Ms. Dombrowski is the Assistant Program Manager in Interpretive Services where she provides leadership for division statewide training including Ranger Academy, Park Managers, and, Assistant Park Managers Meeting and Administrative Workshops. She uses her excellent organizational and project management skills to provide Ranger First service through consistent, clear communication and resources to central office and field staff on various key initiatives. Her ability to adapt and adjust while keeping her eye on each task resulted in success for the Florida Park Service. Her frequent and detailed communication with the field staff, leadership, and contractors were in true Ranger First spirit. Ms. Dombrowski consistently demonstrates the Ranger First attitude, and we are honored to present her with the inaugural Park Ranger of the Year Award for 2022.

Ms. Dombrowski was selected for this award from the top finalist in each district and the central office. The district finalists include Bryan Kaczmarek - District 1, Kate Spratt - District 2, Stephanie York - District 3, David Baniak - District 4, and Mary DiGiacomo-Brown – District 5. Each of these finalists is exceptional and deserving of recognition for their Ranger First service. Congratulations to each of you.

PARK RANGER OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Florida Park Service Ranger Association announces the inaugural Park Ranger of the Year Award. This new award recognizes exceptional Florida Park Service employees who exemplify the Ranger First attitude; Service to the land and to the public who use the land and Service Above Self. Park visitors identify uniformed Florida Park Service employees as park rangers though their official job title may be different. The Park Ranger of the Year eligible nominees include all Florida Park Service employees regardless of their official position title. “Park rangers are the heart of Florida’s award-winning state parks, and we want to recognize these exceptional employees who serve every day to make our state parks the very best in the nation,” said Donald Forgione, president of the Ranger Association. public who use the land, and service above themselves.

The nomination period is closed. Watch for the 2023 nomination period starting on February 1, 2023.

Nomination Information: Nominations must include the nominator’s name and email address, the nominee’s name, position, park/office, a 100-word description of the employee and their role at their park/office, a 250-word description as to why the nominee exemplifies the Ranger First attitude, and a 100-word statement from someone in the nominee’s supervisory chain attesting to the worthiness of the nominee.

Nominations will be reviewed in six groups representing the five Florida Park Service districts and one group representing the District and Central offices. The first-place nominee from each of these six groups will receive the Ranger of the Year Award for their group. These exceptional employees will be invited to the FPSRA Annual Meeting on April 9, 2022, at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park. The awards will be presented at that time and the statewide Ranger of the Year awardee will be announced.

Established in 1989, the Florida Park Service Ranger Association was formed to support Florida Park Service employees, and aid past and present employees in need. The James A. Cook Humanitarian Relief Fund, a program of the Association, was established in 1994 to provide financial assistance to past and present employees who have experienced financial hardship due to major medical expenses, major property loss, and other similar hardships. Since its inception, more than $155,000 has been distributed to 190 individuals. The Florida Park Ranger Association is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 

Mission - Support those who serve Florida State Parks, past and present, by providing financial assistance, cultivating a family atmosphere, and perpetuating a spirit of unity and service. 

Vision - Supporting those who serve Florida's State Parks

Motto - Family, Service, Traditions

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