Beth Linley is the park services specialist at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee.
In which branch of the armed forces did you serve?
U.S. Air Force.
Briefly describe your job in the military. Include the number of years you served.
I worked in Air Transportation, which is basically the military airport services: passengers, cargo, fleet services. I enlisted for four years, but my time was cut short to two years. That was due to a medical discharge of being allergic to the cold. Yes, it is a real thing and yes, it is really weird. It’s called Cold Urticaria. Google it!
Which bureau, office, park or trail do you work for now?
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
Describe your job in the park service? What are your favorite parts of your job?
I’m a park services specialist, which gives me the greatest position in managing our volunteers and some park-sponsored events.
How did your service in the military prepare you for working for the Florida Park Service?
The structure of the military provided me with a specific skill set which is a fantastic asset in the Florida Park Service. Most of my skills that I learned throughout basic training, and the two years I was in, definitely have assisted me while serving in the Florida Park Service. Time management, attention to detail, respecting chain of command are just a few of the skills that transfer.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in the Florida Park Service?
Definitely keep an open mind and always look for new ways to grow personally and professionally. There are so many opportunities afforded to Florida Park Service employees whether they be in the office or in the field. Also, learn from your colleagues. Most of my colleagues have been with the Florida Park Service for five to 10+ years and have worked in other parks. Learn from them. They will be your best assets! I will cherish the experiences I’ve experienced thus far forever.