Jessica Burch is probably a recognizable, friendly face for patrons who frequent Wet Zone water park. She started at Wet Zone has a lifeguard and is now the programs and special events supervisor for the facility.
Burch originally moved to Rowlett from Colorado as a child with her father’s job. She attended Rowlett High School and is now a senior at Texas A&M.
What are your responsibilities as the programs and special events supervisor?
I am in charge of making sure our swim lessons run efficiently. I train all the staff to make the lesson plans, and I’m also in charge of all of our special events implementation, like our Flick N Float, our Angel Swim for special needs kids, our season pass parties.
How did you get started at Wet Zone?
This was my first summer job and one thing led to another and I became supervisor.
What are you studying in school?
I’m studying Parks and Rec with an emphasis in event management and implementation. I graduate in December.
Why did you choose to go into this career field?
I was a marketing major for three years in college and I’d come home every summer and do the events here at Wet Zone, I love it so I thought why not change my major to do something more exciting than marketing. I just fell in love with the designing and detail-orientedness of the event and working directly with the customers.
What’s your plan for life after graduation?
I’m hoping to get a job working in corporate events doing sales rallies, sales trips, anything like that.
What else do you do here at Wet Zone?
On top of supervising the programs I also help train the lifeguards, I’m LGI (lifeguard instructor) certified, so I help certify lifeguards at the beginning of the summer and then I help with the weekly training of the lifeguards and keeping their skills fresh.
In the years that you’ve been here, what would you say has been the most enjoyable part of your job?
I really like it when we do games out on the deck and just hanging out with the kids, seeing how for the time that they’re out hula hooping or playing a game with us they’re just having so much fun, and you see the joy that parents get.
What would be your least favorite part of the job?
When I have to do maintenance like clean out filter baskets, the not so glamorous side of water parks.
What would you say you’ve learned from your time working at Wet Zone?