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PRAC Honorary Lifetime Member 2011

James Brady


In 1961 a fresh college graduate, with a wife and baby on the way, accepted his first seasonal job as a ranger with the National Park Service.


His career quickly moved forward with many new challenges. Starting in the entrance station at Petrified Forest and progressing to a protection ranger position Jim Brady experienced a long and fascinating career as a rangers ranger.


From law enforcement to SAR to interpretation and into training and management there are few people who have shaped the careers of park rangers like Jim. His experience includes working in large western parks such as Yellowstone and Yosemite to the urban parks of the North Atlantic Region.


He spent 5 years at the Horace Albright Training Center as an instructor and the Director working to get the best from every student that passed his way. From 1991 to 1995 he served as the Chief Ranger of the National Park Service where he worked hard to revitalize the ranger program and improve the future for the generalist ranger.


Following his years in Washington DC he served as the Superintendent of Glacier Bay National Park. Awarded both the National Park Service Harry Yount Award and the Sequoia Award, Jim closed out his 38 year career in 1998.


Since his retirement he has continued to share his knowledge and enthusiasm with the next generation of rangers in the U.S. and abroad.


PRAC is proud to present Jim Brady our Honorary Life Time Membership Award for 2011.