Sat. Feb 24th, 2024
My professional map of Ontario Parks

Today’s post comes from Morgan Racz, an experienced summer student and winner of one of our 2018 student scholarships.

This is the story of my dream career.

Currently, I am a few steps away from the path. I work for Ontario Parks at Port Burwell Provincial Park, as a provincial park ranger and chief maintenance student.

Starting point: maintenance student

July 2, 2016 was my first day at Ontario Parks.

two staff members in front of the truck

I will never forget when my supervisor Brenda asked me two hours later if I wanted to work for Ontario Parks forever. At the time I didn’t and thought the parks would just be a temporary summer job for me.

It’s amazing how much the organization has inspired me to change my career choice to focus on parks. I even changed the program I wanted to do in school, going from Nutrition to a Bachelor of Science.

Next Step (Ongoing): Post-Secondary Education

woman in front of agriculture sign

I knew that to achieve my professional goal I needed an education.

Currently, I am working toward a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.

Step forward: student maintenance manager

Staff in front of Ontario Parks truck

I received my first promotion to B-level park warden student on May 9, 2018. Now I work as a maintenance chief student.

I really enjoy having more responsibility and being able to teach and guide other students in the park!

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Relate my education to my professional goals

Woman in front of Ontario Parks banner

When I’m sitting in a class that I find boring or working on a project that I find challenging, I think about ways I can relate my schoolwork to my future job: provincial parks superintendent.

For example, when I do economics, I think, “One day I will need these skills to manage the park budget.”

Ontario Parks Student Scholarship

Woman standing in front of the backdrop of Ontario parks

From my first summer at Ontario Parks, I admired all the students who had exemplified high-quality work and received the Ontario Parks Student Scholarship.

I too wanted to work as hard as these students and was overwhelmed with joy when I received the scholarship and am very proud of my achievements.

Developing skills

group of staff members posing with machinery

The skills required as a provincial parks superintendent are:

  • team leadership
  • Business skills (budget and spending decisions).
  • Planning
  • hiring
  • application of the criminal code and the Ontario Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act

Both oral and written communication will be assets for this career. I know I will have to continue using text-to-speech software to have clear communication skills in this position.

Trampoline: manual worker

The next step I would like to take in my career is to become a manual worker.

staff member lying on the floor fixing tube

I would like this position because I would like to develop more maintenance skills and have more responsibility. I want to have more of a leadership role in my workplace.

Trampoline: Park Guardian

As I gain more confidence as a provincial park ranger, I would like to become a park ranger one day.

person talking to the warden

I would like to be able to protect the safety of our campers, but also the ecological integrity of our park. Inspired to one day become a MECP (Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks) badged officer.

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Objective: provincial parks superintendent

My goal is to one day become a provincial parks superintendent. This is a photo with my current superintendent, Rhonda.

staff member holding a badge next to the Superintendent

I really admired her as an employer and hope I can work to be as strong and confident as her and lead the park as well as she does.

Thank you for sharing your journey and your dreams with us, Morgan, and thank you for all the wonderful work you do in Port Burwell.

If Morgan’s story has inspired you to work in a provincial park this summer, applications are due March 29!