30 May A Quick Hello from Valley Forge
Hey there folks! My name is Jesse Attias and I’m a recent graduate of the University of Vermont. I wrapped up an environmental science degree (biology focus) alongside a minor in philosophy. Raised in New York, with a deep appreciation and affection for all things nature, I knew from the get-go that I would, at the very least, be working in the environmental science field as a way to repay the natural world. Throughout school, I whittled and sharpened this intent down to a focus in biology, and then ultimately, wildlife conservation—what I consider to be a more immersive and direct means of conserving biodiversity and the natural world. In the past few years, I’ve worked at a wolf preserve, spent time monitoring and inventorying marsh vegetation, and used radio telemetry tracking procedures to aid an ongoing moose study in Vermont.
So, it is fitting that I will soon be frolicking in meadows and slogging in streams as a natural resource conservation assistant in Valley Forge National Park. Perhaps more accurately, I will be working to mitigate the spread of invasive plants and animals using integrated pest management techniques. Along with other park conservation efforts, I will be compiling and processing data via several databases. I couldn’t be more excited to see how we bridge the gap between field work in the meadows and streams of Valley Forge, and transferring our findings to the online and computer realm. Pictures and videos to come!