For me, it not really clear why Ron Swanson is working at the Parks Department:
- Ron hates the government.
- Ron has a lot of money. (He mentions several times that he has buried gold.)
- He doesn't like the job and is not interested in anything related to it.
- He has experience in working for other companies. (He mentioned to Leslie that he was employed when he was very small.)
The only reason I see is that Ron wants to cut the budgets from government projects – but in this case: Is it clear that he would directly become the person in charge of the department? And if this would be the only reason, why isn't he applying for city manager or similar?