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Around the County in 120 Hours

Posing with Lt. Governor Wyman and NRCS State Conservationist CoverdaleWhen high school student Jackie Goodwin contacted NRCS to do her senior year work study, she had no idea what was in store for her. On her very first day, after introductions to NRCS and District staffs, she was whisked off to the beach with the Emergency Watershed Protection Eligibility Team to look at storm damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

During her whirlwind 4-week internship, Jackie assisted planners with installing conservation practices and CNMP field measurements; engineers with surveying, construction inspection, and EWP site reviews; public affairs with photo documentation of conservation measures, and the Conservation District with June nitrate testing. In between, she assisted with filing and copying and helping out wherever needed. On her last day, Jackie met and posed for a photo with, Connecticut STC Lisa Coverdale and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman at an event hosted by the Federal Women’s Program Manager.

"I never felt like just a high school volunteer when I worked with NRCS in Hamden”, said Goodwin. “Everybody treated me like a fellow employee and trusted me to do work that I thought I wouldn't learn until college. Learning things like how to assess a project in the field, working with GIS, and assembling customer files all helped me focus on finding out what I want to study in college. I will never be thankful enough for what I learned as an Earth Team Volunteer." 

And the staff in the Hamden office are thankful for all her contributions and team spirit. “In the short time she was here, Jackie made a substantial contribution to our office and to our customers”, said District Conservationist, Diane Blais. “She is an intelligent and enthusiastic young lady, who has a very bright future ahead of her.”   

Jackie graduated in June and will be working with the Southwest Conservation District as a paid intern for the summer.  In the fall she will be heading off to college to study environmental science.  We wish her all the best!