Park Technician Dylan Alexander
Park Service Profiles
Meet Dylan Alexander! Dylan started his career with South Carolina State Parks at Hamilton Branch State Park in 2019 before transferring to Calhoun Falls State Park. Dylan grew up Elberton, Georgia, where he attended Elbert County High School and later received his Associates Degree in Diesel Technology from Athens Technical College. He met his wife, Kaitlyn, at a singing event and they moved to Calhoun Falls to be near family. Dylan and Kaitlyn have a 2-year-old named Luciana and another little girl named Piper, who is due in August 2022.
Dylan grew up working for his father, where he learned his Maintenance skills. Before joining the SC State Park Service, Dylan served 6 years in the Army National Guard, worked in the automotive industry, and did Maintenance at a paper mill and a hotel.
Park Technicians like Dylan handle a lot of responsibility to keep parks running smoothly, especially during peak season. Park Technicians perform many duties, such as landscaping, plumbing, electrical, cleaning, and making repairs. One of Dylan’s favorite tasks is operating heavy machinery and welding, but the best part of his job is the scenery. “Operating heavy machinery and welding are by far my favorite job tasks to do. The most satisfying thing about my job is at any time during the day you can stop for just a moment and enjoy being outside. I enjoy looking out onto the lake and seeing how much everyone has done to keep our park in the best shape we possibly can,” he says.
Dylan encourages others to pursue this career and says that there is no other job that he knows of “where one day you can operate a boat to get a task done and the next a 4-wheeler to get trail work accomplished.” He says that the job is “very diverse in people and in job duties. There’s always something new to do and always something to learn.” For someone interested in the field, he suggests being willing to adapt, have a positive attitude, and don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.
Thank you for all your hard work, Dylan! To see what a day in Dylan’s life is like, watch episode 12 of our “A Day in the Life” series.
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