Staff Spotlight, Jesse Schmidt
Park Services Specialist, Jesse Schmidt
Jesse started his outdoor career working part-time for the Wekiwa Springs State Park concessionaire renting canoes and kayaks, and maintenance as needed. It was then he realized environmental protection was a calling to him.
Through hard work and dedication, he slowly worked his way up the ranks from weekend ranger to resident park ranger in 2006. Jesse would find his true calling a year later in 2007 when he joined the District burn team. He would eventually go on to lead the team for the 2011 - 2014 fire seasons.
During his service on the burn team, he accumulated hundreds of prescribed fires and wildfires leading to endless leadership experience, and vast knowledge of resource management practices. Through the years, his experience, knowledge, and training have made Jesse a sought-after mentor for his peers.
Jesse loves his role as a park services specialist working in an ever-changing environment and especially enjoys getting the opportunity to see the abundant wildlife in their natural surroundings. Above all else getting to meet people from all over the world, that ask challenging questions, is what Jesse truly enjoys here. In addition to making all visitor’s experience at our state parks special, he is also proud of helping to maintain the grounds of this important site.