Born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, my interest in conservation work was first sparked in my parents taking my siblings and me to the many national parks across the country from the Smokey Mountains to Zion National Park. This later led my attending Northern Michigan University on the shores of Lake Superior, in which I recently graduated from with a BS in Environmental Conservation and minors in Outdoor Recreation and Native American Studies. In an effort to gain hands on experience in conservation I have interned with the Michigan Nature Conservancy and last summer worked as a biologic science aid for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. In my search for winter field employment upon graduation from Northern, I came across SCA’s many year round internship opportunities, which has led to my current trail corps member position servicing the Shawnee National Forest of Southern IL. This summer I plan to pick up work again with the Nature Conservancy in Brunswick Maine as a Stewardship Field Assistant.