Members of Minnesota GreenCorps gain a great deal of experience through their service that helps them move forward in their careers. Here are a few stories of alumni that went on to work in the environmental field, along with encouragement for those that are considering service.
As a two-term member, Matt Rogotzke helped lead projects to improve energy efficiency serving with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. He has continued working on energy and environmental issues with the National Governors Association.
“I am using the skills and knowledge I developed as a Minnesota GreenCorps member every day at work, and I collaborate with many people who I first met during my term of service!” Mehjabeen currently works at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency as a Mobile Source Specialist.
“Minnesota GreenCorps gave me the means and connections to pursue career in environmental work.” Originally from New York, Giuseppe served with the state Environmental Quality Board, where he now works as a project coordinator.
“GreenCorps really helped me develop the communications skills I now use to explain the complex technological, structural and environmental differences between electric and gas-powered vehicles.”
Katie credits Minnesota GreenCorps with her professional trajectory. “My undergrad degree was in soil and water engineering, so Minnesota GreenCorps was my entry into the energy world." Building a network of contacts through her host site helped land a job with The Weidt Group.
As a GreenCorps member in 2011-12, Trevor's service focused on energy conservation in municipal buildings. His focus on energy has continued in his current career at Great Plains Institute, where he helps communities implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at the local level.
As Sustainability Program Manager at Fairview Health Services, Wesli Waters is responsible for managing the Fairview system green team along with projects related to energy efficiency, water conservation, healthy food systems, environmentally preferable purchasing, and more.
Grant writing, GIS work, flyer and spreadsheet design, presenting, planning, and fostering partnerships are just some of the tangible skills that Nick Voss gained from his Minnesota GreenCorps service.
Shawna spent two Minnesota GreenCorps service years in Duluth as an Urban Forestry member. She found that the skills and relationships gained through service are significant assets, and transferrable to any job.
Nancy Lo spent her service year with Hennepin County’s Department of Environmental Services, and is now a full-time employee with the county. "GreenCorps can be an invaluable foot in the door."
As a 2014-15 Minnesota GreenCorps member, Sarah educated students and the community about local water resources and conservation. The host site hired her to be project coordinator for the Race 2 Reduce educational water campaign.
Jothsna Harris is now the public engagement manager at Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, where she helps coordinate Climate Minnesota—Local Stories, Community Solutions, a statewide public education project.