Training in the wild outdoors

28 May

On Wednesday I returned from Interpreter Training School at Lake Ozark State Park.  My new boss at the Department of Natural Resources though it would be a good introduction to the Parks system and I could get a feel for the people who work in the parks. Training was a 32 hour, 4 day camping trip!

It was a ton of fun and I learned a lot about a range of topics from American Indians to Water Safety to snakes. For me, the best part of the experience was being surrounded by people who absolutely loved their jobs! The experienced interpreters truly had a passion for what they were doing. My mom and grandma both say, “If you love your job you’ll never work a day in your life.” Although all the interpreters put in long hours in the sun with all kinds of critters, none of them probably consider it “work.”

Some of the training focused on building and giving strong presentations. I felt pretty confident with my tour guide and Summer Welcome experience, so I did not sweat my 10 minutes in the spotlight.

Here’s a video from my new vado camera of me holding a snake. (I’m not a snake person, in case you can’t tell)

Shannon holding a Snake

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