Image of  Glendee Osborne and her husband, Dan.
May. 10, 2022

 

Glendee A. Osborne graduated from UNLV with a M.A. in 2008. She is currently a Cultural Resource Program Manager for the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area (managed by the National Park Service).

On the Spring of 2021 we reached out to our alumni to ask what they were doing after graduating from UNLV with an Anthropology graduate degree. This was the response:

1.  Where are you now?

I am currently the Cultural Resource Program Manager at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area located just west of Redding, California. I have worked for Whiskeytown for six and a half years. I currently live just outside of Redding with my Husband, Dan, and our dog, Baloo. I began my career with the National Park Service at Lake Mead NRA prior to graduating from UNLV in 2008 as a GS-07 Archaeological Field Technician.  After a year, I applied and was hired as the LAKE's Park Archaeologist and Fire Archaeologist as a GS-09. In Fall 2015, I applied to a competitive announcement for a Cultural Resource Program Manager at Whiskeytown NRA and through multiple interviews and the hiring process, became the Cultural Resource Program Manager and Park Archaeologist as a GS-11.  The path to each position is different for everyone and almost never in a straight line. It is important to understand that at every step, I developed the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful and advance my career further. Almost no one graduates Grad School with the skills and knowledge necessary to be fully successful as a Federal Archaeologist. There is always something new to learn.
 
2.  Current research/projects?
 
Wow, that is a loaded question...  There is now way to succinctly describe what I am currently working on, but here are some highlights.  I am currently managing a variety of contracts and agreements related to the maintenance and restoration of our Tower House Historic Districts after the devastating 2018 Carr Fire which as the most destructive wildfire in NPS History (https://www.nps.gov/whis/learn/news/carrfire.htm#CP_JUMP_5991131). I continue to monitor and assess the conditions of the more than 300+ archaeological sites impacted by the fire. I am also managing agreements for a Historic Resources Study and Administrative History for the park, required baseline documents as well as in the final stages of completing the Tower House Historic District Cultural Landscape Report and update to the National Register Nomination.  I am also in the process of finalizing multiple large Section 110/106 Inventory reports focused on Abandoned Mine Land documentation and closures, Utility ROW 110 documentation and review, and Post-Carr Fire Inventory and Documentation.  To date, these projects have documented at least 100+ new archaeological sites in the post-Carr Fire environment. In addition, I am the park's Section 106 Coordinator, Tribal Consultation Lead, a Utility ROW & 106 POC, and provide wildfire and emergency response guidance within Whiskeytown and other parks, as well as updates to the Fire Management Plan for Whiskeytown. I am responsible for all park related projects and actions as they relate to Section 106 and implementation of those projects.
 
Whiskeytown NRA is an incredibly complex park with 800k-1 million visitors annually, multiple cooperators, stakeholders, Right-of-Way and Permit holders, a major state highway, 150 miles of utility lines, two power generating plants, a lake administered by BOR, private and county in-holders, as well as other critical infrastructure that all traverse the park. In addition to our cultural and ethnographically significant resources that date back 5000 years, we reside at an important crossroads for people seeking gold during the 1849 Gold Rush up to the 1940s. Whiskeytown is also part of the Central Valley Project and National Conservation Movements of the 1960s and 1970s. As a result of this abridged version of Whiskeytown's history, my days are never the same and new challenges arise daily.  I joke that I am an "army of one", but the truth is that I am only successful thanks to the Whiskeytown Staff that I work with everyday. Our efforts through teamwork and compromise preserve and protect Whiskeytown, its resources, and the community for future generations.
 
3.  What do you do for fun or to unwind in these days of COVID?  
 
During COVID, my husband, Baloo, and I hike the many trails surrounding the Redding Area, work on home improvement projects, as well as visiting Family when conditions allow.
 
Tower House Historic District - Whiskeytown National Recreation Area (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)