GEM Corps would like to welcome the newest member to our team! Allie Shedleski is our new AmeriCorps New Mexico AML Team Leader. Allie was born and raised in Maryland but has lived in Ohio, Utah, Washington, and now New Mexico! She has always enjoyed hiking and since moving out west she has taken up backpacking and rock climbing! Allie feels that STEM is essential because “it helps us understand and protect the world around us, from us”. She has a strong passion for nature and conservation. Allie is doing her part for our amazing planet and encouraging others to do the same. Welcome aboard, Allie!
How did you hear about this service opportunity?
Please provide a brief description highlighting your work/area of focus.
I am the NM Abandoned Mine Land Team Leader, the position title does most of the explaining. I will help map abandoned mine remnants on state and federal land in New Mexico.
What do you plan to accomplish during your service term with GEM?
I hope to expand as a scientist and gain field experience with GIS. Also, I hope to strengthen my leadership abilities.
What are your career goals?
As I move forward professionally, I would like to gain new and diverse experience in the conservation field. In hopes that it leads to a permanent position in the outdoors.
Do you plan to continue your education? If so, what programs or school are you looking into and what is the highest degree you plan to earn?
I have a Bachelor of Science in Geology. At this point in time, I don't have plans to return to school.
Have you had any other internship or service opportunities before this? If so, how do you believe internships have benefited you so far?
I worked with AmeriCorps for the American Conservation Experience. It was a lot of fun and challenged me physically and mentally in a lot of ways. It definitely helped me acquire professional skills that directly led to me getting a job as a Wildland Firefighter and to me securing this job as well.
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