Friday, July 31, 2009
Enjoy the View
Another day off and another one of my favorite trees. This poor tree is jutting out from a very steep river bank. To look at it, you would think that it is a branch that fell to the ground from a bigger tree and the leaves will die off any day. The scraggly little, crooked tree has had a larger tree fall on it, fishing hooks caught in it, children climbing in it, countless floods have left it completely submerged for weeks at a time, as well as being exposed to drought for long periods of time, yet it still lives on. It provides the only bit of shade for fishermen near the dock which is also a good fishing spot when the sun is hot and heavy. I love it because it provides a gorgeous focal point for down river views.
I also want to keep with my initial idea of sharing some information or answering questions on days off. Because I haven't gotten many suggestions, I will try to fill you in on topics that I think you might be wondering about. If you have any ideas for discussion or questions, please post them in the comments section. Don't be shy!
I obviously don't keep the whole park running by myself, it would kill me. I mention other people from time to time, but I don't want to invade their privacy so I don't talk about them specifically online. I would like to fill you in on the whole picture though. I am the only FTE or Full Time Employee at Troy, I am the only Park Ranger. There is also one OPS (Other Personnel Services) position assigned to Troy, a part time employee. We are the only two park employees. We have more help though. We have a handful of very dedicated volunteers who do just about everything that I do. They also put unique talents and skills at our disposal. Some volunteers live locally and come to the park to work a few days a week. Other volunteers are RVers. They exchange volunteer work for a stay in the park. We do not have a campground, but we have one volunteer host site for RVing volunteers. We also work with a program called Experience Works which is a national, charitable organization. The program provides low income seniors with training and employment. Experience Works pays an individual to come and work at the park. The person gets a job and training in all of the responsibilities at the park and we have some valuable help. Between the lot of us; myself, 1 OPS position, 2-6 volunteers, and up to 2 Experience Works employees we keep the park in top condition, make sure that visitors are happy and safe, and open and close the park. It takes more than that to keep the park running though. We also have support staff at a nearby park, Ichetucknee Springs. The Park Manager, the Assistant Park Manager, an Administrative Assistant, and a Park Biologist all work at Ichetucknee Springs, but they cover Troy Springs as well. I also have a separate Park Manager and Administrative Assistant that I work with regarding Adams Tract.
I hope that adds some light to the big picture that is my job.