Ricardo was born and raised in Los Angeles, Ca with roots tracing back to Guatemala and Mexico. Despite growing up in an urban environment, he always pondered a life and career in the outdoors. In college, Ricardo connected his awe of nature and his education with an introductory geology course. From there, he went on to obtain both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology from California State University, Los Angeles and Western Washington University, respectively. In summer of 2017, Ricardo served as a National Park Service (NPS) Mosaics in Science (MIS) intern at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in central Colorado. After completing the MIS program, Ricardo earned a Direct Hire Authority -Resource Assistant Internship (DHA-RAI) certificate and was able to secure a permanent position as an interpretive park ranger at Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. While at Petrified Forest National Park, Ricardo worked on engaging with, and connecting diverse communities to the park. This significantly increased the number of school field trips from local, rural public schools as well as Bureau of Indian Education schools from regional Indigenous communities. Ricardo also conducted community outreach efforts via the NPS, Environment for the Americas, and Latino Outdoors. In the summer of 2018, Ricardo mentored and supervised his own MIS intern, Sebastian Alvarez. Sebastian also assisted with community outreach, educational programming, and development of interpretive wayside content for the park. Ricardo is now working in his new role, as the Lead Interpretive Ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park.