Staff Spotlight, Emily May

Emily May, smiling at the camera, wearing her uniform.

Park Services Specialist Emily May

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

As a child in Buffalo, New York, Emily May spent a lot of her time hiking biking and generally spending time outdoors. The sense of adventure and making new discoveries made the outdoors an escape from the ordinary. As an adult sought out something new in her life that would continue to fuel her love of the outdoors and adventure. Finding that Florida’s warm weather and bountiful outdoor opportunities were the change that she was looking for, she moved to the state. In 2006 she joined the team at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park and works as a Park Services Specialist.

Emily focuses most of her attention on being the Wildlife Supervisor. She loves making new discoveries, and sharing them with everyone. Emily especially enjoys spending time with guests after a program. She says “we talk on many different topics and they leave not only with the biggest smile but with information that they didn’t even expect to receive.” This passion for educating led Emily to earn the title of “Interpreter of the year” for her district in 2017.

Emily’s duties go beyond wildlife. She is also involved in exotic plant removal, and is part of the burn team at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Emily is also a certified archaeological monitor and regularly assists when ground breaking projects take place.  Emily’s passion shows in her work. She embraces every opportunity to convey that passion to fellow employees and park guests.

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