I’m Todd Gross. I’ve worked as a Parks and Services Manger for the City of Port Coquitlam for the past 7 years. Here is my story…
Q: What do you love about your job?
A: The difference we can make in a community. We service the taxpayers of our community but in particular our users or residents really appreciate the broad range of services we provide.
Q: How did you come to decide to pursue a career in this occupation?
A: I always had a love for outdoors and recreation. When I decided to go to school this seemed most aligned with my interests.
Q: What are good traits or skills that someone should have when considering this career?
A: Have a passion for what you do. Have a strong interest. Without it you’re not going to be successful.
Q: What advice would you give someone considering a career in the Parks Sector?
A: Follow your dreams. Get your education up front rather than down the road. It’ll open more opportunities for you. Don’t get disheartened or set back if it takes awhile to get there. We’re going through revitalization in municipal government. 20 years ago there weren’t many jobs and there is a mass retirement now and a lot of opportunities are going to be coming forward in the future. It’s a great time for jobs and interest in our field
Q: Do you have any hiring practices tips to share?
A: Do your homework i.e., come prepared to answer questions. Find out what you can about the organization or community you’re applying to. Know what your community has to offer and the structure of the organization as much as you can