On June 13, training intern Skyler Brennan joined the workforce on the J.N. “Ding” Darling Nationwide Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel to assist with staffing shortages this summer time, because of funding from the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Pals of the Refuge.
She is going to work with the customer providers workforce to create STEM — Science, Know-how, Engineering and Math — lesson plans to make use of with The Sanibel Faculty within the coming faculty yr.
A local of Waxhaw, North Carolina, Brennan will enter her senior yr on the Western Carolina College in Cullowhee, North Carolina, within the fall. Majoring in environmental science with a minor in biology, she is working towards her environmental educator certification for the state of North Carolina, has expertise instructing at Cherokee Elementary in Cherokee, North Carolina, and has studied environmental training.
“The factor I like most concerning the refuge is the training about conservation that additionally comes with visiting the refuge itself,” Brennan stated. “I’m excited to assist the youthful technology be taught concerning the significance of conservation for each wildlife and the ecosystems they inhabit.”
“We’re excited for Skyler to affix the workforce and sit up for seeing all of the artistic and enjoyable plans she develops this summer time,” Supervisory Refuge Ranger Toni Westland, who heads guests providers, stated. “Our interns deliver youthful vitality, enthusiasm and creativity to the refuge workforce. On the similar time, this system offers college students and up to date graduates a chance to be taught hands-on concerning the setting and refuge operations.”
The DDWS gives residing stipends and different advantages for a few dozen interns annually, whereas the refuge helps interns with free housing.
For extra details about the internship program, contact Westland at 239-472-1100, ext. 237.
For extra details about supporting this system, contact DDWS Affiliate Director Sierra Hoisington at 239-472-1100, ext. 233.