Training Technician, National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, West Virginia
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
How Kerrick Stephenson Reisbig got involved with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
After graduating with a Bachelor degree in Human Factor Psychology and System Engineering with a minor in Life Sciences, I took a few years to regain my self awareness. It's easy to lose sight of yourself in the whirlwind of college. I thought back to my youth, pondering what truly made me happy. I came to realize that I was most content walking among the wilderness. The plants, the wildlife, and the pristine balance of it all fascinated me endlessly. So I grabbed the helm of my soul and steered myself away from the cold world of industrial organizational psychology and sought to preserve the wild world that I loved. I entered this career as a volunteer for the archives of the Fish and Wildlife Service. I found meaning in this work, preserving the past of an ever evolving agency to understand where the service began and where it is heading. I learned oodles while sorting through the life works of personnel who lived and labored before my time to make the service what it is today. It was all so apparent in their life, that when you do what you love, the work is its own reward. Before long, folks started noticing my effort. A long story made short, I now have a full time career at the National Conservation Training Center. My ability to find meaning in any task, regardless of how trivial it may superficially seem, has preserved my mind through the most mundane matters. Let’s just say I could get a document copied and on the right desk before the paper had a chance to cool off. I now serve as a training technician for the Professional Development Branch of the Division of Educational Outreach. I have remained flexible with my abilities, and choose to provide whatever skills are necessary to ensure the success of our mission. I wish to see the Fish and Wildlife Service grow strong once again and to perpetually remind the successive generations of our nation the importance of preserving the natural world.
The 50th Anniversary Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Symposium is a much cherished memory. Many great minds came together to reaffirm the importance of this refuge. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the only preserved entire ecosystem in the country. It is a hot battlefield between boomers and greenies. Boomers think there is oil there; greenies perpetually defend the fragile ecosystem where caribou, migratory birds, polar bears and many others come to birth their young. My heart was really in the work for this one!
Kerrick Stephenson Reisbig's accomplishments
Professionally, I pull late hours, meet my deadlines, and generally run around like an elite worker ant when events such as the Arctic Symposium are in the works. I cherish the feeling at the end of a long day that I’ve accomplished something that will make a difference in the world. Personally, I wrangled the deed of a foreclosed house from the vice grip of Goldman Sachs. It was a paperwork nightmare enshrouded by questionable contracts, hoops to jump through, excessive fees, and less-than-honest selling realtors. Fortunately, I had a buying realtor in my corner with a heart of gold and nerves of steel, a knowledgeable loan officer who wasn’t afraid to let it rip on the underwriters, sharp advisors, formidable attorneys, and friends in the right places to make it all come together just in the nick of time. The sellers had skimmed thousands of dollars from previous potential buyers, and we put an end to it. I’m mighty proud of that. Keeps me honed.
Kerrick Stephenson Reisbig's next steps
I’m still low on the totem pole, but moving up. I have the crosshairs of my long term visions set upon congress. It’s a chaotic brawl on Capitol Hill, not suitable for a gentleman. As luck would have it, I’ve never claimed to be a gentleman. I like a good battle. There’s only scanty valor in the easy stuff. At best, I shall know triumph of high achievement, at worse, I fail while daring greatly. I thrive on the flavors of victory and defeat. They’re the hot sauce on my taco.
Hometown: Ponce Inlet, Florida
School: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Major: Human Factors Psychology