Manatee County Parks hosts May 1 Career Night at Mosaic Nest

Manatee County Parks hosts May 1 Career Night at Mosaic Nest
Posted on 04/25/2018

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (April 25, 2018) – Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources will host the department's first Career Night for middle school, high school and college students next week. The May 1 event will take place at Robinson Preserve's new Mosaic NEST a beautiful new elevated tree house education center.

“We are excited to invite the next generation of scientists, historians and environmental educators to join us at Robinson Preserve for an evening of career connection,” said Elena Burke, Parks and Natural Resources education specialist. “The evening will include a panel discussion, Q and A forum and opportunities to network with professionals from a variety of environmental careers including environmental education, archaeology, ecology, and more. This is the perfect event for any student who may be interested in a career working in nature.”

This event will take place from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Mosaic NEST at Robinson Preserve with a panel discussion starting at 6:30 p.m. This unique location, nestled in the trees of the new Robinson Preserve Expansion property, is the perfect setting to inspire future scientists. Representatives from multiple County departments and divisions, including Parks and Natural Resources own IFAS Extension program, Resource Management, Ecological Services, Volunteer and Education, and Natural Resources will attend to share stories, tips on breaking into the field and to answer questions about their jobs and daily duties.

“While this is a great opportunity for participants to learn how to get a nature-related job with the County it’s also an excellent opportunity for them to discover careers available in agencies throughout Manatee County,” Elena said. “Professionals from the Florida Forest Service, Stantec environmental consulting services, Florida Public Archaeology Network, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, New College, Oscar Scherer State Park, Atkins, and Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch will all be on hand to share their work as well. This is a wonderful opportunity to discover the wide variety of positions available in these fields.”

For more information, or to volunteer to host a table to share your nature related career field, please contact

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