Let’s Talk Inclusion with Director Melissa Battite

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“I was very comfortable, I was very challenged, I loved who I worked with… but I thought, if I don’t take this opportunity to just try, I’ll never know.” Melissa Battite Tweet Hey everyone, thanks for tuning in again!  This week I had the opportunity to talk with Melissa Battite (CPRP!), who is the Director at […]

Professional Development for Parks & Rec Leaders with Anthony Iracki

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“You are a caretaker of the community, but you need to take care of yourself first.” Anthony Iracki Tweet In this episode, I had the great opportunity to interview Anthony Iracki, MS, CPRP, for an exciting conversation about professional development in the field of parks and recreation. As a young professional, Anthony has some truly […]

Inspiration and Advice for Starting a Career in Parks and Recreation

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Overview This podcast is all about how to raise the bar in parks and recreation because we know that it’s our responsibility to serve our community to the best of our ability. That means we need two things: 1) We need to be able to use new tools that will help us be more efficient […]

Preparing for Summer with Jayna Lang

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Jayna Lang’s first job was as a lifeguard at her local pool; she turned that summer job into a lifelong career through parks and recreation. She worked her way up to the Recreation Program Supervisor role, learning valuable lessons along the way.  In this conversation, we talk about onboarding new employees, training them efficiently, and […]

Preparing for Summer with Jayna Lang

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Jayna Lang’s first job was as a lifeguard at her local pool; she turned that summer job into a lifelong career through parks and recreation. She worked her way up to the Recreation Program Supervisor role, learning valuable lessons along the way.  In this conversation, we talk about onboarding new employees, training them efficiently, and […]

Creating, Evaluating, and Marketing Programs with Renee Raney

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Renee Raney loves her job. She is the Parks Operations Supervisor of Events for Cheaha State Park. Each and everyday, people travel to the park to participate in the unique programs and activities the park offers. Whether its “Hammocking 101, the “Women’s Wilderness Weekend,” or the countless other outdoor programs, Renee is behind the scenes making […]

Welcome to the Podcast!

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Hello everybody and welcome to the Becky Talks Parks Podcast. It’s so exciting to see this project come to life. For too long, I have thought… where is the conversation for parks and recreation professionals? The current mediums for communication leave much to be desired. I want to share authentic conversations with professionals in our […]

Interview w/ a Small Town Parks and Rec Director

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“I think that quality of life is truly what we do.  For me, it’s a calling, not a career.  It’s not a job, and we aren’t just picking up paychecks.  We get to really believe it what we do.  And that, I don’t think there can be anything more fulfilling.”   These are the words that […]