Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) is delighted to announce that beginning in September we will increase our staff of conservation advocates to nine, adding a new Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer for a one-year internship. The Chesapeake Conservation Corps program is designed to engage young adults (18 – 25 years old) in environmental and energy conservation projects, accomplishing bay restoration and developing valuable career skills at the same time.
MRC participated as a host in the program last year for two Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteers, Tim Rosen and Elle O’Brien, both of whom will be staying on as full-time MRC employees. With such great success in the program, MRC will host Suzanne Sullivan this year!
Suzanne graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a major in Biology. With a background in both environmental restoration work and environmental education, she will make a perfect fit with the MRC team! The Chesapeake Conservation Corps program is funded by a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Suzanne selected MRC as her first choice out of seventy competing non-profit programs. In her own words, she explains why:
I am thrilled to be joining MRC this year as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps fellow. Having grown up on the Boston waterfront, I understand the environmental and cultural impact a major waterway can have on a community. While studying Biology at UMass Amherst, the Chesapeake Bay was often used as an example of a regional and national resource. I am very excited for the opportunity to move to Maryland and work towards the conservation of one of the nation’s largest watersheds. I chose to work with the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy because of their unique combination of restoration, education, and their partnerships with local landowners and legislature. I have always been passionate about the environment and I cannot wait to begin a career in conservation.
Suzanne is an enthusiastic, committed individual who will add a new dimension to MRC. She will contribute to our broadening programs as we work to protect and restore our rivers at all levels. As a community, please welcome Suzanne Sullivan to Easton and our mission!