Aquatic Invasive Species Technician at Wyoming Game and Fish Department in Alpine, WY, USA
For my first co-op term, I worked with the Wyoming Department of Game and Fish as an Aquatic Invasive Species Technician. In this position, I inspected boats and interviewed boaters in order to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Species like zebra and quagga mussels are incredibly harmful to ecosystems and infrastructure, so it is incredibly important to limit their spread. I worked to prevent these species from entering Wyoming and to educate the public about the importance of preventing the transport of aquatic invasive species. I learned how to collect and enter data, interact with the public, and decontaminate boats that may contain invasive species. The co-op program has given me the wonderful opportunity to do meaningful work in ecosystems I deeply care about. I have learned and grown greatly throughout this work term, and I am grateful for the support of the co-op program.