Posts by Vicki Rubino

by Vicki Rubino | Posted Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The SCA Sandy Recovery Leader Crew has come to a close… a month goes by way too quickly! It’s truly been an amazing, inspiring experience for me. For the final week of the crew, we switched things around, and split the two teams up.

by Vicki Rubino | Posted Sunday, June 23, 2013

Driving down the West Side Highway in Manhattan nearly every day can have its ups and downs. On Friday, I found myself in the midst of heavy traffic as I exited the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and onto the West Side Highway, en route to Rockland County, NY. I listened every ten minutes to the traffic report, trying to plot my best escape from the city.

by Vicki Rubino | Posted Monday, June 17, 2013

There is always a moment when a team truly becomes cohesive. I think we reached this point during the second week of the NYC Sandy Recovery Leader Crew. The previous weekend, all of the NYC crew leaders attended the New Jersey crew leader training, which is always a wonderful bonding experience.

by Vicki Rubino | Posted Monday, June 10, 2013

The first week of the SCA Sandy Recovery Leader Crew at Gateway National Recreation Area was excellent – filled with site visits, planning, stretching, wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, hard work, goals reached, education, team building, and so so so much sand and debris in places it was not located prior to Sandy!

by Vicki Rubino | Posted Thursday, June 6, 2013

I’ll be a crew leader blogger for the new Hurricane Sandy recovery team at Gateway National Recreation Area! I’m really looking forward to leading and collaborating on this new, HUGE recovery we’re about to undertake with about 24 crew leaders and over 100 high school members!

Vicki Rubino

Gateway National Recreation Area

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  • Position Title
    Team Leader, NYC Sandy Recovery
  • Field Site Name
    Gateway National Recreation Area
  • Hometown
    Nanuet, NY
  • School
    SUNY ESF (B.S.) and Antioch University New England (M.S.)
  • Major
    B.S. Environmental Studies (focus in Communications and Culture) and M.S. Conservation Biology
  • Dream Job
    Managing or directing a citizen science organization
  • If I could pass a law…
    I would ban industrial factory farming and all forms of animal cruelty.
  • The person who inspires me post is…
    Liz Putnam! Ever since I saw her speak at my SUNY ESF Commencement in 2006 (and had somehow never learned of her or the SCA until my senior year of college!) she has given me strength to continue on the conservation path, and become a stronger leader in the conservation field. I owe her and the SCA a great deal for where I am now.
  • If I were a shape-shifter, I’d turn into…
    a bird! I’d love to soar above beautiful mountains , canyons, rivers, and oceans and feel the air rush against my wings!
  • Most memorable outdoor moment
    I have so many! One of my first memorable ones though was driving cross-country with my college friends Melissa and Ashley. We stopped at the Grand Canyon, and hiked some of the South Kaibab Trail. Its magnificent beauty overtook me as I watched the birds soaring above the deep canyons (and made sure my crampons were still attached in the icy conditions!) I wish someday to return and complete the hike to the bottom of the canyon… not during the winter!
  • Favorite Song
    “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)” by Michael Franti and Spearhead
  • Motto
    Think positive, act positive! Smile! It works wonders!

I’m so excited to be leading a leader team, a high school team, and in general working with and meeting so many great people on the Hurricane Sandy Recovery at Gateway National Recreation Area – from Sandy Hook to Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge and sites in between that I’ve visited throughout my life! We’re going to do some amazing work!

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