I graduated from the University of Maine at Fort Kent in the spring of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies degree. I chose UMFK because of the affordability, hands on learning, and location. The knowledgeable professors and field experiences set the Environmental Studies program at UMFK apart from programs at other universities. While attending UMFK, I was able to build connections that lead to me being hired as a contractor for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Fisheries Division. I was able to work a professional job in my field of study while being a full time student at UMFK. The skills I learned in classes were essential to being a productive and proficient employee. Shortly after graduating, I accepted a permanent position as a Fish Culturist for the department. My current job duties include fish husbandry, spawning, and stocking throughout the state. Getting a degree in Environmental Studies from UMFK has allowed me to obtain a job in my chosen field here in Maine. I truly enjoy going to work every morning.
I learned about local and global environmental systems and how all components in those systems play into each other.
I learned the hard skills of field work, data collection, and data management.
I learned how to format and write professional reports based on data collected in studies both pre-determined and self-designed.
As an environmental studies graduate I hope to be able to find a career working outside doing field research for wildlife / fisheries as well as working in wildlife conservation. Attending UMFK has given me the privilege of various in the field experiences and a multitude of interesting classes covering all sorts of topics. With these things, along with being able to participate directly in state research and attending various educational trips, UMFK has enabled me to obtain excellent skills that will continue to benefit me as I move forward towards graduating and applying for jobs.
A day in the life of an Allagash Wilderness Waterway Park Ranger is always exciting and different. I do many different things from maintaining campsites to teaching the history of this historic waterway to visitors. I am 68 miles in the woods above Greenville for nine days at a time in my own cabin. It is a rewarding job and I feel like I’m a part of something bigger. The classes I took as a conservation law and environmental studies student helped prepare me for the career path I am now on. Working in the Allagash helped introduce me to, and be a part of, other state agencies such as the Maine Warden Service and Maine Forest Rangers. UMFK’s close proximity to the Allagash introduced me to this hidden treasure in the North Maine Woods, along with staff and field experience gained during our trips abroad; UMFK prepared me well for the rewarding career I have chosen!