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A Valuable Experience
Midwest Region, November 2, 2009
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During November, University of Missouri student Dylan Spruance job shadowed technician Colby Wrasse of Columbia FWCO.  Dylan was interested in experiencing field work on the Missouri River and also interested in fulfilling a class requirement.  During the day Dylan was with us, we ran gill nets as part of the Pallid Sturgeon Population Assessment Program. 


Dylan got to experience the life of a deck hand as he picked fish, pulled in gill nets, weighed and measured fish, and did all the other dirty jobs expected of a field crew member.  Although no pallid sturgeon were captured that day, we did capture several shovelnose sturgeon and other interesting native fish. 


Job shadowing and volunteering in the natural resources field is important for students as they decide on their future careers plans.  These experiences give students a realistic, up-close view of the field.  Most times students love the experience, and it serves as additional motivation.  However, some students learn that this isn’t the right career for them and it gives them time to change directions. 


Either way, volunteering and job shadowing is usually an insightful experience.  We hope that Dylan got something out of his day on the river, and Columiba FWCO looks forward to continuning to work with the University of Missouri.        

Contact Info: Colby Wrasse, 573-234-2132 x30, colby_wrasse@fws.gov
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