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Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge Uses Job Shadow Day to Grow a Conservation Advocate
Midwest Region, February 7, 2012
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Brock Kurre, Job Shadow student, gains cadastral experience from Missouri Survey Office staff member Robert Nicolli
Brock Kurre, Job Shadow student, gains cadastral experience from Missouri Survey Office staff member Robert Nicolli - Photo Credit: USFWS_Robert Cail

When Brock Kurre, Perry County-32 Middle School student, asked to job shadow the Refuge Manager at the Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge, he received a resounding affirmative. On Feb. 2, 2012, Kurre got a chance to be a "Jr. Refuge Manager" for a day by learning about the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System and discovered details about the various programs in the Midwest Region, as well as the ecological importance of side channels, sloughs, and backwaters administered by the Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge.

Brock's job shadow experience afforded him the opportunity to go beyond the wildlife management aspect of Refuge Management by being exposed to public use scenarios in which he was asked to provide his opinions on how best to address public access, public use, and visitor/wildlife interaction conflicts. As a bonus, Kurre was introduced to the importance of locating Refuge property boundaries, the use of new Global Position System technology, and professional survey standards by Rob Nicolli, Missouri Survey Office staff. "Of all the occupations that Brock could have chosen to job shadow, it surely is encouraging that he (Brock) is considering a future Conservation career", notes Refuge Manager Robert Cail.


Contact Info: Robert Cail, 618.763.4420 X12, robert_cail@fws.gov



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