I am a Yosemite park ranger and can't go to work because the government shut down. AMAA!
All 401 national park sites are currently closed, including Yosemite. The vast majority of National Park Service employees, including me, are indefinitely furloughed until the shutdown is over. Once the shutdown ends, we can go back to work and reopen the parks, but for now I'm unemployed.
I work in the division of Interpretation/Education - we're the rangers you see behind the desk of the visitor centers. We also lead ranger walks (geology, bears, history, etc.), answer phone calls and emails, run the Yosemite Facebook and Twitter accounts, create exhibits and brochures, and pretty much everything related to educating and informing visitors. There are other types of rangers too - law enforcement, maintenance, wildlife, natural sciences, etc. - but I've only worked in Interpretation.
When I posted the letter and sticks Evie mailed to me a few months ago, I had a number of requests for an AMA. So, now that I'm out of a job, I figure now's as good a time as any!
1:45am PST Edit: Thanks for the questions so far; heading to bed now. Feel free to keep asking away and I'll get to the next round of questions in the morning.
8:45am PST Edit: Oooh, that's a lot of new comments. You're not making this easy on me! I'm back, and will keep answering throughout the morning/day.
12:00pm PST Edit: I've got to step away for now; apologies if I didn't get to your question. Most of the ones I didn't respond to have already been answered elsewhere in this thread. I might have a chance to get back on here later today and get to a few more of them, but no promises. If you're desperate for an answer, you can always send me a pm too, and I'll do my best to respond. Thanks!