Alan Rammer was the Marine Community Outreach and Environmental Specialist 4 for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife from 1988 until his retirement on June 30, 2009. He had been with the agency since 1977. He had worked for the Washington Department of Game (Wildlife) and the Washington Department of Fisheries separately before their merger in 1992. He is a 1974 graduate of the University of Washington with a double major, Bachelor of Science in Shellfish Biology and Invertebrate Zoology. Upon his retirement, he began contracting work with schools and community groups across the state with his new venture, Tidepool Discoveries .
He has twice been president (1997-1998 & 2010-2011) of the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators Association (NAME) and the northwest representative (Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon) to the board of directors for the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) in (1999-2003). He is NAME's annual auction coordinator to raise funds for teacher scholarships to attend annual conferences and for classrooms science projects. He has won numerous awards and been recognized for his innovative educational standards both within the agency and outside, was voted by his peers as the most inspirational WDF employee in 1991, awarded the outstanding public service award in 2000, recognized as Region 6's public servant of the year in 2003, and was WDFW's state educator of the year in 2006. He was inducted into his high school hall of fame in 1989 for professional, civic, and humanitarian achievements. On June 28, 2012, he was named the National Marine Educator of the Year in Anchorage, Alaska at the annual NMEA conference at the University of Alaska.
In 1996, he began a multicultural outreach effort to learn how to effectively partner with the diverse communities coming into Washington State. This work entailed working with the Korean, Filipino, Samoan, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Laotian communities in the Puget Sound region. He not only brought programs to the elders and church leaders, but also mentored to their youth, most of whom are bilingual. This ability empowered them to then deliver critical agency messages into their respective communities. This work has been recognized with awards nationally and endeared him to the communities who have "adopted" him as one of their own even in retirement.
Alan is very active in the world of beachcombing and promoting all activities associated with our northwest beaches as a sought after public speaker. He was involved with the annual Seaside, Oregon beachcombers festival from 1973-1981 as their publicity chair and then co-founded the Ocean Shores Beachcombers Fun Fair in 1987 serving as the events director for its first 5 years. This event celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012.
He was recently appointed by the Grays Harbor County commissioners to serve as a board member on the Grays Harbor Marine Resources Committee and has also been appointed to serve on the advisory board for the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.
He enjoys traveling around the world to meet aquatic educators and learning their secrets to their successful programs. His aquatic journeys have taken him to all of the Hawaiian Islands, Mexico, Central America, the Middle East, China (including Outer Mongolia), Hong Kong, South Korea (including the DMZ), Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the Galapagos Islands and Andes mountains of Ecuador, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, the Amazon, Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley of Peru, Alaska x10, France, Iceland, and many aquariums across the United States.