Emily Greene does some nekton sampling.
Emily Greene, an AmeriCorps and Maine Conservation Corps Environmental Steward, tackles pretty much everything … and that’s the way she likes it!
I have always been in awe of the many things my father can do. He used to be a carpenter; built houses, furniture and my bookshelves. He understands electrical circuits, how to put together a catapult and is the ultimate grill master. He can also makeshift a floating dock, diagnose a sick car engine, fix broken machines, and above all he takes pride in his ability to tease his kids. Being a Jack-of-all-trades is pretty impressive.
Emily Greene (second from left) joins a crew to cut invasive phragmites.
So is being a Jill-of-all-trades. And what better way to start my career than as an AmeriCorps and Maine Conservation Corps (MCC) Environmental Steward (ES) with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service?
|Chainsaw training involves an axe.|
Being an ES is a unique and well-rounded position that gives me the opportunity to observe and participate in the various conservation efforts that are carried out at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. How many people can say with pride that they have been able to do New England cottontail surveys in the dead of winter, nekton sampling in the heat of summer, fill in pot holes by hand, run a chainsaw, interact with visitors from around the world, manage a greenhouse with thousands of plants, coordinate volunteer events, protect endangered shorebirds, and so much more?
My position allows me to excel at adapting to the different environments that the work requires, and I would not have it any other way. The skills and experience that I receive as an ES are not only transferable to other jobs, but are good for life.
AmeriCorps members come in all shapes and sizes, and thousands are deployed across the nation – doing the same type of work that I get to do every day – to serve the American people. Serving an 11-month term with AmeriCorps and MCC is not just a position of volunteerism with FWS; it is a position of national service.
Emily Greene at the Unity College job fair.
Looking back to the start of my term, I sincerely appreciate the connections I have made with people, organizations, peers, and elders. I am young in my field – a rising conservationist, a striving academic – and I am looking forward to the day when I become a fully trained Jill-of-all-trades.