Meet David Kabak, 2020 VetsWork AmeriCorps Intern!

I noticed the Mt. Adams Institute VetsWork opportunity during a research for jobs while planning a move nearby a National Forest. It seemed like a good fit with my plans to further my education in the field of forestry.

I’m looking forward to the experience and getting back on track to a career in the great outdoors.

Meet Shane Tullos, 2020 VetsWork AmeriCorps Intern!

My name is Shane Tullos. I live in the heart of the piney woods of east Texas in the Davy Crockett National Forest with my wife of ten years and our five-year-old son. I grew up and attended school in Rusk, Texas. I enlisted in the U.S. Army while still attending high school. After graduating I began my first enlistment in 2000 as a track mechanic, but later my position changed to include combat engineer. During this time I experienced my first tour in Iraq for the initial invasion and push through the country. After returning home and my term ended, I re-enlisted with the U.S. Army four years later as an Infantryman and served a second tour in Iraq providing security throughout the elections and rebuilding of their government, finishing my 2nd enlistment in 2011.


I am hoping to gain the knowledge needed to become a forester in Texas. I have always had a love for being outdoors hunting, fishing, camping, riding horses, or even working outside in the woods. So I believe this opportunity will be very fitting to my homegrown country raised roots and my desire to make a career out of my love of being and enjoying the outdoors!

VetsWork: The World of Fish Stocked Waters


There are a few easy ways for an outsider to know when spring has begun in Rockbridge County. The turkeys are out, as are the soon to be hunters, Morel mushrooms will begin to appear around the poplar trees, and country roads will become clogged with trout anglers. Continue Reading…

VetsWork: Jumpstart Your Career Options

As I reflect on my last thirty-eight days spent working on the Mark Twain National Forest (MTNF), I am genuinely taken aback at how much I have learned. The staff at my district have been exceptionally hospitable. As a VetsWork AmeriCorps intern I’m not only learning about the inner workings of the United States Forest Service (USFS), but I am acquiring invaluable information that will aid me in deciding on what career I will ultimately choose. Continue Reading…