|Megan Blackwelder, Park Manager|
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The daily variety of work is important to Megan Blackwelder.
Name and position
Megan Blackwelder, park manager, Utah State Parks
Part of Megan's job is helping visitors to learn more about Dead Horse Point and Utah's incredible natural heritage.
What do you do?
I am the park manager at Dead Horse Point State Park where I am responsible for park operations, budgeting and staff supervision. Every day is different, and that's what I love most about my job. On any given day I could be greeting park visitors and offering suggestions of how to enjoy the park, training new staff, finalizing a commercial filming permit or planning a new development project in the park.
What kind of education is required for a job like yours?
A college degree is needed to start most careers with Utah State Parks. Whether you work at a museum, park, or administrative office, the required experience and background varies.
What would you suggest to people considering a career in state parks?
If you love the outdoors, enjoy working with people, and care about protecting wild and historic places, a park career may be right for you. If you'd like to find out, come and work with us! Apply for a seasonal position during the summer, or volunteer at a park near you. There are 43 Utah state parks to visit and explore, and each one is unique.
Why did you become a park manager?
I started my career with Utah state parks as a park naturalist at Goblin Valley State Park. I wanted to become a naturalist because I love sharing the park story with people. I have seen visitors in awe at the sight of a dark sky full of stars, and watched visitors marvel over the sandstone goblins and erosion's handiwork. I sense that they understand, like I do, how important it is to protect parks. My leadership skills led me to becoming a park manager and I have really enjoyed the responsibility, constant learning environment and working with staff to reach their potential. My career is challenging, rewarding and combines my passion for the outdoors and the desire to share it with others.