BLM Direct Hire Authority Intern Profiles


Below we feature the profiles of our EPIC BLM Direct Hire Authority Resource Assistant Interns

Summer 2019Summer 2019

Jerrica Smith

Contract Specialist, Washington National Office

My name is Jerrica Smith and I’m from a small town in the southern U.S. called Port Gibson, located in Mississippi. I recently graduated from Alcorn State University in Lorman, MS with a B.S. in Agribusiness Management. While pursuing my degree, I worked as a secretary assistant in my university’s agriculture department for three year. In the summer of 2018, I did research and studied Tropical Agroecology and Sustainability in San Jose, Costa Rica. Prior to my experience with ACE, I was very uncertain about my post- graduation plans. I have a very broad spectrum of interests and I’m not very picky. I’ll attempt any task presented before me and if I’m good at it, I do it. Without any internships or formal work experience to help me decide what I’m passionate about and truly wanted to do, I was a bit lost. Fortunately, however, I heard about some ACE/BLM internships from two friends who recently interned with them and had a great time. From there, I stumbled upon the Contract Specialist position and it seemed to align well with my personal skill set. As far as my long-term goals are concerned, the BLM ACE DHA program presented me with the potential opportunity to achieve employment through the federal government with the Bureau of Land Management and optimally utilize my degree and skill-sets to contribute to a meaningful cause. At the very least, I feel it could provide me with more experience, so I can narrow down my interests and make a more informed decision about what I want to do with my life.

Cortney Platero

Archaeological Technician – Winnemucca District Office

She is from Gallup and Las Cruces, NM the Land of Enchantment has been her home for many years. In 2015 she obtained her Bachelor’s in Anthropology from New Mexico State University (NMSU). May 2018 at NMSU she graduated with her Master’s degree in Anthropology emphasis in Archaeology with a Graduate Certificate in Cultural Resource Management. During Graduate school her non-thesis was focused on the Navajo Indian Irrigation Project- Block II (NIIP- Block II) from 1974-1976 in the Four Corners Region of Northern New Mexico. Under supervision/guidance from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) with the NMSU museum she provided a clear and distinct inventory of the collection using the database provided by the BIA. Her coursework during graduate school included archaeological theory/methods, field work, survey, cultural resource management, museum curation, Southwest ceramics and outreach through the Anthropology Graduate Student Organization as their Vice President 2016-2017.

As an undergrad she was also an active member for the Anthropology club. She also contributed to research in the medical anthropology field under Dr. Mary Alice Scott in her research studying the observation of incoming doctors implementing cultural sensitivity. The dissemination of that research went to the AAA’s in 2016. At the Chile Pepper Institute she conducted research on the effects of seed sanitation with bleach under a PATHWAYS grant. Also, she attended a conference to the Body Farm in San Marcos, TX at Texas State University.

Aside from taking every opportunity NMSU offered she also pursued an internship through the Southwest Conservation Corps in the summer of 2017 with the United States Forest Service- Reserve District as an Archaeologist Tech. There she conducted surveys, contributed to reports for SHPO, identified ceramics and artifacts in the area and assessed PHA’s of archaeological sites. June 2018 to May of 2019 she worked as the Archaeology/Park Ranger intern for the BLM- Las Cruces District Office on the Organ Mountains- Desert Peaks National Monument and Prehistoric Trackways National Monument. There she used applied the skills she had acquired from NMSU to daily activities from survey to in-field analysis and providing information about local archaeological sites within the Monument and the District

Emily Miller

Natural Resource Specialist – Humboldt River Field Office

My name is Emily Miller, a current 5th year student at the University of Toronto. I am pursuing a double major in Biodiversity & Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies and am excited to put into practice the concepts I have learned in the classroom through interning this summer. Along with my academics, I am part of my college’s intramural water polo team and am a member of my college’s orientation team. I also teach swim lessons with a program that works with disabled children in the Toronto area.

Eton Thomas

IT Specialist – Washington National Office

Eton is a recent graduate from Coppin State University. He graduated in December with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies; areas of concentration in Computer Science and Criminal Justice. During his college career with both Coppin State University and Baltimore City Community College, he was a student athlete. Throughout this time, he developed strong leadership skills, excellent time management and he was considered a valuable team player. His days were spent training, studying playbooks, watching film, traveling, and playing basketball while simultaneously maintaining a full course load. Throughout this internship he will be working as an IT Specialist. The BLM internship is the first work experience Eton has had in this field and he is very excited to be a part of it.

Madeleine Levy

Biological Technician – Eagle Lake Field Office

My name is Madeleine Levy and I am interning in the Eagle Lake Field office as a biological technician. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area and am a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley studying rangeland management. My research focuses on the affects wild horses have on wildlife on our Western United States rangelands. When not in school or working on my research, I enjoy being in the outdoors. I currently reside in a small rural town in northeast California where I enjoy fishing, riding horses, working on a ranch, and hiking with my dog, Blue.

The DHA program was appealing to me because of the opportunities it would allow me to have that would benefit my future. I would love to one day work for a government-like agency managing rangeland ecosystems, wild horses, and wildlife. The skills and knowledge that I will gain from this internship will set me up for success in future opportunities.

Cole Dowdy

Maintenance Mechanic – Bakersfield Field Office

My name is Cole Dowdy and I have been living in Bakersfield for close to 10 years now. I graduated from CSU-Bakersfield in May of 2018 with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Biology. I have previously had an internship with the BLM through American Conservation Experience (ACE) from June 2019 to June 2018. I was a Wilderness and Recreation Range Intern and enjoyed every minute of it. My interest in this DHA program comes directly from my previous internship and all the great things I have experienced because of it. My career goals are to hopefully fall right into an open position that this DHA opportunity trains me for. I hope to gain new valuable experience with tools, building methods, technician skills, and orientation of the public lands that I will manage.

Julio Gaxiola

Land Law Examiner – Nevada State Office

Julio Gaxiola received his degree in Environmental Science & Policy/BA at California State University, Long Beach. From his studies, he gained a passion for sustainable planning and development in city and rural areas. He believes that our cities must revolutionize the way we use our space in order to mitigate and adapt to anthropogenically caused climate change. During his time in college, he worked as a sustainability consultant and expert for the Associated Student Inc. organization on campus. While working with this organization, he worked on sustainability-related policy and reports that affected the campus and their environmental efforts. He also worked in outreach and educating students about sustainability and its’ importance in communities. He is currently working for ACE in the BLM office in Reno Nevada.

He hopes to learn more about public laws and agency policy in order to hopefully pursue a degree in law or apply for a master’s program in sustainability management. He also wants to use the 11 weeks to improve on his skills and experience in working in a professional setting. During his free time, he likes to shoot photography, travel, try new food, and spend time in the gym.

Stacey Escamilla

Archaeological Technician – Bakersfield Field Office

Stacey graduated from California State University Bakersfield in June 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. As an undergraduate student, Stacey worked as an archaeologist for cultural resource management firms throughout California’s Southern San Joaquin Valley. Her cultural resource management experience and passion for preservation inspired her to apply for an internship with the Bureau of Land Management in June 2016. As an intern Stacey completed a travel and transportation management plan for the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Her work led to the designation of a vast network roads, improving recreation throughout the monument. Stacey will return to the Bakersfield BLM as an Archaeology intern in the summer of 2019. She hopes to continue pursuing a career in cultural resource management.

Brooke Thompson

Ecologist – Redding Field Office

Brooke Thompson is an Ecologist Intern with the American Conservation Experience and the Bureau of Land Management at the Redding Field Office in northern California. She uses geospatial data to create ESRI Story Maps that convey the importance of BLM projects in Redding, CA.

Brooke received her B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Ecology and Environmental Biology at James Madison University and her Master of Forestry at Virginia Tech. During her undergraduate career she worked as a research assistant studying American ginseng survival and reproduction. In graduate school she researched the effects of intensive management on soil carbon storage and their implications for climate change and soil productivity. She is working towards a career using GIS to understand complex ecosystem processes and is especially interested in carbon research.

Brooke is an avid Appalachian Trail hiker, trail runner, and mountain biker. She spends most of her time outside with her dog Tymber. She is incredibly excited to travel to California and start her DHA internship with ACE and BLM!

Sarabeth Pearce-Smith

Forestry Technician – Upper Willamette Field Office

Sarabeth grew up in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, surrounded by mountains, forests, and oceans. From a young age, her mom dragged her out on hikes in the college research forest, and eventually Sarabeth began to delight in rough-skinned newts, enormous Douglas firs, and clear-running streams. She grew up hiking Oregon, gaining an appreciation for the outdoors and a curiosity about how it worked. After high school, she pursued a passion for service and joined the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, travelling throughout Colorado and Texas with a team to complete projects in construction, invasive species removal, and food security. Sarabeth most enjoyed working outdoors, whether felling invasive trees in Austin or building fencing in rural Colorado. She wants to have a career involving the natural world. She is now back in the Willamette Valley at Oregon State University, pursuing some combination of natural
resources management, geography, and economics.

Sarabeth finds the issue of sustainable management of socioecological systems vital and fascinating. She’s pursuing this internship to explore how that is done and what her place in it could be. She’ll be working with the Upper Willamette Field office of the Bureau of Land Management and will have the opportunity to work with all the departments, from botany to silviculture. She hopes to gain career insight and experience.

Sarabeth would love to work in public lands management or research of sustainable management. She is most interested in specializing in geography and landscape analysis and/or ecological management. She wants to solve problems relating to limited or threatened natural resources. Sarabeth finds natural systems fascinating and important, and would be interested in learning to utilize them to supply sustainable natural resources.

Madison Phillips

Archaeological Technician – Vernal Field Office

Madison was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a minor in English from the University of Minnesota-Morris. Her interest in archaeology and history started when she was young, she and her sister would explore their backyard, in search of gemstones. As an undergrad, Madison worked at the Stevens County Historical Society as an archives technician and research assistant. During the summer of 2017, she interned at Historic St. Mary’s City, a colonial site in Maryland. While living in Maryland, she was able to participate in the cleaning, identification, and conservation of artifacts coming directly from the archaeological site right outside the lab’s window. Her passion for archaeology and history grew through both of these experiences.

Additionally, Madison loves spending time outside, including hiking, running, and kayaking or paddleboarding the many lakes of Minnesota. Her other passions include watching The Office and Frasier reruns and reading novels. Her favorite authors include Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and J.K. Rowling.

Madison became interested in the DHA program from her curator at the Stevens County Historical Society. Madison is truly passionate about history and archaeology and wanted to gain more experience in the field and connect with people who share her excitement. She hopes to pursue a master’s degree in Human Osteology in the future.

Michael Merritt

Archaeological GIS Technician – New Mexico State Office

Michael is an archaeologist interning in the ACE program with the BLM State Office in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Michael earned his B.A. in English from Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) in 2007. He earned his M.A. in Anthropology and Applied Archaeology in 2018, also from ENMU. For his Master’s thesis, entitled “A Macroscopic Lithic Analysis from Ute Dam and Reservoir in Northeastern New Mexico”, Michael analyzed thousands of flaked-stone artifacts and ran statistical tests to determine whether or not debitage analysis is an appropriate means of interpreting prehistoric site use. Some of Michael’s archaeological research interests include: historic preservation, lithic analysis, hunter-gatherer archaeology, geo-archaeology, zooarchaeology, Plains archaeology, Southwest archaeology, Mayan archaeology, and geography.

Michael comes from a traditional farming and ranching background. Before interning with ACE, you could find him working the same fields and pastures where he grew up, doing many of the same types of activities that his great-great grandparents did when they arrived in Eastern New Mexico well over a hundred years ago. As a child, it was finding an arrowhead on his family’s cattle ranch that sparked his interest in anthropology. In addition to a career in archaeology, one of Michael’s main life goals is to write and publish short stories and novels. A few of Michael’s hobbies include: reading, listening to music, motorcycling, horseback riding, hiking, and bird watching.

Cedric Streater

Archaeologist – Winnemucca District Office

Hello my name is Cedric Streater, and I’m from Hartsville South Carolina. I received my BA in both Anthropology and History from Winthrop University in Rock Hill South Carolina, and Currently I have return to my alma mater as History graduate student. The reasons why I studied both History and Anthropology is because my overall goal is to become Archaeologist one day. I have always believed that it was important for current and future generations to understand the cultural significance of the past generations. I hope that my work in this field could one day benefit that understanding. The internship that I’m doing with the BLM is the starting point to my current path.

Lauren Hazzard

Park Ranger – Billings Field Office/Pompey’s Pillar National Monument

Hello! My name is Lauren Hazzard, and I am from Hopkinton Massachusetts, but will soon be moving to Montana to work with ACE and the BLM as a Park Ranger at Pompey’s Pillar National Monument. I am a recent graduate from Bucknell University’s Environmental Studies program, with a minor in Economics and concentration in Studio Art. While at school, I was a three-season division one captain of our Cross Country and Track and Field teams, and a senior technician at our Studio & MakerSpace. Last summer, I worked as an intern in Bucknell’s Office of Campus Sustainability, and while it was a great experience and I learned a lot, it allowed me to realize that I want to take more hands on approach to sustainability with my career, which is why I pursued an internship with ACE and the BLM this summer. Now that I have graduated, I am excited to be starting a long career working for the continued and expanding preservation of our public lands with the Department of Interior. I can’t wait to get to work, learn more about the system, and gain experience working with specialists!

Rachel Moulton

Outdoor Recreation Planner – California Desert District

Rachel has always had a love for the outdoors, even from a young age. When she was three, her mom practically had to force-feed her to get her to eat something before she would run outside for the day. That love of being outside followed her throughout her life as well. Rachel and her family continually go camping, fishing, and hiking when they are able. Ranging from family trips in the Eastern Sierras, hiking with her brother in Montana, and a horse pack trip in Wyoming. After high school, Rachel decided to follow her interest in design and graduated from FIDM with a degree in interior design. After a brief stint as a designer, Rachel rediscovered her love for nature and began pursuing a degree in environmental science. Next spring, she will graduate from California Baptist University with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science with a minor in data science with an emphasis on GIS. She is deeply interested in conservation and sustainability and hopes that her internship through the DHA program will provide her the tools, skills, connections, and potentially a career that will allow her to help make a difference

Terrance Scott

Outdoor Recreation Planner – Upper Snake Field Office

Terrance is originally from New England, has lived in the Pacific Northwest, and now resides in Idaho. Terrance currently lives in the Idaho Falls area with his wife and 6 year old son. They relocated to Eastern Idaho from the Portland, OR area a couple of years ago to make a lifestyle change living in closer proximity to wilderness opportunities and outdoor recreation. Terrance enjoys hiking, backpacking, fly-fishing, camping, shooting, sports, spending time with his family, and the Boston Red Sox. He holds a BA in Business from the University of Massachusetts and recently completed a Master of Natural Resources degree with the University of Idaho.

Working the majority of his career in various management roles in private sector industry, Terrance is now looking forward to a career in the natural resources field where he can leverage his leadership and management experience for purposes more closely aligned with his passion for conservation, sustainability, and outdoor recreation. He is interested in opportunities with BLM and other government agencies where he can utilize his expertise in management process development/optimization, project management, and policy development to enhance organizational effectiveness. He is also hoping for opportunities where he can lead teams to accomplishing objectives that further mission and strategic direction. Terrance is grateful to have been selected for the ACE-BLM-DHA program to gain the opportunity to fully realize his career transition. He is looking forward to working as an Outdoor Recreation Planner with BLM where he expects to gain experience in BLM processes and exposure to working with multi-disciplinary teams of natural resource professionals.

Terrance is a life-long outdoor enthusiast and supporter of natural resource conservation and management. During his career transition, he has networked extensively with natural resource management and conservation organizations such as the US Forest Service, BLM, Idaho Dept. of Lands, Idaho Fish & Game, the Henry’s Fork Foundation, Trout Unlimited, and the Nature Conservancy. Terrance is an active volunteer with Idaho Fish & Game, sits on the Board of Directors for the Trout Unlimited, Snake River Cutthroats Chapter in Idaho Falls, and continues to seek ways to get involved and support conservation. He also volunteers for natural resources support activities through the Idaho Master Naturalists.

Nicholas Klein-Baer

GIS Range Technician – Salt Lake Field Office

Nicholas received his B.A. in Geography with a minor in Geospatial Analysis in May 2019 from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA. While studying there he presented research at the annual conferences of both the Association of American Geographers and the California Geographic Society, participated in an archeological fellowship with the Russian Geographic Society in Tuva, Russia, and worked as a T.A. and tutor for introductory courses in physical geography and geospatial technologies. Growing up in Northern California he has had a life-long passion for the outdoors, and feels most at home behind the ‘Redwood Curtain’. His hobbies include backpacking, bicycle touring, bird watching, botanizing, fire juggling and chess.
He has a professional background in conservation work through his experience doing fuel reduction with the California Conservation Corps and trail maintenance with CA State Parks. As an long distance hiker he firmly believes in giving back through volunteering, and has helped maintain and construct sections of the Pacific Crest Trail from San Bernardino, CA to Cascade Locks, OR.

In fact, it was through volunteering with an ACE conservation corps crews working on the PCT in Tahoe National Forest that Nicholas first learned of the EPIC program. He was immediately interested in the program because he has seen firsthand how ACE does important work towards preserving our nation’s remain wild places. It also provides an excellent springboard through which he hopes to launch a career in government conservation work. He hopes to apply the geospatial technology and computer programming skill sets he has acquired in through his formal and informal education to help better understand and protect the natural environment.

Levi Krum

Geographer – Oregon/Washington State Office

Levi Krum, is a recent graduate from Temple University in Philadelphia. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Levi studied Geography and Urban Studies at Temple, with a special focus on Geographic Information Systems. While interning with the Bureau of Land Management Oregon and Washington Office, he will continue to do work with mapping and geography. Levi hopes to use this internship not only as a means to develop personally and professionally, but also as a means to have a positive impact through doing what he is passionate about. His goal for after the summer is to continue to use geography as a means for creating equitable spaces.

Katelyn Sanders

Range Technician – Winnemucca District Office

Throughout my college career, I have always had a deep passion for conservation. I use this passion to drive my education and my extracurriculars on campus and community. On my campus, I pursue the implementation of native plant species to provide homes and food sources to native species. This dedication follows off campus as I work in Metroparks to forest parks as well as clean streams. I want to take this enthusiasm for the restoration and conservation of the environment into my future career. I want to work in national parks to expand these areas, but to do so in a way that is healthy for human beings as well as the natural systems in place. I truly believe that without education there cannot be conservation, and this is why national parks are the epitome of conservation. These lands are used to educate the public on the environment and do so in a way that is inviting. Through this education of the public, I believe great
changes can happen in our nation in the direction of a healthy and restored ecosystem.

Alana Basso

Geologist – Humboldt River Field Office

My name is Alana Basso, I am from Rochester, New York and I received my B.S in Geology at the State University of New York at Potsdam. I have always had a passion for the outdoors, growing up surrounded by large woodland environments in the Finger Lakes Region and a natural curiosity to explore led me towards geology. My curiosity grew throughout my youth by reading every geology book available at local libraries and collecting and breaking open rocks to identify their components and understand how they formed. My passion and curiosity stayed with me throughout high school and college and I decided to pursue my interest in Geology as a career.

During my time as an undergraduate I have had so many amazing opportunities to apply my knowledge of Geology in the field. In July 2017, I traveled with my geology department to California to study the habitats of the Redwoods, Sequoias, and Bristle Cone Pines and how the unique geology of the state creates localized areas where these trees thrive. Then during the Summer of 2018, I had the opportunity to travel West again to the Tobacco Root Mountains of Southwestern Montana, where I spent 6 weeks learning how to map large areas of land, geologic formations, and large-scale geologic structures while utilizing orienteering skills and tools such as Brunton Compasses. I am excited for the opportunity to present my skills again towards new challenges with the BLM.

During this opportunity with the BLM, I hope to gain a better understanding of the impact of mining practices on the surrounding environment and issues pertaining to these practices. I want to apply the skills I gain this summer towards protecting, preserving, and restoring public lands in the Western United States. My long-term goal is to pursue a master’s degree in Environmental Geology in the future.

Lindsey Green

Range Technician – Motherlode Field Office

My name is Lindsey Green and I am a Senior at Chico State University, working towards my degree Agriculture Business. Currently I am the treasurer of Chico State’s Rangeland Management Club and I am also an active member of the Young Cattlemen’s Association. I am
originally from Redding, CA and attended Foothill High School where I was very involved in FFA. I showed market hogs, competed in Career Development Events and served as Secretary and President for my chapter. After graduation, I went on to further my education and my passion for agriculture at Shasta College. I obtained Associates Degrees in Agriculture Business and Sustainability and served as Treasurer and President of the Shasta College Agriculture and Natural Resources Club.

Once I started at Chico State I knew I needed to get involved in club activities. On a whim, I joined the Rangeland Management Club. Since I joined I have had the opportunity to
travel to the Society for Rangeland Managers Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN and compete in the Range Cup, where my team and I took third place. Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the annual Science in the Sagebrush Steppe where schools from Oregon, Nevada, Idaho and California spent 4 days learning about how industry professionals manage the Sagebrush Steppe at the Northern Great Basin Experiment Station. All of my experiences through the Rangeland Management Club have allowed me to develop a deep-rooted passion and desire to learn about how to better manage our beautiful and complex rangelands. I am really looking forward to this great opportunity to serve as a Rangeland Technician with the American Conservation Experience and be able to work with the Bureau of Land Management.

Justice Best

Biological Technician – Black Rock Field Office/Winnemucca District Office

My name is Justice Best and I am a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno. I’m currently working on earning my bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Conservation and Ecology. I was born in California and raised in Nevada by my incredible dad, Jeff Best. I attribute my love for the outdoors and desire to preserve the environment to my dad’s parenting. He taught me what’s important in life and that I should never give up the fight to protect the wildlife that face so many adversities in this changing world. Entering college after high school has offered me many valuable experiences and new opportunities. I’ve been a member of the UNR Wildlife Society for several semesters and this coming fall I will become the new president for the club. This club alone has brought me new friendships and has taken me on exciting adventures. Some of these adventures include visiting animal sanctuaries, performing cleanups, and seeing new state parks. Moreover, entering college has also lead me to opportunities such as this one interning for the American Conservation experience. With the spring semester coming to an end I knew I wanted to find work related to me field for the summer so that I could gain work experience. Ever since I was a young girl my dream career was anything outdoors and anything helping to protect wildlife. An internship with the American Conservation Experience was an excellent opportunity to begin fulfilling this dream and getting involved with wildlife conservation. The project I will be working on will deal with collecting vegetative data to assess the health of the land. I’m extremely excited to begin this work so that I can expand my understanding of species conservation. I hope to apply what I learn while interning for the American Conservation Experience in my own career and research as I continue my education. In the future I’d like to become an endangered species biologist working to preserve threatened and endangered species across the world. I’m extremely thankful to have been offered this internship, and I look forward to the adventure

Sandra Jimenez

Contract Specialist – National Operations Center

Sandra Jimenez is currently an intern with USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) at the Office of Field Operations (OFO) in Raleigh, North Carolina. Here she supports the Resource Management team with the overall management of inspection and enforcement program involving meat, poultry, and egg products in several states. Additionally, she
provides support to the 1,000 plus field employees by developing reports, preparing personnel actions and providing technical assistance with accountable property, expenditures and travel.

She was hired on to the Raleigh OFO after having been hired this past summer 2018 as an Intern with USDA FSIS Office of International Coordination in Washington, DC. Sandra has an extensive work history with several Southern and Northern California National Forests, such as working for the USDA Forest Service (FS) Riverside Fire Lab, San Dimas Technology Center and Region 5 Fire and Aviation Management in Sacramento California.

During the Summer of 2017, she served as an Outdoor Resource Assistant for the Bureau of Land Management in Casper Wyoming working along the North Platte River. The research and work from her time with BLM has allowed for the identification of the state of facilities, services, and recreational opportunities, and the prioritization needs for maintenance, restoration, and improvement along Trappers Route.

Her extensive knowledge, skills and research with Public Lands led her to being selected out of over 100 applicants as an ideal National Ambassador for the Forest Service. She graduated this December 2018 with her Master’s degree in Public Administration and has a dual Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology

Jenna Herreman

Civil Engineer – Winnemucca District Office

My name is Jenna Herreman and I am a civil engineer. I was born in Columbus, Ohio and am
attending school in Valparaiso University until I graduate in the Spring of 2020. I have chosen to use my education to protect the planet and the people. I hope to help solve problems including flooding, drought, famine, water and soil contamination, transportation, poverty, and to design affordable shelter. I chose this career path to generally design infrastructure for communities in order for the economy to prosper. I feel compelled to go wherever I am most needed, and where my skills can improve the lives of many people. Engineers have a great responsibility to ensure that people are safe, to create jobs, to innovate stronger and cheaper material, and to reduce the impact to the environment. I am highly motivated, skilled at data analysis and critical thinking, and I also think outside the box to innovate new designs.

I am interested in the DHA program because it provides the opportunity to gain experience inside of the Bureau of Land Management. This experience along with my outside experience at a consulting firm, and my leadership experience with the Peace Corps, ASCE, SWE, Engineers without Borders, and various student organizations will be helpful in acquiring a job where I can create positive changes in the country. One of the ways I create positive change in the community is by teaching mediation and yoga. I also love playing instruments, and exploring nature in the National Parks. I would love to design new facilities for the National Parks to bring more people together in nature, educate the public on environmental sustainability, while also reducing the environmental impact of tourism.

Sarah Scott

Jenna Rabe

Park Ranger – Barstow Field Office

My name is Jenna Rabe. I am from Las Cruces, New Mexico where I attended school at New Mexico State University. I recently completed my BS in Geography with a concentration in Geographic Science Information and Technology. I also pursued a minor in Gender & Sexuality Studies. Through my education I discovered that geography is an interdisciplinary study with abundant connections. I was exposed to both physical and human geography where my courses helped me draw out those connections. I really enjoyed Gender & Sexuality Studies because I was exposed to new ways of thinking and viewing the world.
I was able to become involved with the beautiful community of Las Cruces where we are surrounded by intriguing landforms like the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument, Prehistoric Trackways National Monument, and White Sands National Monument. I found my passion in environmental education and outreach. I discovered the importance of being involved and helping others create a space and place of their own. I want to continue my path in environmental and sustainability focuses. I am a hands-on person who enjoys and encourages participation and team-work. I love being outdoors, hanging out with my cute cat, and watching documentaries.

Erin Levesque

Erin Levesque

Geologist – Humboldt River Field Office

My name is Erin Levesque and I am from Albany, New York. I’ve had a passion for geology and the natural sciences ever since I was young. I come from a family of Adirondack 46Rs and have spent much of my life in the Adirondack Mountains. I recently graduated from the State University of New York at Potsdam with a B.S. Degree in Geology with a minor in Wilderness Education. While earning my degree, I attended a geology field camp in Montana with the University of Indiana and I am excited to have the opportunity to travel to the Western U.S. again to Nevada.

I am very excited to work as a geologist intern with the Bureau of Land Management with the DHA program and learn how the geosciences are utilized in the Department of Interior. I hope that this internship provides insight into how geologists operate in the government sector, make connections within my field, and further develop my fieldwork skills. After this internship is completed, I plan to work for the DOI to gain more professional experience to then return to school to complete my Master’s Degree in geology.