Public Lands Stewards: Opportunity of a Lifetime

These past five months have been some of the most amazing, yet difficult times in my 23 years. When I first saw the job posting for a refuge technician at Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, I applied because it called for skills that I had already acquired in school and I loved the fact that it required me to travel across the country. Continue Reading…

Public Lands Stewards: What is it Like Being a Wildlife Refuge Technician?

A few months ago I moved to the Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge to start my internship as a refuge technician through the Public Lands Stewards program of the Mt. Adams Institute. To be honest, I was feeling a little apprehensive and didn’t really know what to expect. During our first tour of the refuge everything felt so daunting. I couldn’t remember the names of the streets or the locations where we would be setting our fyke nets. The refuge itself seemed gigantic and some of the side roads we drove on where terrifying. To this day I don’t know how we are able to drive on some of those roads. Continue Reading…

Public Lands Stewards: Expectations vs. Reality

A few months ago, I was hired to serve as a refuge technician at Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge through the Mt. Adams Institute’s Public Lands Stewards program. After graduating this spring with a bachelor’s in wildlife and conservation biology, I had pretty good expectations for my new job. Continue Reading…