Pros: beach, great coworkers, decent pay, fun job when not giving tickets
Cons: hot/extreme weather, irate customers, no benefits, dangerous job
Working at the State Park was great, aside from having to write people tickets for their meters expiring. I learned a lot about humility and a lot about how to help people calm their emotions-- great customer service skill building.
I never rushed my job-- I always made sure I spent a good amount of time at each vehicle if I had a ticket to write, because many times the person who was late was only late by a few minutes, and they'd show up while I was there. I enjoyed that (and so did they!).
It worked in my favor too, because if I took 5 minutes to write the ticket, and I end up with an irate person with a ticket waving in my face, I can politely tell them that I spent a long time waiting at their vehicle, and that was the grace period. Most people are okay with that and accept that.
The job taught me a lot, plus I literally got to walk along the beach/walkway, soaking up the sunshine. Sure, I had to remain vigilant and patrol the beach parking lots, but I enjoyed the customer service aspect of the job: greeting tourists and day-visitors, assisting the disabled with proper access to our beaches, and otherwise making sure people have a nice visit while at our parks.