2022 VetsWork: Robert Alwood

by | VW 2022

My name is Robert Alwood. I grew up in Gold Bar, Washington where I spent a large portion of my childhood outdoors. My favorite outdoor activities include backpacking, fishing, mountain biking, and trail running. Shortly after graduating high school, I joined the US Navy and served as an Information Systems Technician for 7 years. While in the military, I earned an Associate’s degree from Cascadia College in Bothell, WA. After My service with the Navy, I decided to make a career change to Forestry so that I could work outdoors managing and protecting our public lands. I began my bachelor’s degree at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry and spent a season working as a Wildland Firefighter on a hand crew and enjoyed it thoroughly. I decided to become a Mt. Adams Institute AmeriCorps Intern because they value military veterans, and it provided an opportunity to work with the US Forest Service. What excites me the most about this opportunity is the ability to work with multiple departments within the US Forest Service so that I can discover what career path I want to specialize in. During this internship, I hope to earn certifications, relevant work experience, and professional contacts that will help accelerate my career in forestry. I feel privileged to have this opportunity to maintain and protect my country’s natural resources