WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Each year, the CVEEC hires a fantastic team of Field Instructor Interns.  They spend the year teaching, learning, and living here in the national park.  Since 1994, more than 150 Field Instructor Interns have spent a year with us, interacting with kids and passing on their passion for the environment and their love of this national park.  But, what happens to our intern staff once they leave the CVEEC?  We checked in with some of our intern alumni to see what they are up to, and how their Field Instructor Internship helped them get to where they are today.

Michael Stein

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Stein

Field Instructor Intern:

2006-2007

What came next?

After working at the CVEEC I was offered a position to work for the Cleveland Metroparks as a naturalist and interpreter.  I worked in the Garfield Heights Nature Center for a year before I decided to pursue my passion for teaching (which I developed at the CVEEC) and jump headfirst into an AmeriCorps teaching program working with at risk youth in inner city Boston.  After working with the Boston Public Schools for a year, I hopped on a ferryboat to Nantucket Island where I worked as a cultural historian and interpreter for the Nantucket Historical Association.  I gave tours of famous whaling captains’ homes, the Nantucket history museum, and other fun and historical portions of Nantucket Island.  Nantucket is an awesome place to spend the spring, summer, and fall, but the winters are very cold and windy.  I made my way back to the mainland and became a cheese expert while working in a fancy cheese shop.   I also became a food demo specialist for whole foods market.  I put on cooking demonstrations and culinary classes for the public.  I tried out for food network a couple of times, got a few call backs, but have not made it to food network or PBS cooking channel yet.  Since I am not a culinary superstar I decided to take the LSAT and go to law school to study Environmental Law.

Current job/position:

Currently I am in my second year of law school at the University of Wisconsin.  I addition to pursuing a law degree I am also pursuing a masters degree in Environmental Science.  Since being in law school I have worked for an Environmental law non-profit Midwest Environmental Advocates and I have interned at the Legal Services Bureau of the Department of Natural Resources.  Besides these legal experiences I have also been a graduate teaching assistant for the Biology Dept. at Wisconsin.

Skills learned at the EEC that helped you get to your current job:

Having passion, enthusiasm, and excitement will go a long way.

Skills learned at the EEC that helped you with life in general:

Being flexible, open, honest, and able to adapt to changing situations

Best aspect of the CVEEC internship:

The sense of community that the interns built.  The opportunity to learn about nature, about teaching students, and about ourselves.  The chance to be outside every day and see how the world changes with the seasons is pretty magical too.  Plus I really liked using the official walkie-talkies.

Do you still remember the lyrics to “All the Rivers Run”:

Heck yeah!  Alex Bevin still rocks my socks off.  I still remember the chords and play the song for friends every once in a while.

Additional memories and/or comments:

Thanks for all the great times, great memories, great friends, and great fun!

Daniella Lorincz 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniella (Donna) Ruth Lorincz Drader

Field Instructor Intern:

2002-2003

What came next?

I traveled west where I worked for two Native American reservations as a Fire Prevention Specialist. I ended up going to graduate school for Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University. I led another Student Conservation Association trail crew up in Alaska, I spent some time as the Idaho state AmeriCorps coordinator, and I’ve held multiple other positions where I took people outside. One of those positions was as a Psychosocial Rehabilitator for a family services agency, another was as a Natural Leader with the Children & Nature Network, and at WSU I was an Adventure Facilitator/Challenge Course Facilitator through University Recreation and the Outreach Coordinator for their Center for Civic Engagement office.

Current job/position:

Currently, I work for PeaceTrees Vietnam as a contracted non-profit specialist. Our new website will be launching soon www.peacetreesvietnam.org. On the side, I also work for the Associated Recreation Council/Seattle Parks as a Challenge Course Facilitator/Afterschool Counselor. I’ll be starting my own Adventure Coaching business soon and I’m also scoping out PhD programs.

Skills learned at the EEC that helped you get to your current job:

Multi-tasking! Also, I love working with people of all ages. It was great to learn the lessons and then get to be creative with curriculum. I know that flexibility has helped me learn efficiency.

Skills learned at the EEC that helped you with life in general:

Living in a community provided many people skills. I really liked the collaborative living and working arrangement.

Lessons learned/advice for future interns:

Take every opportunity to learn while at the park. Reach out and network to staff, outside professionals, and community members. You never know what path that may lead you on. I ended up taking my Red Card class with some of the rangers and that led me down the path of being a wildland firefighter for a bit! Also, honor the people you work with. These fellow colleagues will be your allies in the future. We can all support each other in some way. I was able to help one of our Field Instructors from Uganda start a school in his home town. My conversations with my other fellow Field Instructors have sometimes been the only thing to keep me going forward during hard times as well. It’s a great community.

Best aspect of the CVEEC internship:

Great preparation and overall cross-training to bring into whatever future career path…and also the people connection/support.

CVEEC favorites:

Oh goodness, this is a hard one to answer. I guess I really enjoyed the night hikes because they were such a new and neat experience for most. I loved donning my waders to check out the froggies at night as well. Believe it or not, I loved dressing in historical costumes as well! Stories by the campfire is also a favorite.

Do you still remember the lyrics to “All the Rivers Run”:

All the Rivers Run…dancing in the sun…all the rivers run J I’m sitting at my office desk running through the motions as well!

Martha Zelinski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martha Zelinski (Macso)

Field Instructor Intern:

2003-2005

What came next?

Stayed on to work for the Conservancy for CVNP as an Event Coordinator until 2008, then to grad school to get my education degree, from there to becoming a special education teacher at the elementary level and now my best job to date….Mommy

Current job/position:

Mom

Skills learned at the EEC that helped you get to your current job:

-I learned to be “on” all the time, no matter what was going on in my personal life, this was a once in a lifetime experience for those children

-Getting over my fear of speaking in front of other adults

-Singing and acting animated in front of others (I was terribly shy when I first started and didn’t like to be on center stage)

-The importance of composting

-The peacefulness and serenity of hiking at night

Lessons learned/advice for future interns:

-Enjoy the experience even though the hours are long and the kids can sometimes be trying, you are making a huge impression on their lives, many of the children never get to have an experience like this again, so make it the best day/week for them!

Best aspect of the CVEEC internship:

-All the things I learned that helped me become a teacher, I probably wouldn’t have become a teacher if it wasn’t for the EEC getting me out of my shell

-The other interns and staff were also a huge part of the internship experience for me

-I also LOVED the housing and being able to hike/run to work

CVEEC favorites:

Loved ALL the trails, mealtime songs, campfires/stories (especially the one about the night sky)

Do you still remember the lyrics to “All the Rivers Run”:

All the rivers run, dancing in the sun, cradling their watershed, all the rivers run, we live in a world so big and green, all the rivers run….I am sure I could remember more given more than 2 seconds

Additional memories and/or comments:

I am still hiking the Oak Hill trail with my husband, baby and dog on a regular basis.

Do you still remember the lyrics to “All the Rivers Run”:

All the Rivers Run…dancing in the sun…all the rivers run : ) I’m sitting at my office desk running through the motions as well!

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Candace (Deming) Bates

Field Instructor Intern:

August 1998-June 1999

What came next?

Education Curator at the Akron Zoological Park, 1999-2005

Interpretive Specialist for the Ohio & Erie Canalway, 2005-2007

MA in Secondary Education, University of Akron, 2008

Current job/position:

Science teacher, Archbishop Hoban High School, 2008-present

Skills learned at the EEC that helped you get to your current job:

Natural history of Ohio and classroom management

Lessons learned/advice for future interns:

Enjoy getting paid to work outside. The opportunities for field employment can decrease as you get older!

Best aspect of the CVEEC internship:

I met my husband as an intern. He continues to work with CVNP as an Interpretive Park Ranger.

CVEEC favorites:

Redwing Pond & Created Wetlands

Do you still remember the lyrics to “All the Rivers Run”:

Yes…

All the rivers run. Dancing in the sun. Cradled in their watersheds. All the rivers run.

We live on a planet so big and blue… So much to learn so much to do…

There are mountains high and valleys low… And in between them waters flow…

I won’t continue.

Additional memories and/or comments:

Lots! It was a wonderful place to work, and I am still in contact with most of the people who were in my intern class.

 

 

*This blog post is part 1 of a series.  Check back later to hear from more intern alumni.  And remember, you can always follow our blog by clicking on the follow button in the bottom right corner of the screen.  Followers will receive emails each time a new entry is posted.

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