“I always envisioned working for an agency such as DEP where I could put my background and expertise to work while contributing to the protection and enhancement of Florida’s biological diversity.”
~ Alice Bard
Environmental Specialist II
Division of Recreation and Parks, Apopka
I have been with the Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Recreation and Parks for 17 years. I always envisioned working for an agency such as DEP, where I could put my
background and expertise to work while contributing to the protection
and enhancement of Florida’s biological diversity.
My work day is extremely varied. On one day I can be participating
in a prescribed burn in one of our state parks, or involved
in a biological survey, or working on a restoration project, or
assisting rangers in treating exotic (non-native) plants, or I could be
monitoring a population of a listed plant or animal species, or giving a
presentation to park rangers, AmeriCorps workers, or the public.
The variety of experiences and challenges make my career with DEP
interesting. Knowing that I am directly contributing to the conservation
of biological diversity in Florida is extremely rewarding, as is meeting
the daily challenge of enlightening others to this biological diversity
and encouraging them to convert that knowledge into positive action.
To be involved in public service, to make a difference day-to-day
while also laying the groundwork for a longer-term difference in the
conservation of Florida’s incredible biological diversity, is a very