Student Intern Spotlights | Summer 2016
Cedric Williams is a native of Beatrice, AL, a small town located in North Monroe County. He is an alumni of J. F. Shields High School. In December 2013, Cedric earned his B.S. degree in Agribusiness Management with a minor in Geographical Information Systems from Alabama A&M University (AAMU). He is currently pursuing a M.S. degree in Environmental Sciences and plans to graduate with his graduate degree on July 31, 2016.
Williams completed a thesis (The Influence of Agricultural Practices on Water Quality in Limestone Watershed, AL) while pursuing his Master’s Degree. Chapters of his thesis will be made for publication later this year in scholarly journals.
Williams is a diligent scholar and has received distinction for Dean's List and Honor Roll. In addition to his academic pursuits, Cedric participated on Alabama A&M University's football program during all four years of undergrad.
Currently, Williams works on NRCS Alabama's North Team as a Pathways student intern in Scottsboro/Guntersville, AL. He assists staff with survey, design, implementation and checkout of conservation practices as well as mapping and making of conservation plans.
Daniel Williams is a student at Auburn University. Williams is a senior studying agronomy and soils. He plans to graduate this December. Williams is interning in our USDA-NRCS Field Office in Gadsden, Alabama this summer. He is learning to assist with certification and payment on practices, survey and layout of a 28 acre irrigation pond, HEL determination, and developing and implementing conservation plans.
In his free time, Williams enjoys hunting, hiking, water skiing, working on his family’s 140 acre farm, serving as a member of Auburn University’s Ducks Unlimited committee, participating in the Civic Men’s softball league in Boaz, AL, and serving as a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Sardis City, AL.
Randi Butler is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. She attends the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, where she is currently pursuing her Master’s degree and specializing in Hydrology. She will gradate with a Masters of Natural Resources in this coming fall. Randi received her Bachelors of Science degree in 2012 from Columbus State University in Columbus, GA. Her major was Geology. She has been interning with NRCS since the summer of 2014. During those summers, Randi has been placed in several field offices located in Cuthbert, Georgia with District Conservationist Karen Reese, Tuskegee, AL with District Conservationist Chris Joe, and now Huntsville, AL with District Conservationist Joyce Lane.
While in the Huntsville Field Office, Randi has been learning how to classify Highly Erodible Lands, utilize the Toolkit software to collect and analyze data and map drawing, navigating through the nine steps of Conservation Planning, accompany field office personnel in meeting with local landowners to conduct field visits for planning and evaluation, and attended multiple workshops/conferences. She recently attended training for new employees and pathway interns in Madison and Morgan Counties, which included information on grazing, surveying, conservation planning, drainage areas, soil testing, and nutrient management.
Randi's hobbies include hiking, nature walks, playing with her dog Dexter, reading, traveling and visiting friends. Randi says, “I really enjoy the NRCS. This is my 3rd summer working and every time I learn something new and experience things that I never would have outside of this internship. I really enjoy working with the NRCS and I plan on continuing to do so upon graduation in December.”
The Loxley Soil Survey Office (SSO) would like to welcome and introduce Ray (Trey) Allen Reich as a Pathways Student and a School of Geosciences intern for the summer of 2016.
Trey is a senior from the University of Lafayette at Louisiana with a major in Geosciences / Soil and Water Conservation and he enjoys volunteering, visiting state parks, and reading.
During this summer, Trey will be gaining experience at the Loxley SSO with NASIS Database entries, Soil Survey Update Mapping, Soil Classification/Correlation, Soil Investigations/Field Data, Soil Map Digitizing, and Soil Survey Applications.
Also, as his major indicates, he will hope to gain additional experience with the Field Office Staff assisting with site visits and application of conservation practices.
Trey's past experience with NRCS has been with the Denham Springs Soil Survey Office in the summer of 2014 as a Pathways Student.
This summer, the Cullman Soil and Water Conservation District is pleased to have Tomeesa Shedd as an intern. Tomeesa is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy and Soils at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.
“When I first started Auburn I was pursuing an Agricultural Economics degree, but I soon realized that business was not for me. I decided to change my major to Agronomy and Soils. I knew that this was the path I wanted to follow because I wanted to be more hands-on with crops and be outdoors more rather than confined to a desk and office”, said Tomeesa Shedd.
As an intern, Tomeesa will assist in 319 Project development and delivery, education programs development and delivery, public relations, administrative/office duties, networking, assist NRCS/CCCD in field work for conservation BMPs, and other duties as determined.
Tomeesa grew up on a Cullman County row crop farm. For the past three years, she has helped her dad by running errands, cleaning, moving and running the equipment. She helps run the tractors used for planting and spraying and running the module builder when it’s time to gather cotton. Her other responsibility was to keep check on 200 stocker steers.
"My job is to feed them and make sure the steers are not wandering outside of the fence. By doing these various jobs, I have learned that every day is different and always expect the unexpected!"