Staff Spotlight, Terry Nowak

Terry Nowak standing on a boardwalk with the beach behind him

Terry Nowak, Park Ranger

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

With a Bachelor's degree in Political Science, Terry Nowak spent two years with the Peace Corps in West Africa. After 25 years with a couple of paper companies, Terry received a severance package, bought a camper van and headed to Florida. For several months he camped along the Florida coastline staying mostly in Florida State Parks. From Anastasia State Park to Bahia Honda State Park to Henderson Beach State Park.

While staying at Koreshan State Park, he heard about the Campground Host program. After a year of volunteering he took an OPS park ranger position. A year later he got a position with Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park as a park ranger. He returned to the private sector for a few years and considers himself lucky to be rehired at Delnor-Wiggins, where he met his lovely wife Kimberly, and where he's been ever since.

Terry takes pride in keeping the park safe and clean for visitors. When not working at the ranger station, you can find him repairing boardwalks and buildings, which he considers a priority. 

What does Terry consider to be the best part of working for the Florida Park Service? It's when people ask, "How do I get your job?." He tells them, "It's a long story."

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