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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
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Columbia NFWCO Welcomes CARE Student Employees
Midwest Region, July 9, 2009
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Josh gets to hold his first federally endangered pallid sturgeon caught in a trammel net on the Missouri River.
Josh gets to hold his first federally endangered pallid sturgeon caught in a trammel net on the Missouri River. - Photo Credit: n/a
Riaz hard at work scanning in old fisheries slides.
Riaz hard at work scanning in old fisheries slides. - Photo Credit: n/a
Chris Roseberry proudly poses in front of one the trucks he has just washed.
Chris Roseberry proudly poses in front of one the trucks he has just washed. - Photo Credit: n/a

Columbia NFWCO is proud to introduce three new summer employees.  Chris Roseberry, Josh Tharp and Riaz Helfer 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 fourth year our office has received student help from the CARE organization.  Welcome to our office, gentlemen!

Chris Roseberry

This is Chris Roseberry, I am 15 years old and I am becoming a sophomore from a freshman.  My hobbies are football, basketball, baseball and also rugby.  I like to be helpful and do what I can for my community.  What I like about this job is that I learn something new everyday and getting to do the stuff I learned on my own.  I like to use the power washer when my colleagues and I are washing the boats and trucks.  I like fixing the nets because it helps the biologists get their job done easier and more efficiently.  I when we learn different ways to say fishes names in different countries.  I want to learn more about the U. S. Fish & Wildlife around the United States and the other offices.  I would like to know how to use the nets that we fix.  I would also like to learn the differences between a catfish and a silver carp and all other fish in the Missouri River.  From my experience here, I want to take with me all the things that I have learned and the friendships I have built with others.  I also treasure all the moments I had here with my new family and I am proud to say it.  Peace.

Josh Tharp

Josh Tharp is 14 years old and will be starting his freshman year at Hallsville High School.  He joined Columbia NFWCO in the middle of June.  He enjoys fishing and hunting in his spare time.  He has hunted for two years and has fished all of his life.  He camps and spends his summers outdoors.  He currently plays on a local baseball team and likes to hang out with friends.  The part of the job that he likes most is fixing the nets.  He would like to learn what a real fisheries person does on an average day.  He would also like to go out on the river and learn how to use the nets that he has been mending for the past month.  To be able to have a job like this and to be in this environment is an outstanding achievement in his life.

Riaz Helfer

Riaz Helfer joined Columbia NFWCO for the first time in June 2009.  A fifteen year-old, this sophomore is interested in his school subjects, which include math, sciences, history, and foreign languages.  He also is on the Quiz Bowl team and enjoys reading, memorizing Harry Potter trivia facts, and playing soccer and Ultimate Frisbee with his friends. 

So far, he has most enjoyed mending gill nets while listening to interesting anecdotes of the Missouri (which include ducks being drowned by snapping turtles and beavers biting through nets).  He hopes that he will be able to tell some anecdotes of his own after going to the Missouri River as well as learning how to catch and identify different fish.  He greatly believes that time on the river would teach him much about fish and wildlife for these reasons, but even when he is at the boat barn he learns many handy skills (e.g. changing tires and bearings, and washing boats and trucks with new (at least to him) equipment). 

Basically, Columbia NFWCO is a great learning experience, and since joining it, Riaz has learned much already and hopes that he will learn even more, and perhaps even more than that when he gets into the field.  Though he already was an advocate for conserving the wild, Columbia NFWCO has taught him more about it and how to better channel his efforts for improving America.

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