Southwest Region
Conserving the Nature of America
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2016 Student wrap up workshop

The purpose of the 2017 Student Wrap-up Workshop is for students work in summer internship through Pathways Permanent and Temporary, DFP, CDIP and other student programs. The goals of the workshop are for all students to:

1) Celebrate a successful summer internship

2) Learn about different FWS programs and career paths;

3) Share their experiences as interns;

4) Network with regional office staff and leadership.

We hope this program continues our efforts in the FWS, Southwest Region to create the next generation of conservation leaders. We aim to provide meaningful work opportunities for young people so that they have a positive experience that directly contributes to conservation and that has a lasting impact on our Nation. Here are some of our great future land stewards!

 

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Every Kid Should Have a Creek

Every kid should have a creek. I had mine, a little silver stream that spilled through my Grandma’s farm in central Georgia. I can still hear the clack of her wooden screen door as it closed five yards behind me as I high-stepped it toward the freedom of the fields and woods. The world was mine to discover and own then, an open book, the pages yet to be written fifty-some years ago. Discovering turtles and fish and oaks and the brambles, they all made their mark on my future. Knowing nature steered me down a path in biology and toward a career in conservation.

Not every child can have a creek, of course. And in this time when our population is increasingly urbanized, the opportunity for young people to fully immerse themselves in nature is becoming increasingly difficult, and you can quickly see that engagement with the out-of-doors is not always the norm. Life without an appreciation for nature should be a concern for all people, and I have tried to promote the appreciation of nature and conservation whenever possible. To that end, you have just completed your rotations in the student internships that will shape your careers in conservation.

The Southwest Region supports 8 National Fish Hatcheries, 1 Fish Health Center, 4 Fishery and Wildlife Conservation Offices, 7 Ecological Services Field Offices, 18 Law Enforcement Offices, 4 Border Inspection Stations, 2 Law Enforcement Designated Ports of Entry, 5 Joint Ventures that support migratory bird habitat across the Southwest, and 47 National Wildlife Refuges. Of the 47 National Wildlife Refuges in this Region, three are listed as the oldest in the National Wildlife Refuge System: 1). Wichita Mountains established in 1901 which hosts a rare remnant mixed grass prairie; 2). Salt Plains established in 1930, used as a breeding ground for migratory birds; and 3). Muleshoe established in 1935 which is the oldest Refuge in Texas.

Over 900 dedicated professionals achieve our conservation work. We champion diversity in our employees as evidenced by FWS’s support of the first female Regional Director, Nancy Kaufman (1995-2001) and the first African American Regional Director, Dr. Benjamin Tuggle (2005 - 2017). The Southwest Region also employs a diverse student base in various career and educational fields. The student employment program is a way to attract talented students to work with the Service and it’s an opportunity for students to continue their education and apply their academic studies to on-the-job experiences. I consider support for the Student Internships an investment in young people, just as conservation of natural resources is an
investment in the future. Most of all, they understand that they can affect its future by acquiring a sound stewardship ethic.

Dr Tuggle holds binoculars. Credit: USFWS.

Pecos sunflowers.Credit: USFWS.

Pecos sunflowers. Credit: USFWS.

My creek inspired me to pursue conservation as a profession. By enabling our participants to experience synergy with nature such as I did at my grandma’s creek, you will better understand that stewardship of natural things is simply an instinctive part of the human experience. And perhaps nurturing that conservation instinct will inspire all of you to become better citizens, appreciate our natural resource heritage, and potentially become the conservation leaders of tomorrow.

-- Dr. Benjamin Tuggle, Former Southwest Regional Director

Career, Internship, and Student Opportunities
Help Us Conserve the Nature of America

From the desert southwest to the prairies, our national wildlife refuges, fish hatcheries, wildlife management areas, ecological services field offices, and law enforcement offices offer opportunities for you to shape your future while working for conservation. Whether still enrolled in school or a recent graduate, the Southwest Region provides a variety of training and employment opportunities.

Pathways Program for Students & Recent Graduates
FWS appoints most of its interns through two Pathways Program components:
1)The Internship Program which targets current students enrolled in high school, or college or technical school, at least half time); and 2) The Recent Graduates Program which targets individuals who apply within two years of graduation (this is extended for veterans.

Collectively these programs are geared to give current students and recent graduates practical hands-on job experiences that can eventually lead to established careers within government service. For more information on pathways, visit https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/students/

FWS Internship Positions
FWS internships provide young people with a rich experience from which to continue further education and launch professional careers. Many of the jobs involve work in wildlife or visitor service related fields that include:
monitoring and assessing threatened/endangered species and habitats, conducting visitor service programs, general maintenance and management, or cultural/historical resource management.
Visit USAJOBS at www.usajobs.gov, or YouthGO.gov at http://youthgo.org/employment-opportunities-2/

Directorate Fellows Program (DFP)
This program is designed to provide fellowship opportunities for undergraduate (rising seniors) and
graduate students to participate in 11 week scientifically rigorous projects in biological science/natural resource management or related fields. Candidates who complete this internship and school requirements may be eligible for a direct appointment with the Service. Project announcements are available in late fall. For more information, visit https://www.fws.gov/humancapital/

Associated Partner Internship Hires (Targeted for College Students)
The Service partners with many state conservation and non-government organizations to provide intern opportunities. These positions are similar to general internships, but interns are recruited and hired by Service partners. The Career Discovery CDIP Interns Internship Program (CDIP) is coordinated through our partnership with the Student Conservation Association (SCA). It is designed to introduce culturally and ethnically diverse college students to conservation careers through hands on experience. These partnerships help FWS in promoting diversity and inclusion of its applicant pools for conservation jobs.

Youth Conservation Corps (YCC)
YCC is a summer employment program for young people ages 15-18. Students work and learn as a team while engaged in environmental stewardship experiences. The YCC focuses on: youth development, natural resource stewardship and conservation, creating positive community involvement and career exploration. Programs are typically 8 weeks long from June through August. Participants gain a variety of experiences from biological monitoring to facilities maintenance and visitor services. To request info on YCC opportunities, contact the FWS regional office, wildlife refuge or fish hatchery nearest you.

Volunteer Positions
A great way to gain experience in the conservation field and to help you decide upon your career is to volunteer at a national wildlife refuge, fish hatchery, and other FWS offices. Volunteer positions are unpaid, but volunteers receive considerable benefits such as learning valuable technical skills and making professional contacts, while working in some of America’s most beautiful landscapes. For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact the volunteer coordinator at a wildlife refuge or fish hatchery nearest you or check out www.fws.gov/volunteers/.

For information on all FWS opportunities, visit www.fws.gov/humancapital/

Engaging the next generation is a critically important strategy for achieving the Southwest Region and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) conservation mission. Building a sustained conservation constituency requires connecting with the ever-growing youth population to ensure that Americans care about conservation. The Southwest Region is engaged in multiple efforts in various programs to align youth from around our nation with region and Service priorities, increase our relevancy, and continue our long and rich tradition of engaging the next generation.

Recruiting
Recruiting efforts in Southwest Region have historically centered on universities with strong biology and wildlife programs, including Oklahoma State, New Mexico State, Texas A&M and the University of Arizona. Students hired in the last 10 years have actually come from over 20 different colleges in over 10 different states, including Langston University, a historically black college, with which we have had a strong relationship for almost 10 years.

Recruiting efforts have included classroom presentations, after hours programs, and an association with colleges Wildlife and Natural Resource clubs and organizations, and an ongoing connection with university faculty and programs. Southwest Region professionals are often asked to present in the classroom to introductory and graduate classes to talk about conservation
issues that confront our region and the world.

2017 Student Wrap Up Agenda
When: Tuesday, July 18th at 1:00pm to Wednesday, July 19th at 4:30pm (Travel July 18 & July 20st)
Location: Southwest Regional Office, Albuquerque, NM (5th floor conference room location)

Tuesday, July 18
(All times are approximate)

- 1:00pm   Travel – participants arrive by 1:00pm; Meeting in 5th Floor Conference Room
01:00pm – 02:00pm   Welcome, Introductions & Opening Remarks
(Sharon Fuller-Barnes)
02:00pm – 02:45pm   Get to Know You Icebreaker
(Sharon Fuller-Barnes)
     
02:45pm – 03:00pm   Break
     
03:00pm – 03:10pm   Conservation Video
03:10pm – 04:00pm   Student Q&A with Regional Directorate
(Rhonda Spinks)
04:00pm – 04:10pm   Conservation Video
04:10pm – 04:30pm   Recap and Overview of Next Day Activities
(Sharon Fuller-Barnes)
05:30pm – 07:00pm   Dinner Social with RDT (DoubleTree by Hilton at the Albuquerque Convention Center
201 Marquette Avenue Northwest)
     
Wednesday, July 19
(All times are approximate)
08:00am – 08:05am   Conservation Video
08:05am – 08:40am   Diversity and Inclusion Message
(Kary Allen)
     
08:40am - 09:30am  

Student Presentations
(Attending students will present summary of their summer experience. Allow 7-10min. per student )
(Sharon Fuller-Barnes)

     
09:30am – 09:45am   Break
     
09:45am – 11:45am   Student Presentations - continued
(Rhond Spinks)
11:45am – 12:45pm  

Lunch
(Pizza Sponsored by RDT- 5th Floor Conference Room)

     
12:45pm – 01:30pm   Succeeding in Your Early Career and Relationship with FWS
(Panel Discussion)
     
01:30pm – 02:30pm  

Resume Writing for Federal Employment - Q&A Session
(Human Resources - Monica Salazar & Christina Smith)

02:30pm – 02:45pm   Student Photo
(External Affairs)
02:45pm – 03:30pm   Ice Cream Social
(Sponsored by RDT-5th Floor Conference Room)
03:30pm – 03:40pm   Conservation Video
03:40pm – 04:00pm   Evaluations
04:00pm – 04:30pm   Closing Remarks
(Regional Director/Deputy Regional Director)
     
Thursday, July 20
Travel Day - Safe travels!
     
Student Bios A through H
  Sadie Buller Hey! I am Sadie Buller and I am an undergrad student attending McNeese State University in Southwest Louisiana. I will graduate in December of 2017 with a degree in wildlife management and natural resource conservation. I am currently working at Bosque del Apache NWR as a biology technician. Having never been out west before, I am excited to be continuously learning about the habitats and species living in New Mexico. This job has allowed me to meet so many new people and has given me a new pathway to considered for job opportunities. U.S Fish and Wildlife service is definitely the place to work if making a difference in this country is your goal.
  Austin Catlin My name is Austin Catlin from sunny Upland, CA. I am a student at California Polytechnic State University, or Cal Poly. I will graduate in 2019 with a degree in Environmental Earth and Soil Sciences. This summer, I am an SCA CDIP Biological Intern at Salt Plains NWR in northwest Oklahoma. Growing up, I loved camping, fishing, and hiking, and spent my summers driving throughout the U.S. to visit various national parks and natural wonders. I spent time in the Boy Scouts and eventually became an Eagle Scout, and learned various outdoor skills. When it came time to decide on a college major and prospective career path, it was only natural for me to choose something that got me working in the great outdoors. I am very excited to serve at Salt Plains this summer and look forward to future opportunities.
  Tiger Casman My name is Tiger Casman, I'm the ACS for this year's YCC crew. I'm 18, and I'll be attending Northern Arizona University this fall to study chemistry and environmental science. I love being outside and exploring beautiful places. I am a passionate environmentalist, and a concerned scientist, and I am in conservation work because I want to make a positive difference on the earth. I hope to join the peace corps one day, and to work in environmental chemistry.
  Frank Delgato My name is Frank Delgarito and I graduated from Jemez Valley Public Schools. After I graduated I joined the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and obtained a deeper connection to outdoor work and conservation while serving three seasons. All my life I have spent a lot of time in the outdoors doing activities such as hunting, fishing, and farming every season. I have high interest in spending time outside and learning about how nature works as a home to the animals that live there. As of now I am on my fourth season and serving as an assistant crew supervisor. I love my job working outside building new trails and improving my skills in trail rehabilitation, restoration, and construction.
  Selena Eagan My name is Selena Eagan and I'm 17. I'm originally from Boston, Massachusetts and I've been into learning and improving my environment since I was young.
  Daniel Gallegos Hello! I’m Daniel Gallegos. I earned an Associates Degree in General
Science from Luna Community College and am currently attending Eastern New Mexico University pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in wildlife and fisheries. I have been working at the Mora National Fish Hatchery (NFH) since June 2012. I started at the hatchery with the Youth Conservation Corps program at eighteen years old and am currently on a Pathways NTE program, which I started in March 2013. I have gained great experience, knowledge, and also have had the opportunity to work with many great people while working at the Mora NFH. I want to work at different facilities to gain more knowledge of fish culture and a better understanding of the overall mission of the service. My dream is to become the project leader at the Mora NFH.
  Janet Garcia Hello! My name is Janet Garcia and I graduated from California State University Channel Islands with a degree in Biology, emphasis in Ecology. I am a Student Conservation Association (SCA) intern at Bosque del Apache NWR. Currently, I am monitoring the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse through the use of trail cameras. I now consider New Mexico to be my second home. It all started in 2014 with a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the Sevilleta LTER. After that, I did two summers as a Sevilleta LTER intern, assisting with long term experiments and two seasons as a Park Ranger intern mainly focusing on environmental education at Sevilleta NWR. I am excited to have the opportunity and new experiences in the beautiful state of New Mexico and expand my knowledge.
  Brittany Germain My name is Brittany Germain and I attend school at Old Dominion University in Virginia. I will be graduating in December with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Conservation Leadership. I just completed a service learning project with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Vero Beach, Florida focusing on mitigation and adaptation plans for climate change effects on different ecosystems in the area. After being exposed to how dedicated and passionate the FWS team was in Florida, it made me proud to be interning and hopefully working for one day, such a great organization. Before this internship I had never left the east coast before and I am very grateful for the new experiences and opportunities I will be given and exposed to.
  Manuel Guerra Yo it's Manuel from the South Valley I'm 17 I'm here in YCC to get a new experience and expand my horizon in a variety of different work environments.
  Christian Hernandez Hello! My name is Cristian Hernandez and I am currently attending school at New Mexico State University. I will be majoring in Wildlife Ecology, and will be graduating in May 2020. I am serving as a volunteer intern for U.S. Fish and Wildlife at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. I have always had a love for the outdoors and a great fascination for wildlife. The opportunity to work with Gunnison prairie dogs in a very hands on approach is truly exciting, and it will surely provide me with useful field experience that will help me in my future career. I hope to one day become a Wildlife Biologist focusing on the conservation of North American wildlife.
Student Bios J through R
  William Janousek Hi, I am Will Janousek,from Topeka, Kansas. I received a B.S. in Wildlife Conservation Management from Kansas State University; a M.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the UC-Santa Cruz. I am currently working towards a Ph.D. at the University of Montana studying the effects of fire and timber harvest on songbird communities throughout the greater Rocky Mountain region. Over the last 10 years I have worked from NGO’s to consulting agencies and on a variety of issues from endangered species management to zoonotic disease transmission. This summer I am working at Sevilleta NWR as a fellow with the Directorate Resource Fellowship Program. I develop a habitat monitoring program to measure the success of a riparian restoration project along the Rio Grande. I look forward to applying the skills and experiences I’m gaining at Sevilleta as I seek to become a permanent member of the US Fish & Wildlife Service family.
  Keanu John Hello! My name is Keanu John and I attend Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. I will be graduating in May 2018 with my degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Adventure Education. I am a corps member with Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. I am very excited to gain more understanding of conservation and applied knowledge when it comes to common-use areas. My interest with conservation of public lands started with my first rock climbing trip that I took in upstate New York when I was in high school. As I began to rock climb more I began to understand the importance of conserving and educating about public land use. The further I progress in this program the better my understanding of conservation work grows as well as the appreciation of people who do conservation work.
  Erik Jones Hello! My name is Erik Jones and I attend school at the University of Minnesota-Morris and will be graduating in May 2019 with a degree in Environmental Science. I am a Natural Resources Intern at Salt Plains NWR. I am thrilled to get hands-on experience working at a refuge. It’s also exciting to see a new part of the country, very different from where I come from, with a lot of new wildlife, both welcome (plovers, armadillos) and less welcome (brown recluse spiders!) As a result of this internship, not only do I have more experience in working with habitat management, it has given me a lot of insight into potential careers and what to expect from the FWS.
  Katie Kuzdak My name is Katie Kuzdak. I’m a graduate student at Angelo State University, and I will be graduating with an MS in Biology in December 2017. I am an SCA Intern at the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Arlington Ecological Services Field Office (TX). After years of field work during my undergraduate and graduate schooling, I knew that I wanted to work with USFWS or another service that was as dedicated to conservation as I am. Although I still have most of my internship still ahead of me, I have already been exposed to different programs and opportunities within USFWS. I’m looking forward to the rest of my internship and all the opportunities that lie ahead.
  Ciarra Montavo I'm Ciarra I'm 15 and I live in the northeast part of Albuquerque. I got into conservation because I've always liked being outside and I got this job to try something new.
  Jeremiah Olivas Hello, my name is Jeremiah Olivas, I am currently employed as a biological science aid at the Mora National Fish Hatchery (MNFH). I received my Associates in general science from Luna Community College in May 2016 and plan on receiving my bachelors in fish and wildlife at Eastern New Mexico University by December 2018. I have worked at the MNFH before, once with the STEM program through Luna Community College and once through the New Mexico Help Office. Working outdoors and with wildlife has always been a passion of mine and what better way to do it than working for FWS. Being able to work in this field is truly amazing and as a kid from a small rural town, I have always enjoyed the wilderness and organisms living in it. Not only do I get to pursue my goals working with fish but we are working with a threatened species and hope our efforts, we can bring the species back.
  Michael Price I'm Michael I'm 16 years old I'm from Isleta Pueblo, New Mexico. I want to go in to the law enforcement part of NM Game and Fish.
  Evi Radar My name is Evi Rader and I recently graduated with my Bachelor’s in Natural Resource Ecology and Management from Oklahoma State University. I am currently the SCA biology intern at Havasu NWR in Needles, California. I was a CDIP intern in 2015 and enjoyed my experience so I am excited to be involved with SCA again. This experience has given me unique opportunities that have pushed me out of my comfort zone. I am using this internship as a way to gain the skills necessary to fulfill my goal of becoming a wildlife biologist.
  Joe Ramtahal This is Joel Ramtahal and I am in a DFP position at the Valle De Oro NWR in Albuquerque NM. I am exploring the enhancement of our natural resources which supports perpetual rehabilitation, restoration, protection, and conservation. My exposure to scientific training at the PhD level involved research of human dimensions, recreation ecology, social rural development, governance/policy, and outdoor recreation resource management as they relate to natural resources within a local and international context. As I prepare to professionally serve the environment and our human kind, my exposure to the DFP will certainly boost my maturation into a productive career, where I can administer diverse conservation resource-based opportunities for the multifaceted environmental/forestry societies.
  Mikayla Ranspot My name is Mikayla Ranspot and I am 15 years old. I have lived in Taos New Mexico for most of my life, but I moved to Albuquerque four years ago. I have been involved in conservation since I was little. My dad got me involved with different outreach programs in Taos. That is when I really started to get involved. When we moved to Albuquerque I was able to participate with Preserve America Youth Summits, and currently the Youth Conservation Corps. I can't wait to learn new things from these experiences and do more work with programs like these.
  Hannah Redwood Hi! My name is Hannah Redwood. I am a SCA intern at Valle de Oro NWR. I graduated from UNM in 2014 with a B.S. in Earth and Planetary Science. After graduation I worked in several different teaching roles, but quickly became aware that something important was missing from my life: being outdoors. Last summer I decided to take a position as a crew member of Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, which was a great introduction to conservation work and potential career paths. I am now so fortunate to be interning at Valle de Oro through the SCA! I have experienced and learned so many things through this position and all of the wonderful people who I work with. I hope that I can take what I have learned here and continue to make a difference for the environment and my community.
  Ashley Rosales Hello, I am Ashley Rosales and I’m from Corona, California. I decided to pursue a degree in Biology because I have always been interested in learning about wildlife. I have a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Loyola Marymount University, and a Master of Arts in Zoology from Miami University. Consequently, learning about species statuses was the first time my eyes were opened to the detrimental effects that the human population can have on wildlife. Learning about declining mammal populations ignited a flame inside my heart. While pursuing my Master’s degree, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Belize, Borneo, and Namibia to assist wildlife organizations with their efforts. This summer I am a volunteer at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge for the Gunnison’s prairie dog reintroduction program. I will continue on the path to become a wildlife biologist for a mammal conservation project.
  Nicole Ruhlman Hello everyone! My name is Nicole Ruhlman and I’m a BioTech Intern working at Kofa National Wildlife Refuge. Growing up in a small farm town, I spent most of my time outside enjoying nature. In adulthood, I’ve traveled all around the country exploring National Forests, Parks, and Wildlife Refuges and have always wanted to play a larger role in Conservation. Before accepting this Internship through the SCA, I worked as an Industrial Electrician. I began that career with an interest in Alternative Energy Technology and green power generation. My internship is an opportunity for me to explore career paths that involve protecting and managing Wildlife and their Habitat while encouraging people to have a greater connection with nature. Before the end of my Internship I will decide which degree I should pursue in order to make my career switch a reality.
Student Bios S through Z
  Luke Schalekamp Hello! My name is Luke Schalekamp. I am currently a graduate student at the University of Nebraska where I am researching the influence that the Western mosquitofish has on Plains topminnow abundance and distribution. I have recently started my position as a DFP at the Mora National Fish Hatchery and am loving everything about New Mexico so far! Originally from Minnesota, the heights of the mountains took some getting used to, but the scenery is great and so are the people! I am really looking forward to this wonderful opportunity!
  Ali Shedden Aloha! My name is Ali Shedden. I am currently attending Chaminade University of Honolulu and will be graduating May 2018. I will be graduating with a B.S. In Environmental Studies and a minor in Asian and Pacific Religions. I participated in the SCA and CDIP program last summer as a refuge management intern in Indiana at Patoka River NWRMA . I am a CDIP wildlife management intern at Arizona Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, living and working on the White Mountain Apache reservation. Being in Arizona this summer is seriously making my Desert Solitaire (Edward Abbey) dream come true. I am working to restore the threatened Apache Trout in the headwaters of Arizona. It’s truly an honor to be working for the recovery of this native fish. Plus, getting to fish and hike in the mountains all day is kind of the best job ever, so that’s pretty sweet, too.
  Sierra Sico Hi! I’m Sierra Sico from a small town in western Massachusetts. I grew up among more trees than I did people, and became inspired by the outdoors at an early age. In the fall, I will be a junior at Unity College in Maine, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree for Wildlife Biology, and hopefully graduate school later for Animal Behavior. Unity College is entirely environmental, and I am excited to be a part of it and this internship. This is my first time out west, and I am a USFWS Intern at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. So far, New Mexico and the prairie dogs are treating me well. I wanted to work here not only because of opportunities offered, but also because of the wildlife and habitat that’s so different from the Northeast. I am learning skills that will become a valuable resource for me in the future. I am looking at the rest of summer, and my future of helping nature, with enthusiasm and optimism!
  Elaina Simpson Hey there! I’m Elaina Simpson and I currently attend Old Dominion University, where I will be graduating May 2018 with a degree in biology and minor in conservation leadership. I have always had a love of animals & nature, and a passion for protecting, preserving, and restoring the environment. Ever since I was little I always knew I would grow up to have a career working in the environment, preferably traveling, and hopefully with animals; but it took me a long time to discover my path. Now I have this amazing opportunity to not only get to work out in the field and see what the job is really like, but also to meet a lot of new people who share my same love and passion. I am so ecstatic for this opportunity and very thankful to the people who made it possible.
  Sarah Spangler Hi, my name is Sarah Spangler and I am a graduate student at Missouri State University, as well as a Pathways Intern. The research project that I have been working on for my thesis deals with the ecology of alligator snapping turtle hatchlings in southeastern Oklahoma. Last summer, I worked at Tishomingo NFH with alligator gar, paddlefish, catfish, and alligator snapping turtles. This summer I am interning at Bosque del Apache NWR as a biological technician, and although every day is different, I am mainly conducting wildlife surveys. Once I graduate in December 2017 my goals are to work for USFWS as a biologist at a NWR, but not before taking a much needed vacation to Belize!
  Claire Swink Hello! My name is Claire Swink. I just recently graduated from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and concentrations in Environmental Science and Outdoor Recreation Leadership. I am a SCA Conservation Resource Intern at Deep Fork NWR in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. I am very excited about this position to learn more about how the U.S. Fish and Wild Service operates. I am also using this opportunity to gain more valuable training and more practical experience employers look for. I love the outdoors and traveling so this position is giving me the ability to do both! Through the summer I will continue to strive towards working hard and learning as much as I possibly can.
  Leandra Taylor Hello! My name is Leandra Taylor and I am the Coordinator for the MRGE3 here in Albuquerque. I graduated from Baylor University with a B.S. in Environmental Science in 2014 and moved to ABQ soon after. I spent my first two years working as an SCA intern at the FWS Region 2 Regional Office before moving on to my current job. This year has provided me with the opportunity to leave the data management side of conservation and dive in to human dimensions! I look forward to completing my term in September and continuing my work in community outreach and coordination.
  Derrick Tenorio Hello my name is Derrick Tenorio and I am a student of life. I am from the Pueblos of Santo Domingo and Santa Clara. I am a father of two beautiful girls and my passion is to teach them about nature and how our culture is so connected to nature. I live everyday to the fullest and I know being in the outdoors and surrounded by nature brings me at ease. The Rocky Mountain Youth Corps has taught me a better understanding of how people can become healthier mentally and physically through nature and it makes me happy to know I am changing because of this job! I’m hoping with this experience I will learn new things and teach those things to whoever needs to be taught or wants to learn.
  Elvic Tran Hi, my name is Elvic Tran. I graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2015 with a BA in Geography, Certificate in GIS, and Certificate in Web Technologies and Applications. I m an SCA intern working as a Monarch Monitoring Technician. Being part of the national effort to save the Monarchs has been an enriching experience. I am one step closer towards my goals
and eagerly look forward to the next step.
  Amber Young My name is Amber and I am from Dalton, Georgia. I am 24 years old and I have Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Dalton State College. I graduated college May 7th, 2016 and I am now an intern for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife on the San Bernardino and Leslie Canyon Wildlife Refuge. As a fisheries technician, my main project on the refuge is working with three endangered/threatened fish species known as the Yaqui Chub, Yaqui Top Minnow, and the Beautiful Shiner. I love my job because it incorporates everything that I enjoy; such as, conservation work and nature. As a child, my dad always took me fishing and I remember how special those trips were to me. That’s why today my goal is to pursue a career in fisheries biology so that kids in the future can enjoy fishing trips the same way that I did as a little girl.
  Desiree Zubia Hello! My name is Desiree, I'm 18 and just recently graduated high school. I am originally from Las Cruces but moved here to Albuquerque in 2005. I was inspired by conservation work by interacting with an old friend and being informed of all the amazing benefits not only myself would get but all the opportunities I could make for the world to become a better environment. The environment is definitely a job I would pursue my life to along with figuring out mechanisms to create a better place for myself and make our loving Mother Earth a healthy ecosystem.

2017 Student Workshop Wrap Up

“This workshop is part of the larger effort in the FWS Southwest Region to invest in the next generation of conservation leaders,” said Dr. Benjamin Tuggle, Regional Director. “We are committed to providing opportunities and positive experiences for these young stewards so they may continue to grow and contribute to the mission of our agency.”

The two-day workshop included a panel discussion with members of the Southwest Regional Directorate, a resume writing session, and presentations by the students highlighting their summer internship work.

“This workshop was amazing,” said Makenzie Sanchez, a 2016 summer Valle de Oro Intern and senior at Sandia High School. “It’s incredible to see staff from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taking the time to bring future leaders in conservation together.”

The 2017 Student Workshop class. Credit: Al Barrus, USFWS. Download a large copy of the group photo.
 
 

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Last updated: August 1, 2018