My mentor is Bob Mackenzie, who is the head gardener and has worked at Adams for 25 years. If you were ever a part of Branching Out, you would definitely know Bob. He has strongly supported Branching Out ever since the program started and always has interesting stories to entertain his interns. Bob is also extremely experienced and has taught me so many things this summer, not just about gardening but about multiple aspects of the park. He started working at Adams in his forties. He initially applied to be a Museum Tech for the park, but was eventually hired as a WG-3 laborer in maintenance.
Bob has worked at several different places. After he served in the Army during the Vietnam War, he worked for the telephone company. After this, he was a Teacher/Houseparent/Counselor/maintenance worker at a private boarding school. Bob has also worked as the aquarist at the New England Aquarium and was a part of the marine mammal rescue team. In terms of education, Bob has attended several community colleges and attended UMass Boston for almost two years.
Bob’s favorite part of working at Adams is being a part of the National Park Service and contributing to landscapes that will continue to persist through future generations.
Bob has been an extremely funny, knowledgeable, and overall wonderful mentor this summer and I couldn’t have asked for a better park mentor. Thank you so much for the interesting stories, funny jokes, and overall wonderful experience at Adams!