Alice Bard

“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

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 rewarding endeavor.