RALEIGH -- Joy Greenwood, the first superintendent at Dismal Swamp State Park, has accepted a position as superintendent at Merchants Millpond State Park in Gates County, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.
A superintendent is the chief of operations and administration at a state park or state recreation area with wide-ranging responsibilities for staffing, training, law enforcement, visitor services, natural resource protection and environmental education.
Greenwood is native of Vernon, NJ and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from East Carolina University in 1993. After working as a seasonal employee with the N.C. Department of Agriculture, she joined the state parks system in 1998 as a ranger at Goose Creek State Park. From 2001-05, she was a ranger at Pettigrew State Park. She became a ranger at what was then Dismal Swamp State Natural Area in 2005 and was named superintendent there when it was developed and reauthorized as a state park in 2007.
Greenwood is a certified environmental educator and has advanced training in law enforcement and prescribed burning. She is a physical fitness and CPR instructor for the parks system.
“Joy brings broad experience as a superintendent and a keen knowledge of the region and its communities to her new post at Merchants Millpond State Park,” said Carol Tingley, acting state parks director. “Under her guidance, Merchants Millpond will maintain its strong tradition of visitor service, education and natural resource protection.”
Merchants Millpond State Park was established in 1973 and now encompasses 3,447 acres. It reported visitation of 247,952 in 2013.
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