Professionals in the park and recreation field enhance the quality of life for all people, through advancing environmental conservation efforts, social equity, and health and wellness. If you are interested in a career in the field, read these first-hand accounts of different career opportunities and learn what it's really like to be a park and recreation professional.
Interim Assistant Director
Shane Mize, Missouri City Parks and Recreation
Missouri City, TX
"If you have the opportunity, take the time to learn about the diverse areas this field offers."
Assistant Division Chief in Sports, Health and Wellness Division
Tara Eggleston, CPRP, AFO, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
"Whenever possible, work to broaden your professional network via state and national conferences, committees, boards, and training opportunities."
Alicia Meredith, New Albany Parks and Recreation Department
City of New Albany, IN
"Always be respectful and considerate of people in all positions at all level, valuing each opinion and conversation, as you never know who might just be the one person you need in your corner."
Dr. Diane Blankenship, Ed.D., CPRP, Frostburg State University
"Get a diversified work experience before pursuing an advance degree."
Recreation Specialist III
Reginald Thompson, Gallops Senior Center Director
Columbus Parks and Recreation Department
"First, you must have a love and passion for recreation."