Many people work within parks. Recreation Department professionals work to keep neighborhood parks in good condition, providing maintenance like lawn mowing, painting, trash collection, and general upkeep. They may replace old swings with new ones, make repairs, maintain hiking trails, and coordinate organized sports games. In addition, they may petition for funding for more equipment, on behalf of the community's family members and kids.
State and national parks, as well as reservations, are protected by the government and are open to everyone. Professionals may include campground coordinators, park rangers, repair and maintenance crews, and tour guides. They all work together to maintain and present the best forest possible, complete with neat camp sites, wildlife, trails to hike, and creeks to swim in.
Those who love the outdoors and enjoy meeting new people each day would be ideally suited for working in a state or national park. An interest in the environment and animals is a plus. Positions can range from full time to seasonal to volunteer. Parks may provide a variety of offerings to visitors, such as summer camps for kids, swimming lessons, and family nature hikes. These parks may have a hand in community grass roots efforts, helping to build awareness of wildlife protection, for instance. They also typically provide park protection, permits, and visitor services.
Small neighborhood parks sponsored by recreation departments also offer visitors a variety of services, such as concession stands, playgrounds, free parking, grassy picnic areas, and access to hiking and biking trails. Parks in general are all about getting in touch with nature. That's why people visit them, expecting good, clean fun where kids can play on the swings and adults can take a leisurely stroll.