Parks Sector Hiring Practices Tips
What advice would you give to someone considering a career in the Parks sector? What are good traits for a person considering this field to possess? Tips from Parks Practitioners…
Work for a crew for the summer, then take the Residential Landscaping course. Talk to people in the field and at schools offering courses, and check out the city websites to see the many parks and trails and the city’s goal for the future. Be open minded, and possess the ability to keep up with industry changes, such as “no pesticide” usage. It’s helpful to have an education/training, the ability to perform physical tasks, and to be flexible, friendly, respectful, good natured and work well with others.
Source: BCPPWG http://bcworks.ca/profiles/janet-swanson/
Expect to have two interviews as well as a practical testing component included or part of interview. Expect prescreening questions to get to shortlisting. Try and develop a clear idea of what stream of work you want to purse. Parks operations is far more than gardening. Know the options. Be prepared for community interactions. Communication skills are vital to your success. Recreation programs at academic institutions may be worth considering, as the parks field appears to be changing in terms of how parks are operated. More community involvement now. Be prepared to be flexible, work hard, knowledge of park maintenance and construction aspects, willingness to communicate with the public about all kinds of issues and concerns. Be skilled at report writing, presenting plans and verbal skills at committee/ council meetings. Ability to work in a team environment and work with people such as engineering and planning departments, local business owners, developers, volunteer groups and school boards. Talk to a present employee in a parks system because they know what is really going on in the field. If you are looking for a job with a municipality and the one you are living in is not currently hiring or there is limited employment availability for recent graduates consider a working for a different municipality.
Source: BCRPA Survey (2013) Parks and Grounds Spring Training Attendees