Student Intern, Lake Champlain Fish and WIldlife Resources Office, Essex Junction, Vermont
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
 
How Nicole Marcotte got involved with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
My school, Saint Michael's College, collaborates with the Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Resources Office every summer and offers an internship to students. This summer I worked with the Partners Program of the Lake Champlain office as the student intern. My primary job in the office was to assist with monitoring of riparian restoration plantings.
 
Experience
This summer I was lucky enough to be out in the field for every work day. One day, when we should have probably stayed in the office, we decided to brave the heavy pouring rain and go monitor a site. Outfitted with our rain jackets, waterproof pants, and rubber boots, we monitored the site in roughly three hours. By that time, our waterproof gear was no longer waterproof, our maps were a soggy pile of mush, and our fingers were so pruney that we looked like we had aged a good 50 years. But despite this all, I couldn't help but to smile as I was still fully enjoying myself. Standing soaked amongst joe-pye weed, goldenrod, and reed-canary grass was when I realized that I didn't want to be anywhere else. Being outside, learning about nature is what makes me truly happy, and I realized that day that heavy rains could never restrain my will to be outside and my overall passion for the environment.
 
Nicole Marcotte's accomplishments
-Learned to identify various flora species. - Learned about restoration projects and the planning and actions that are necessary to make restoration successful. - Learned the basics of identifying bird species. - Expanded my knowledge of GPS use. - Learned the basics of GIS use and creating maps.
 
Nicole Marcotte's next steps
Once I graduate Saint Michael's with a degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Journalism, I would like to delve into the creative side of environmentalism. I would really like to somehow incorporate the arts, including photography and writing (both of which I am very passionate about), and create a campaign that advocates for people to build a relationship with nature. I feel that once people find that they connect with nature through the arts, they will generate a greater respect for the environment, which will then lead to them to live more sustainable lifestyles.
 
Hometown: , Vermont
School: Saint Michael's College
Major: Environmental Studies - Environmental Advocacy: Building a Relationship with Nature