The Squam Conservation Internship provides skills and experience for future conservation professionals while working as the driving force behind the SLA’s conservation mission. This volunteer internship provides hands-on conservation work experience and certifications over a broad range of activities. Interns serve as campsite hosts and caretakers at our backcountry campsites, work toward the eradication of variable milfoil, engage both youth and adults in environmental education, and perform other conservation duties such as shoreline restoration and trail maintenance and construction. Squam Conservation Interns also regularly write about their experiences in the Squam Watershed.
It's Alice, like Alice in Wonderland. I hail from Durham, North Carolina, although I have spent the last four years of my life living in Baltimore. I attended Goucher College, where I majored in biology and minored in chemistry. I kept myself busy by playing tennis on my college team and working odd jobs around campus. Perhaps my favorite job was acting and eventually managing the school mascot: the gopher. I spent my entire childhood adventuring in the woods, I'm excited to have some more adventures this summer at Squam Lake.
My name is Becca and I am from Chicago, Illinois. I graduated from Illinois State University in 2015 with a BA in Biological Sciences and a minor in Environmental Science. My passion for the environment stemmed from a love I have had for turtles ever since I was a little girl. Some of my hobbies include running, going to concerts, tossing a frisbee, and doing puzzles. I am very excited to trade in my life in the concrete jungle this summer for diving, camping, hiking and connecting to the beautiful land that surrounds us!
My name is Dominique and I am from small-town Francestown in southern New Hampshire. I am a rising junior at Plymouth State University studying Environmental Biology and minoring in Sustainability. Within my studies, I have found myself to be particularly interested in conservation as well as the many ways that humans have an impact on species diversity and ecosystems. Learning about animals and how they interact with their ecosystems has become a passion of mine. I hope in the future to have a career where I spend my time outside pursuing that passion. In my free time I enjoy hiking, playing field hockey, reading, cooking, and bird-watching. I also enjoy learning about living a sustainable lifestyle and taking small steps every day to implement those ideas into my own life. I am beyond excited for our summer as interns with the Squam Lakes Association to start!
My name is Elizabeth Wolf and I am a rising senior at Washington and Lee University in Virginia. I'm a double Economics and English major. I've done substantial work in developing cost valuation structures for marine habitats in the Caribbean, mainly coral reefs. My last project was focused on Marine Protected Areas in Cuba. I have conducted field biology work for Massachusetts Audubon and after studying several species of Lepidoptera and getting to know the organization, I was asked to work with the Director to develop a Capital Campaign which has recently reached it's goal!
I'm from Connecticut, but I've been coming to the Lake every summer I've been alive, and I'm so excited to spend three months on Squam. I love everything to do with the Lakes Region and I want to do my part in helping conserve it. I love SCUBA diving, sport rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, sailing, horseback riding, and swimming. Basically I'm a fan of anything that brings me outside. After graduation in May of 2018 I hope to pursue a career where I can put my business and economics training to work in a way that can have a positive environmental impact. In the mean time, it's time to jump in with both feet to Summer of 2017!
Hi, I'm Eric Glover. I am from Meredith, NH, and am currently enrolled in the Bates class of 2020. Although I have yet to declare my major, I am leaning towards environmental economics, and longer term, environmental law. The majority of my 19 summers have been spent in New Hampshire, either at summer camp or my grandparent’s lake house. I like to spend my free time reading, hiking, or hanging out with my friends. In the winter I am an avid skier. I also like hockey, and play for the Bates club team.
Hi I'm Jonathan Brock from Georgetown, Massachusetts! I am currently attending Unity College in Maine and will be a Senior when I return this Fall. I am currently studying Wildlife and Fisheries Management with a focus on the fisheries aspect of the major. I enjoy hiking, fishing, and I am an avid rock climber. I plan on becoming a fisheries biologist after graduation.
You can call me Nathan or Nate, it's your preference. I'm a born and bread Hoosier having grown up in central Indiana. I just graduated with a bachelor's degree in Biology with a concentration in Wildlife Biology and Conservation and a minor in Natural Resources from Ball State University-also in Indiana. I have an interest in forest ecology and wildlife management-especially with large mammals. I've always had a love for the outdoors. Since I was 5 years old I've known that I was going to work with animals and the outdoors in some way and I consider myself blessed that this has evolved into my life-long passion. My number one rule: if it moves, catch it. If it doesn't move, still catch it. Outside of the outdoors I am a music fanatic and you can usually find myself singing or playing something as I play an assortment of instruments.
My name is Riley Harris and I am originally from South Brunswick, New Jersey. I am currently a first-year at Bowdoin College in Maine, working towards majors in Environmental Studies and History. I have always been a lover of the outdoors, and I especially enjoy hiking, preferably with an adorable pitbull named Frankie by my side. I'm incredibly excited to work with the Squam Lakes Association this summer, as I hope to gain an appreciation for the amount of time and effort needed to protect the delicate ecosystems that encompass the watershed. When I'm not worried about the environment I enjoy playing rugby, watching Netflix, and engaging in late-night conversations with close friends. I can't wait to spend the summer experiencing the sights and sounds of lovely New Hampshire!
My name is Stephen Ramage. I grew up in Fairfax, Virginia. I am a rising Junior studying Fish and Wildlife Conservation, and I am considering minoring in Watershed Management at Virginia Tech. I want to pursue a career improving the quality of natural and restored habitats while educating others on the value of maintaining a healthy environment. I see myself working as a Wildlife Refuge Manager, Wildlife Technician, or Park Ranger. Ultimately, I want to serve the community by securing natural resources for future generations. Most of my free time is spent running in the Jefferson Forest, biking, swimming, gardening, playing with Riley (family’s dog), and eating large quantities of food. I am a member of VT Trail Running/Ultramarathon Club and the American Water Resources Association at Virginia Tech (Water Club). I am also part of a community stream monitoring program that monitors upstream and downstream of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline crossing sites on Mill Creek and North Fork of the Roanoke River. Other interests of mine include cooking, playing Jenga, and creating the ugliest Easter egg. I am very excited to meet the other interns and begin working at Squam Lakes.
Hey there! My name is Tamara Few. I was born and raised in Burnsville, Minnesota which is a suburb of the Twin Cities. I attended a community college for three years and received an Associates of Art degree before transferring to the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in the fall of 2016. I am a rising senior pursuing a major in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology with an emphasis in Conservation Biology. I have been working in a local school district for the last three years with students ranging from 7th to 12th grade, but I am really excited to explore environmental education with young adults in my future. In my free time, you can find me with my nose in a book or outside doing anything from gardening to camping with friends. I have never visited the northeast before, so I am pumped to be able to live and learn in a new region of the county!
Katri, Intern Manager
I grew up spending two weeks every summer on Squam. Every year I eagerly waited for those two weeks of bliss. Who knew that years later I would not only be living on Squam, but would also be working to conserve the lake for future generations. The most gratifying aspect of working for the SLA is meeting first-time visitors to the region. People are amazed by the beauty of the watershed and are genuinely interested in hearing about the conservation efforts taking place in the region. I can't wait to introduce Squam to the interns so that they may cultivate their own love for the region. For those interns who already know and love the region, I can't wait for them to experience the lake from a different perspective. There is much to be done and many tiring days ahead but all of the work is incredibly rewarding, especially when sharing the experience with others.
Katri was an intern in 2016, and returns to the SLA as the Conservation Intern Manager in 2017. She is from Arlington, VA and graduated from Colby College in May 2015 with a degree in the field of Government.