A Dream Job as a Park Keeper

Guenther Boone, a father of four, always loved the outdoors and longed to be a park keeper. As he struggled to make a family-sustaining wage, Guenther’s mother-in-law referred him to Minneapolis Urban League’s (MUL) partnership with the Minneapolis Park Board and suggested he reach out to learn more.

After meeting with MUL staff about the program, Guenther quickly saw the partnership as an opportunity to care for his family while pursuing a career he loved. With his willingness to do whatever it took to achieve his dream, he became the first person to participate in this unique program. Guenther’s eagerness to learn propelled him toward success as he became known for arriving early and staying late after class.

MUL provided the stepping stones Guenther needed through our four-week career readiness class that covered workplace behavior, computer assessment, customer service and more. These skills were necessary to enroll in the Minneapolis Park Board’s year-long training.

Guenther completed the required training and was one of the top trainees in the park keeper program. He knows his new position in the park system is perfect for him, and he can see the long-term benefits. He knows he and his family will be taken care of thanks to his participation in this unique program!

Learn more about our job training and opportunities on our Employment and Training page.

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