Patrick Hartsfield is the assistant park manager at Deer Lake and Grayton Beach state parks near Destin.
In which branch of the armed forces did you serve?
Briefly describe your job in the military.
I was a Navy hospital corpsman for 1st Battalion 7th Marines and Naval Hospital Republic of the Philippines.
Which bureau, office, park or trail do you work for now?
Grayton Beach State Park.
Describe your job in the park service? What are your favorite parts of your job?
Assistant park manager of Deer Lake and Grayton Beach state parks. My favorite part of the job is the resource management and interpretation.
How did your service in the military prepare you for working for the Florida Park Service?
Working in the Navy and Marine Corps taught me teamwork and how to be a team player.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in the Florida Park Service?
Be flexible and be positive.