Intern Journal: Connor, Intern Manager

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, help preserve loon populations on Squam, 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. Learn more about the internship program here.

April 22, 2016

I’m excited to continue working on Squam this summer as the Conservation Intern Manager! We’re only about a month away from the start of the internship, and I’m basically counting down the days until the interns arrive and the summer work begins. I’ve remained at the SLA since the end of last summer, and after a brief winter involving little plowing and snow removal, I’m excited to get back into the regular swing of things. The boats are in the water, and everything’s pretty much ready to go. There’s so much that I’m excited about doing again this summer, which is strange because most of the activities involve long hours of hard work. But all that work goes a long ways when you’re contributing to protecting the beauty around this place. I’m excited to share my experiences with the other interns, and I’m looking forward to see how they’ll engage in this environment.

Connor was an intern in 2015, and returns to the SLA as the Conservation Intern Manager in 2016. He is from Sioux City, IA and graduated from Saint John's University in May 2015 with a degree in Biology. 

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