MariaJosé Alcantara

Activity: Hiking, Walking, Workout

Upon graduating high school in 2007, Mariajose began her dream job wearing the grey and green uniform at Grand Canyon National Park. Her dream would not have come true so quickly if it weren't for the high school internship program, Inspiring Young Emerging Leaders, based out of the Presidio of San Francisco's Crissy Field Center, which trained her with outdoor and professional skills as she developed an appreciation for her National Parks and found her call. 
After the best summer spent working and enjoying the magnificence of the Grand Canyon, Mariajose returned to the San Francisco Bay Area to begin her college studies. Soon enough she was hired as a Park Guide in the Marin Headlands for three years, managing campgrounds, roving the park, leading interpretive programs and running visitor center operations. 
In the Fall of 2011, Mariajose transitioned to her current position as a Park Ranger for Interpretation, Community Programs and Outreach. She now is dedicated to outreaching to new and diverse audiences through programs, hikes, fairs and festivals, in hopes of inspiring youth and people of color to grow a love and passion for the National Parks as she did. As an Inspiring Young Emerging Leaders alumna, she is also works closely with new high school interns as a park role model. 
Mariajose keeps busy as a Latina Park Ranger and student at City College of San Francisco working to transfer to the University San Francisco towards a Communications Major. She keeps a positive and energetic attitude and strives to spread smiles to those around her. Though she has attained some dreams, she continues to expand her ambitions and is working on increasing her personal and professional development to reach the top of her mountain of dreams.