Staff Spotlight, Scott Hoxie

Scott Hoxie standing by a gate in his ranger uniform.

Park Ranger, Scott Hoxie

Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park

Scott Hoxie was born and raised in Panama City, Florida. As a child, Scott remembers his parents always taking him to St. Andrews State Park. He has fond memories of camping, fishing and exploring the environment with his family. This fostered his love for the outdoors and ultimately his desire to be a park ranger.

What Scott loves most about the outdoors is the freedom of nature and the beauty of all the creatures and animals. At Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park, Scott performs landscaping but also participates in the prescribed burning program. The prescribed burning program is a necessary aspect of the land management at the park and is one of Scott’s favorite things about his position.

On a regular day you can most often catch Scott doing various park maintenance, like mowing and trimming the landscape, or anything else to help keep the park beautiful. The thing that brings Scott back to the park every day is the greatness of the outdoors and the opportunity to help educate the public about the various habitats in the park. Scott has a particular interest in the native pitcher plants in the park, and those plants are actually what drew Scott to Tarkiln Bayou in the first place. In his free time you can catch Scott hiking the miles of trails at the park, a favorite pastime of his. In whatever he is doing, Scott always makes sure to appreciate the world around him and how amazing it is to work at Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park,.

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