Rick Ellsmore, NRCS NH State Conservationist, Jade Nield, State Engineer, and Ian Rodgers, Management and Program Analyst, met with students at the UNH first annual "Careers with Impact Job and Internship Fair" on Thursday April 4th, 2013. The Career Fair hosted over 20 New England organizations that focus on environmental and social responsibility. These values are known as “Triple Bottom Line” principles: profit, people and planet. Hundreds of students attended the event in hopes of not only obtaining a job or internship, but one with meaning and impact.
About 35-40 students stopped by NRCS’s informational table. Majors varied from Communications, to Environmental Science, to Business Studies. People were open and receptive to learn about the work NRCS and the Student Conservation Association (SCA) does despite the financial climate and lack of current opportunities in New Hampshire. Being a UNH alum and a former SCA/NRCS intern, Ian Rodgers could relate to the students and provide guidance to help them start their career paths. Rick Ellsmore is also a father of a UNH Sophmore. Mr. Ellsmore said "it's so important to reach out to today's youth and show them that there are meaningful jobs in the public sector with a focus on Agriculture and Forestry."