Meet Jeff, Community & Development Intern!

Meet Jeff!

Jeff Heise is one of FGRP’s newest team members, rocking the position of Community Engagement and Development Intern! Jeff comes to us from Northern Illinois University, just outside of Chicago, with a background in biology/ecology, and a passion for ALL the data.

You’ll see him out and about at Friends events, but read on to learn more!

What led you to this work at Friends?

I have always been an “outdoors-y” person, and the idea of being able to collaborate with others to bring the benefits of green spaces to everyone is a huge passion of mine!


what do you see as the next step in your career after friends?

Once I finish my master’s degree, I hope to work somewhere that cares for greenspaces, be it urban parks or large natural areas.


What’s one professional skill you’re currently working on?

At Friends, I am learning a ton about how the non-profit sector works! The inner-workings of non-profits are a new field for me, and something that I am excited to get to learn about and take into the future.


what’s your favorite park in grand rapids (we know it’s hard to pick just one!)?

I love disc golfing, and Garfield Park has the best course around!


Food choices can tell a lot about someone. What’s your recommendation for the best food around town?

Donkey Taqueria has the best tacos!


If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?

Plant and soil science! (mm, we’re not surprised. love it!)

What book, podcast, or TV (Netflix counts!) show are you into right now?

Always RadioLab for podcasts, but I’m currently watching The Dark Crystal show on Netflix.


If you could only eat one item for every meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Tacos. Incredibly versatile, and I am always ready for them. (us too, Jeff. us too…)


If you could only have three apps on your smartphone, which would you pick?

EASY. Email, Weather, and Pokemon Go.


What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend?

Often working (I also work at a store in addition to at Friends), but otherwise spending time with my wife and cats!


Friends of Grand Rapids Parks has an active internship program and we’re always accepting resumes for the next season! Interested? Check it out here.

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