Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

CNHI Originals

March 18, 2012

Outdoor office

Pinnacle Rock State Park superintendent finds

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According to Beanblossom, Rice is currently one of four women park superintendents in the state. Some folks have remarked she is doing a man’s job, but Rice doesn’t see it that way.

“I feel like I am made for this job,” she said.

Beanblossom agrees with Rice.

“Women are just as capable, professional and committed to the job,” he said.

He also added an unusual story about women’s roles in the park service. According to Beanblossom, during World War II a male park ranger took another job with higher pay but didn’t turn in a notice. Instead, his wife picked up his duties and filed the paperwork. After they were discovered, the state hired the woman to officially take care of the park.

Rice has yet to experience any negativity because of her gender. As she walks around the lake, local fishermen stop to chat. Rice inspects their catch.

“I am a big fisherman,” she admits.

A native of Sophia, Rice is happy to be closer to family. She said many park superintendents are placed in different parks, away from home. Her family often comes to the lake to fish.

“I really like this area,” she said. “The rock is really unique and people travel from miles away to see it. I also love meeting new people and telling them about West Virginia State Parks. The scenery is beautiful and there is a lot of good people in West Virginia.”

— Contact Jamie Parsell at

jparsell@bdtonline.com.

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