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Jess Wikle

Jess Wikle

Forester's Assistant (2012)

I had the opportunity to work on a number of different projects during my time at GMF. These included creating an interpretive trail, organizing educational programs, helping to carry out research projects in the forest, marking a timber sale, creating wildlife habitat, as well as a wide variety of maintenance projects around the forest and shop. The best part of these projects was the support from Jody and Russell. I was able to take control and ownership of these projects while still having a support network and the ability to ask any question and know that I would get a helpful answer. This support gave me confidence in my skills to take forward into my next job.

I was very lucky to work for people who not only care greatly about the forest, but also about the future of the interns. Jody is very invested in making sure that the summer crew not only has a great learning experience, but also can use connections and skills from the job to get out into the real world and find their way. When I first met with him about the summer position, I had been out of college for two years and struggling to find a job in the field. He told me that by the end of my experience at Great Mountain, I would be connected with enough people to find a full time job, and sure enough, before my time there was up, I was offered a job with Connwood Foresters. Although I was happy to find a job, it was hard to leave Great Mountain because it is such a wonderful place to be.

Update: After working at Connwood, Jess applied and was accepted at Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree there.

Jess Wikle
Student at Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

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