THINK BIG! Support Parks & Apply Yourself

As a Park Planning Fellow, I have had the honor of assisting with multiple projects in different manners, as well as creating networking opportunities for the other fellows within the Midwest Regional Office. I’ve been able to support multiple parks from the Midwest Regional Office. Have also had the wonderful opportunity to conduct informational interviews with multiple members of the National Park Service in order to learn more about a variety of different roles and responsibilities.


By implementing myself in every project I could find and continuously asking to partake in different projects and help in any way I can, I have been able to shadow and assist and learn from a variety of projects. This doesn’t include my extensive research done on downtime.


I’m continuously itching to learn more about the National Park Service and the work that is done in support of the awe inspiring mission. When I first got to the internship I didn’t know how much the mission would impact my views on the work I do. There’s something extremely fulfilling about the mission which is: “The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations”.


The part that gets me specifically is the conservation and preservation. I became a Geologist and Environmental Scientist with the goal in mind of protecting the Earth that homes, feeds, clothes, hydrates, and allows me to live. Coming into this internship felt like I was already achieving a major goal but oh boy I didn’t even realize how this was going to lead to much bigger goals and beliefs. It’s gotten to the point where I feel like I can achieve anything I set my mind to. People within the National Park Service are extremely encouraging and extremely kind. Much different than East New York, Brooklyn!


The work I have been doing has been going great!! Some sites I have supported include the Niobrara River National Scenic Riverway, Isle Royale National Park, John P. Parker Reconnaissance Survey site, and the Effigy Mounds National Monument. Some work done includes helping sites fulfill statutory requirements for planning, comprehensive reviews of longitudinal issues, visualization of park issues, data visualization through GIS, new creation of data through GIS, developed narratives for sites, supported visitor capacity identification, developed public comment resources, prepared for public meetings, reviewed data and historical materials, and lasty encouraged interdisciplinary communication.


For the Midwest Regional Office I was able to connect all of the interns within the building to encourage healthy partnerships and interdisciplinary communication throughout the building and fellowships.


So far, loving what I do! Thanks a million times over for having me!!!

The title derives from the fact that I never thought I would be doing so much in a field I am passionate about but sometimes you just have to think big and apply yourself!!


The artwork is mine, it’s a representation of jumping my heart through hoops to achieve my goals no matter how much anxiety it gives me. That being said, my recently acquired name tag is proof that making that jump was so worth it!!!!

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