This internship has been such a fantastic opportunity for me! I feel so fortunate that I had the opportunity to help manage the West Eugene Wetlands in Oregon, with some of the most critically important habitats left in the Willamette Valley. As CLM Intern for the wetlands, I had the opportunity to implement management treatments focused on controlling invasive species to maintaining and enhancing habitat for threatened and endangered species. During my internship, I coordinated youth crews in conducting habitat restoration activities, worked with mowing and mastication contractors, performed site inspections and assessments for field going operations, assisted in sensitive species monitoring, and conducted other various tasks, repairs, and general maintenance activities in the wetlands. I loved the variety of work and the hands-on, physical aspect of the position. It was a perfect fit for me! I also acquired a number of new skills including Pesticide Applicator Certification, JUNO GPS training, GeoBOB Flora and Fauna training, NEPA Concept and Analysis training, and how to hitch and back a trailer! I also had the opportunity to work and network with a number of different partners of the wetlands partnership, forming new relationships and learning from experts in their field.
I also had a great working relationship with my mentor. She was very supportive in helping me acquire as many skills and new experiences as possible. I really appreciated how she was interested in what I had to say and the knowledge I could bring to the table in the decision making process. She also trusted me to carry out tasks independently and had confidence in my leadership abilities. This position exceeded my expectations by helping me explore my career goals and expand my resume, and allowed me to apply my knowledge and background in botany, soils, and restoration of native habitats. I also feel my leadership skills and professional ability is now stronger because of the internship. It has prepared me well for a career in this field, I will miss working here!
Myself (left) and CLM intern Danica (right) in brush-cutting PPE.
Bureau of Land Management, West Eugene Wetlands Field Office,