My name is Jenny M. Simpson. I am a graduate from the Department of Anthropology. Upon graduating from SIUE in May of 2002, I began doing contract archaeology work full time. I worked for Parsons, Inc. in St. Louis as an Archaeological Technician on projects in Missouri and Illinois. In July 2002, I was hired by the National Park Service as a term Archaeological Technician at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As I was nearing the end of my term, I was informed that funding for extending the position had been denied. As a result, I began working for Parsons, Inc. as a full time Archaeological Crew Chief. I ran archaeological crews for Parsons in Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri and Florida.
I was slated to begin graduate school at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA in the fall of 2004 with full funding. However as the date approached, I realized that my heart was no longer in archaeology, but in natural and cultural resource preservation. I began searching for a job that would allow me the freedom that I had while working as an archaeologist, but would allow me to do something about the environmental crimes and destruction of archaeological sites that I observed while working in the archaeological field. I finally found that job in April of 2004. I submitted my application for State of Texas Game Warden in May of 2004. After a long and tedious hiring and background investigation process, I was hired contingent upon my graduation from the Texas Game Warden Academy. I was one of 40 cadets chosen from applicant pool of 1,100. I began academy in January of 2005 and graduated in July of 2005.
I was assigned to my home county, Rockwall County. I have now been proudly serving the State of Texas and its citizens for almost two and a half years as a State Game Warden. I am responsible for the protection of all of the cultural resources as well as regulating all of the hunting, fishing and water safety activities in my county. I love my job.