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 Hi, I'm Alison! Although born and raised in Washington DC, I picked up and moved to the ‘other’ Washington to attend Seattle University where I graduated in 2011. I completed my degree with a double major in English Literature and Environmental Studies and after a year away, I am thrilled to be back in my favorite city! Last year was filled with adventures and travels around the U.S. and world, but it feels great to be back in Seattle and working for a wonderful cause.

I decided to apply for an AmeriCorps position for additional career experience and for the generous scholarship AmeriCorps provides towards education. I knew I wanted an environmental-based AmeriCorps position, and after scouring the AmeriCorps online jobs board, Seattle Audubon was a clear choice. This position combines my desire to gain more experience with an already solid background in Northwest environmental issues and causes.
At Audubon I’m serving as a Conservation Outreach Assistant—facilitating the development of a ‘tree wiki’, or interactive urban tree database. The project has launched in several cities already and I am very excited to be a part of the local version.  I chose to work at Seattle Audubon because of a commitment to environmental stewardship and interest in pursuing an environmental career and graduate studies. With no previous birding experience, I’m looking forward to learning more about birds during my time at Audubon. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, biking, roller blading, exploring Seattle, and road trips. This year I hope to explore a lot more of the region (especially natural areas I didn’t get a chance to see while in school) like Orcas Island and North Cascade National Park!

 
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Hi, I’m Jordan! I am from Memphis, Tennessee, where I attended the University of Memphis. I earned a B.S. degree in Biology and a minored in chemistry and sociology.  
My decision to become an AmeriCorps Member was because of an interaction I had while volunteering in Memphis.  I met an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps member who told me about the program. Instantly, I was hooked! I could not get her to tell me enough about her experience. Her most memorable words were, "It has definitely made me a stronger person." In my head, I screamed, "I want that!"  As soon as I got home, I researched AmeriCorps. In her description, she had done the program justice, but my conception of it was not made full until I visited the website. I was absolutely amazed! As I read through the blog headlines and the about sections, it was as though someone was describing my interests. I wanted to get involved as soon as possible. Luckily, there was an “I’m ready to serve!” button on the page. I hope that I can one day spread the word about AmeriCorps through my very own experience.
I began searching for programs on the AmeriCorps website with a health filter because of my interest in the field of public health. After making note of potential programs, I expanded my search to education. I reasoned that if I was going to teach others about health, I would benefit from more education experience. My list of potentials was beginning to turn into its own database of programs. In an attempt to condense my list, I grabbed a cup of coffee and embarked on a long night of researching. Seattle Audubon‘s website made it easy to determine who they are and what they do. When choosing a place to work, I strongly believe that it’s not only important that you believe in an organization’s mission, but that you also consider how you can contribute. At the time, I was working in a research laboratory that had a focus on conservation. With my degree in biology and interest in gaining more education experience, I matched Seattle Audubon’s three departments – Education, Conservation, and Science. It’s typical of most organizations to focus on one area, but Seattle Audubon takes on all three! Seattle Audubon easily made its way to the top of my list. I knew I would be lucky to become a part of such an inspiring team – and I am!
During my service term, I am excited to assist with the Finding Urban Nature program. It is a personal conviction that if begin teaching youth about how to care for the environment, they are more likely to carry these skills with them throughout their lives. From personal experience, I am a strong believer that if difficult subjects such as science is delivered in a more creative manner, students are more apt to learn and retain information. I am also excited to be at Seattle Audubon during their development process for Carkeek Park. It has already been a wonderful learning experience to witness all the hard work that has gone into even pursuing programing at this facility. I am thrilled for the great things that I know are to come!

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