Meet Dakota, 2020 Public Lands Stewards Intern!

by | Land Stewards

My name is Dakota Miller, I grew up in the beautiful state of Florida and love fishing, hiking, camping, and being on the water.  After graduating high school I enlisted in the United States Air Force and completed a six year enlistment with the Air National Guard. This was an amazing experience that allowed me to travel the world on multiple deployments and pay my way through college. I graduated from the University of Florida (UF) in 2019 with a degree in natural resource conservation with a focus in wildlife ecology. While at UF I met the love of my life who I recently married, we are parents to a very lovable Australian Shepard. We have a wonderful and supportive family that encourages us to follow our dreams and work around the world.  My goal is to one day work full time for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and start a family with my wife!

I decided to become a Mt. Adams Institute AmeriCorps intern because it is an amazing steppingstone towards full time employment in the field of conservation. I have dreamed about moving out West to work on public lands for a long time and this internship has allowed me to accomplish that dream. I am incredibly excited to work on a project that focuses on wildlife conservation and am hoping to learn new practices and techniques used to effectively manage and protect species diversity in the region.