I’m Kevin Bunnett. I’ve worked as a Cemetery Supervisor for the Township of Langley; the City of Coquitlam, and in the private cemetery industry for a total of 19 years. Here is my story…
Q: What do you love about your job?
A:To be able to help people. To make them more comfortable about decisions they have to make regarding end of life.
Q: How did you come to decide to pursue a career in this occupation?
A: Started out as a second job doing ground maintenance in a cemetery. I liked being outdoors. I did all the ground maintenance, burial and setting headstones, and moved into a supervisory role where I can help give people direction.
Q: What are good traits or skills that someone should have when considering this career?
A: Listening and compassion.
Q: What advice would you give someone considering a career in the Parks Sector?
A: This job is specific, so here it’d be experience within industry, being a labourer and working my way up. Before I can help people with decisions, I should know what those decisions are and entail. Cremation, in ground or out of ground, full casket burial – The why and where of decisions, and how it effects them later.
Q: Do you have any hiring practices tips to share?
A: In our area experience and honesty and knowledge of what you’re getting into. It’s completely different than other areas in parks. Most people I know of in the field know someone. It’s an outdoor job, physical activity, you’re usually at same park every day, depending on the municipality. There are different needs at different cemeteries.