Alumni in Action: Geoff Roberts
Geoff Roberts, a Recreation and Park Administration Masters of Science alum, graduated in August 2011. He is an outdoors fanatic and calls bass fishing his number one hobby. That’s where you’ll find him on a nice day when he’s not working: on the water. Bird watching and camping are other outdoor favorites of his.
Recently, Geoff was hired by Kentucky State Parks. He is now the Parks Program Services Leader at Rough River Dam State Resort Park in western Kentucky. In an interview with Geoff, I asked him some questions about his new job and advice for future graduates on how to land a great job!
Laura: What are some of the tasks you will be performing at your new job?
Geoff: In short, it’s my responsibility to provide recreational opportunities to park visitors. As the head of the recreation department the majority of my work will revolve around developing and delivering interpretive programming to park patrons as well as helping to plan, promote, and put on special events and activities at the park.
Laura: What do you look forward to most with your new job?
Geoff: The diversity of the work itself; I will be doing a lot of different things and job task variety is something that’s very appealing to me. One day I may be delivering programs and the next I may be cataloging flora and fauna because I’m also the park naturalist. It’s exciting to know that the job will never be dull or monotonous.
Laura: Any advice for future Recreation and Park Administration grads?
Geoff: I would recommend that current students in the program begin networking with various agencies on the local, state, or federal level. If at all possible, working part-time or volunteering with one such agency is a great way to gain experience and network with potential future employers or colleagues. After graduation, begin searching for employment opportunities keeping in mind that many agencies post their openings online. Once an interview has been secured, prepare exhaustively and learn as much as you can about that particular agency – preparedness goes a long way and lets the search committee know that you’ve done your homework. Also, don’t hesitate to request letters of recommendation from your previous professors. This department is home to an excellent staff of professors who will be more than willing to help you during the job search process.
Great advice! Thanks to Geoff for taking time to speak with me. On behalf of the Department of Recreation and Park Administration, we wish Geoff the best of luck at his new job!
If you’d like to contact Geoff, email him at email@example.com.
Published on November 10, 2011