My name is Jillian Hurd and I grew up in Taunton, MA, a small city 30 minutes south of Boston. When I was 18, I moved to the city to attend the University of Massachusetts Boston. While I was pursing a B.S. in Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences, I was very active on campus. I was a member of the women’s soccer team, captain of the women’s tennis team, and worked as an Orientation Leader and Beacon Ambassador, two very competitive positions.
After graduating in 2010, I brieﬂy volunteered with an organization in the Boston area called Science Club for Girls. We stressed the importance of educating young girls in science, math, engineering and technology. Shortly after, I moved to Pittsburgh, PA and began working with Pittsburgh Cares, a non-proﬁt organization focused on volunteering. I worked as a change leader with Pittsburgh Young Leaders Academy, a program designed to bring city high school students closer to their communities through service projects and volunteering.
I am excited to begin working with the Army Corps of Engineers this summer as a SCA intern. I can’t think of a better way to jumpstart my career in conservation. I hope to gain some great skills, grow as an individual, and can’t wait to start working with my Kansas Crew!