What were you doing before working for Backroads?
I just graduated with a degree in Biology from Occidental College.
Why did the TPS position interest you?
I was very excited about the chance to be apart of the Backroads culture. I also felt very lucky to be a part of creating a new position and ready for the challenge.
Where did you work as a TPS?
I worked in Alaska for three months and then in California for two. This winter I get to work in Hawaii!
What were the highlights of the job/lifestyle?
Getting to work with so many different people was something unique to the TPS position that I thought was very valuable. I picked up tips and tricks from so many people!
What were the hardest parts of the job/lifestyle?
On the flip side, working with so many people lends itself to many different techniques and solutions. It was challenging at first but the end product is what is important.
What skills did you gain from working as a TPS?
I learned a lot about thinking holistically about ;a whole region. Keeping track of which units were coming and going and who needed what was a fun challenge. I also learned to work with many different coworkers with different styles.
What advice do you have for future TPSs to get the most of the role?
Jump in and take ownership and pride for the position. I would highly recommend this position. You take a lot of pride in the work you do and those efforts can really help the outcome of trips.