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Columbia FWCO Welcomes CARE Student Employees
Midwest Region, July 1, 2010
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CARE student David Nittler mends a trammel net. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
CARE student David Nittler mends a trammel net. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a
Tanner Goodale pauses for a minute while preparing the boat for field work. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
Tanner Goodale pauses for a minute while preparing the boat for field work. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo) - Photo Credit: n/a

Columbia FWCO is proud to introduce two new summer employees. Tanner Goodale and David Nittler come to us through a local student job placement program for middle and high school students called Career Awareness Related Experience (CARE).  These students are paid by the city of Columbia but gain valuable hands-on experience while assisting our field crews with equipment repair and maintenance, as well as field data collection (when river levels allow).  This is the fifth year our office has received student help from the CARE organization.  Welcome aboard!

Tanner Goodale

I’m Tanner Goodale, I’m 15 years of age and I’m going to Rockbridge High School as a sophomore. I enjoy football, fishing, target shooting, and just hanging out with my friends. I also enjoy being active in my church, and assisting my friends when necessary.  As you may be able to imagine, I am also active in school. That’s where I heard of the C.A.R.E. program. I went through the process and ended up with a job at the US Fish and Wildlife Department. I was happy to have a job that connected to me… but I didn’t know anybody there.  I got the job, though, and decided it was close enough to bike to work. I enjoy working here and I can identify a few of the people, but not all of them yet. So far I’ve only gone out to the river a couple of times. When we went out to the river the first time, we were pulling and setting trot lines. We have also trawled a few times. I’ve also had the opportunity to search for flood plains and even got to see a carp up close and personal. That was pretty crazy. I’ve also done stream crossings. We measure the water depth and the bridge length to determine if the bridge needs replacement. Things I’ve done in the shop are:  cleaning boats, mending nets, cleaning bait boxes, and baiting hooks. I’ve also worked in the lab to identify the age of a fish based off its scales. That was really cool and now I know how to tell how old a fish is. I have also worked on identifying fish that are too small to do out in the field.

David Nittler

My name is David Nittler, and I will be a junior at Hickman high school in the fall. I am sixteen years old. Some of the hobbies that I enjoy are hunting, fishing, sports, and camping. I was hired by the CARE program in May and was soon working for the Columbia FWCO in June. Some of the things that I have been doing here include mending nets, washing boats, cleaning the boat barn, helping the STEP students with projects, and my favorite going on the river and catching fish. While working here I have learned many things. Some of them for example are identifying fish, how to mend nets, how to set trot lines, and how to push trawl. Working here has been a great experience for me. I am very fortunate to be able to look forward to going to work and like my job. Not many other teenagers can say the same about their jobs. I am also very lucky to have such friendly co-workers. I am very proud to be a part of the Columbia FWCO.


Contact Info: Patricia Herman, 573-234-2132 x170, Patricia_Herman@fws.gov



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