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 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.
Katie credits Minnesota GreenCorps with her professional trajectory. “My undergrad degree was in soil and water engineering,” she explained, “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.
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."
Mark spent his Minnesota GreenCorps year in 2014-15 serving with the city of Saint Paul, where he helped implement sustainable transportation policies.
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.
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 James Lafayette discovered through his GreenCorps service, having expert knowledge of a subject is one thing. Being able to explain it effectively to non-experts is quite another.
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.