Intern Spotlight - January 2018

Emily Goetz, a Pennsylvania native and Middlebury College (VT) graduate, was a Conservation/Education Intern with the BHI Conservancy in spring 2017.  

She returned that summer as the Intern Coordinator and is presently an AmeriCorps Member working at the BHI Conservancy as the Community Outreach and Stewardship Coordinator.  She will be in this position through June 2018.  

Goetz was one of the main organizers of the wildly successful field trips that took place in fall 2017 where all Brunswick County 6th Graders visited BHI to learn about barrier islands.  She also organized the Volunteer Appreciation Shrimp Boil in November for the 2017 Conservancy volunteers.

"When I was an intern, one of my favorite new experiences was working with student groups visiting the island," shared Goetz.  "I was really excited to come back as an AmeriCorps member and focus on more field trips, including the Barrier Island Botanists."

She is also part of the team planning a different trip this spring for more Brunswick County 6th graders to visit BHI.  We are happy Emily stayed on to work with us.  Her work ethic, positive attitude, calm demeanor, and great fresh ideas are a crucial part of our team.  

"I love living here [on BHI] and showing the island to people who have never seen it before," Goetz added.

After her AmeriCorps term is over, Goetz plans on pursuing a career in marine ecology and conservation.  She also plans to attend graduate school.

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