Administrative Support Clerk , National Conservation Training Center , Shepherdstown , West Virginia
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
How Keenan DeLawder got involved with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
I found the STEP opportunity through my school website. On the Shepherd University website they post available student jobs and internships within a reasonable distance of campus.
I work in the museum archives as a museum assistant. The most memorable part of working at the Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center is attending the 50th Anniversary of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which included speeches from many people related to the Alaskan conservation mission. The symposium housed several speeches including: Author/Professor, Dr. Douglas Brinkley; Alaskan Native, Sarah James; field biologist, Dr. George Schaller; 39th President of the United States, President Jimmy Carter, and many more. This celebration educated many individuals of the arctic’s many values, and it was great to be in attendance at the 3-day symposium.
Keenan DeLawder's accomplishments
Since being a part of FWS NCTC I have learned a lot about wildlife conservation. I work in the museum archives. I have worked on many conservationists’ collections such as John Lynch’s Whooping Crane and Curtis and Sarah Carley Red Wolf. I have also helped out with the annual inventory of historic objects in the museum archives which range from stuffed endangered animals to conservationists book collections.
Keenan DeLawder's next steps
My goals for the near future are to earn my B.S. degree in Business Administration as well as a Masters in Business Administration at Shepherd University and to hopefully fulfill an open position at FWS NCTC.
Hometown: Ranson , West Virginia
School: Shepherd University
Major: Business Administration