CAREERS: Where I Work - Roger Di Silvestro, communicationsdirector, National Parks Conservation Association

How long have you been in your job? 18 months.

Describe the space you work in. Vintage '40s and '50s movie posters on

the wall, kitchen magnets on the file cabinets, books I've written on

the shelves, Hindu gods and Buddha images, antique buffalo bookends,

plastic replica of a strawberry shortcake, and so on. It's called a

cube, but if it's a cube, shouldn't it have a ceiling?

Do you socialize with your employees? Nope, we prefer to get together

and "anarchize."

Who is the smartest person you work with? Yeah, like I'd touch that

question with a 10-foot thesaurus. My job is public relations, not

public stupidity. On the other hand, my boss immediately springs to


Who is the craziest? I don't intend to say. He's heavily armed and

hovering near my door. If you are reading this, please send help.

How comfortable are your offices? Our offices are all cubes. Most staff

members find them very comfortable, as did the hoofed livestock that

used them before us.

How often are you still there when the cleaners come around? We clean

our own offices and save the dust in giant bins at a secret location on

the East Coast. When we have enough dust, we're going to create our own

island kingdom off Virginia.

What is the best thing about working there? No question, it's the air


And the worst thing? Being told by your staff that you're filling out a

form for a personal ad in Washington Swinger and then finding out it's

really a job description for PRWeek.

What's been your biggest mistake while working there? When I was hired,

I presumed that being director of communications gave me the right to

excommunicate people. Live and learn, eh?

What is the biggest thing to hit your office in the past year? We don't

allow any hitting in the office. Our human resources department is very

strict about that.

Number of employees in PR dept.: 5

Address: 1300 19th Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036


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