Vicki Rhine strives to make positive changes with every opportunity that comes her way. She is proud of her work with the Department of Parks and Preservation and has known since high school that she wanted a career working outdoors. Becoming a Park Ranger afforded Vicki the opportunity to pursue her passion for being outside while interacting with others on a daily basis. She finds meeting new people and being outdoors to be the most rewarding aspects of being a Chester County Park Ranger. She goes to work each day with the goal of “…..doing a good job with whatever I am tasked to do, and coming out the other side safe and successful.”
Vicki has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Parks and Recreation Management from Slippery Rock University. She minored in Law Enforcement and obtained her National Park Service Seasonal Law Enforcement Academy certificate. Prior to her 16 years with Chester County Parks and Preservation Vicki was a Park Ranger for Lancaster County. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks Society and served as part of the program coordination committee for one of their annual conferences.
Vicki loves to fish and never passes up an opportunity to go fly fishing for trout. She practices catch and release only when fly fishing. Ranger Rhine has volunteered time at several Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing events and also for the Kettle Creek Watershed Association. She also enjoys hunting and nurturing perennials. She has a passion for organizing anything and everything. The next time you see Vicki ask her about the book she would write about herself with the title of Ranger Vic’s Adventures. Hint: This book would have a picture of a raccoon’s face on the front cover.
Ranger Rhine defines success as being confident in what she does – but most importantly, being happy. She passes this definition of success along to young people as advice by saying, “Stay in school, go to college and volunteer your time to something you enjoy.” Vicki always strives for happiness and lives each day by the best advice she’s ever received: “…..be kind and respectful to others”.