Park Worker at Metro Vancouver/Parks in Langley, BC
In my first work term I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to be working for Metro Vancouver in Derby Reach Regional Park as a park worker. As a park worker we maintain the cleanliness and safety of the park and it’s trails while operating various pieces of equipment, repairing buildings and structures as well as aiming to incorporate the public into one of Metro Vancouver’s most popular nature parks. By having a presence in the park we are able to interact with the public and educate individuals on Metro Vancouver bylaws and aspects of the park such as the Fraser river which it is situated next to! A typical shift varies greatly in this work environment and can include landscaping and maintaining grass, trees, shrubs, etc., invasive species removal, aiding injured wildlife, ensuring park users are following bylaws and preserving the park and its features through educating. This position has allowed me to grow in many ways and develop my strengths of work ethic, independence in completing tasks, working in a well functioning team and communication skills with both coworkers and the public. Further, through working in parks it opens possible future paths for myself as well as allowing me to incorporate aspects of what I have learned in my degree into the real world. I would certainly recommend this position to anyone that enjoys being outdoors everyday while gaining good experience working in their area of study.