I never expected to be responsible for live and static exhibit care of an interpretive center when I first saw the advertisement for the SCA intern position at Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS JAX). Interpretive Centers are run by the state or non-profits; they are not the responsibility of a Master Anti-Submarine Warfare Base. Yet, NAS JAX is one of eight military bases that employ SCA interns, which is a project they have been hosting intermittently since 1994.
This post was written for Open Spaces, the oﬃcial blog of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s part of a monthly series featuring SCA interns writing about their experiences working to promote, protect and study wildlife on public lands all over the United States.
After more than two weeks of being idled by the government shutdown, SCA members on federal lands were more than ready to get back to the conservation work they signed up for when national parks, forests and other sites reopened. The shutdown caused many critical and time sensitive projects to be put on hold but our members are already tackling these problems head-on.
Members of the next Sandy restoration crew will ﬂy into New York this weekend from all around the country: places like Chino Hills, CA, Greendale, WI, and Moore, OK. Moore, the OKC suburb that was ﬂattened just three and a half weeks ago by an EF5 tornado. Twenty-three dead, 13,000 homes destroyed or damaged, $2 billion of widespread wreckage.