We are pleased to introduce Indi and Sam, our 2019 Conservationist Interns! They will be with us through the fall of 2019, working alongside and supporting the work of our staff conservationists. Our six-month internship program is designed to provide experience and learning opportunities in the areas of field monitoring, invasive species management, habitat restoration, water quality data collection, stormwater management, forest stewardship, agricultural best management practices on private land, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping.
Whether she’s in the field or the office, Indi is excited to be supporting the District’s work and the success of local collaborative resource management as a Field Conservationist Intern. Indi grew up in the Willamette Valley and has backpacked, built trails, and pulled weeds across the Pacific Northwest. She studied economics and organized for gender equity at the University of British Columbia for two years before returning to the University of Oregon, where she graduated with a B.S. in Planning, Public Policy, and Management, concentrating in environmental policy. In between classes, she spent two seasons in the field with Northwest Youth Corps, leading crews of youth on projects that ranged from invasive species removal to backcountry trail maintenance to developed recreation reconstruction. In her free time, she loves to camp, cook, and scuba dive.
Sam’s love of the natural world and environmental stewardship began during childhood when he spent much time playing and learning in the mountains of southern Oregon. He has a BA in Environmental Science from Willamette University. Sam highly values learning about multicultural and international perspectives on natural resource management, and he has also studied at Tokyo International University in Japan. After graduating, he volunteered at a marine protected area in Naples, Italy, where he used his language skills and passion for environmental history to educate visitors about natural and cultural resources. Before coming to WMSWCD, Sam pursued his love of service by joining a Northwest Service Corps conservation crew, traveling around the Pacific Northwest to manage invasive species and restore native vegetation. When not at work, he can often be found volunteering at Hoyt Arboretum or studying languages.