- Position Title
Volunteer and Youth Programs Intern
- Field Site Name
North Cascades National Park, WA
San Antonio, TX
Too much (BA from Washington Univ. in St. Louis and MA from Georgetown Univ.)
International Studies BA, History MA
- Dream Job
Writer/director/producer of puppet shows. I once helped stage a puppet show of the Lorax for some elementary school kids, and it was one of the most fun and creative processes I’ve ever participated in.
- If I could pass a law…
I’d strive to make our market processes as transparent as our democratic ones (though it’s arguable just how transparent our democracy is). Just as a healthy democracy requires transparency in its government, I think healthy capitalism requires transparency in the extraction and production of its goods.
- The person who inspires me post is…
Martin Luther King, Jr. I once read (listened to the audio version, more precisely) his autobiography and still feel the impact of his deep commitment to justice and the eloquence with which he defended it.
- If I were a shape-shifter, I’d turn into…
a never-ending chocolate-iced doughnut. Then I’d self-cannibalize.
- Most memorable outdoor moment
Driving through Yellowstone National Park when it was still covered with snow and seeing herds of bison blacken the horizon.
- Favorite Song
At my site I can’t get good internet connection, which is my main source of music. Instead, I have an endless stream of songs running through my head. While in the shower this morning, I was singing En Mi Viejo San Juan as sung by Javier Solis. A couple hours ago, I had Keep on the Sunny Side as sung by the Carter Family droning on in there.
I don’t really have one anymore. My main thing is try to stay present and remember to laugh.
What forces, events, or inﬂuences in your life inspired you to become a conservationist: As a kid, my grandparents used to take me in their trailer to Texas state parks. I grew up in the drier central part of the state and especially relished the times they would take me to the pine-forested eastern part. It was fun to explore that foreign landscape. Fast-forward many years later after a high school and college career spent mostly indoors. I was applying for jobs post-college hoping to promote democracy around the world or something. But I couldn’t buy a job. Meanwhile, in the back of my mind was a lecture given to me by an anthropology professor several semesters before. He basically laid out the problem of global warming. At the end, he said something like “When you come to realize how major the problem is, you’ll know what to do.” This inspired me to try and change my life in a way that was less environmentally harmful. My plan b after college was to join an environmental Americorps position merely to learn more about the issues since I knew so little. Without any job prospects, I enrolled in the now-defunct Northwest Service Academy in Portland, OR. It started out as a drudgery - hacking brambly plants out of the ground. Somewhere along the way, though, I had my ﬁrst backpacking trip and changed forever. I visited beautiful, lush places in the midst of snow-capped volcanoes. With that position over, I knew I wanted to extend my outdoor service, but in the service of people. So I joined the Montana Conservation Corps as a Youth Crew Leader. That was a different challenge altogether, but the mixture of epic landscapes (and wildlife) and connection with others made for an invaluable experience. Since then, I’ve had a mission to expose others to the transformative power of nature.