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Massachusetts Area Parks Student Career Intake Program Meet the Participants

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Omisi “Missy” Agbe-Rankhe

NPS

Omisi “Missy” Agbe-Rankhe
Student Conservation Association Intern
Dispatch Operations
Boston National Historical Park

My most memorable experience with the National Park Service would have to be my first year of Spindle City Corps, in the summer of 2009. I truly enjoyed being able to help preserve the maintenance of Lowell by cleaning it up, I feel as though I make a huge difference.

Missy, a Lowell High alumna, graduated from Bay Path College in 2014 with degrees in forensic science and criminal justice. She was a member of the soccer and softball teams at Baypath. She is interested in pursuing a degree in law enforcement. A member of the Lowell Spindle City Corps team from 2009 through 2012 Missy served as a team leader of the program jointly administered by the Lowell National Historical Park and Community Teamwork, Inc in 2012.

Missy is currently an intern with the Student Conservation Association serving at Boston National Historical Park working in their dispatch operations.
 
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Iliana Lopez

NPS

Iliana Lopez
Student Conservation Association Intern
Facility Management
Salem Maritime National Historic Site

"The SCIP program is a door that I am anxious to open. It will allow me to see the opportunities that are within the park service, give me more options for my future and help me make connections with people that may be able to assist me in constructing a plan that for the very near future."

Iliana is an artist and is a 2013 graduate of Lynn Classical High School. She has worked at Salem Maritime National Historic Site since 2009 first as a member of the F1RST JOBS program and then as part of the Future Leaders program. She is a member of the school Environmental Club where she helped endangered native turtle and fish species breed safely. She has planted trees in the area and participated in cleanups in Lynn.

Her most memorable experience with the National Park Service was removing the invasive species of plants on the shoreline of the Saugus River and the Iron works and then planting the native species of plants in the area. She enjoyed wearing high mud boots and getting her hands dirty while helping the area to flourish.


 
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Uriah Williams

NPS

Uriah Williams
Student Conservation Association Intern
Youth Program Leader
Frederick Law Olmsted NHS
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"This experience [working at Adams National Historical Park] is when I realized the true beauty and that working with plants is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life."

Uriah is a budding horticulturalist. She has worked for the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation as a member of the Branching Out Program where she cared for a formal garden at Adams National Historical Park and worked alongside horticulturalists who nurtured her passion for plants. Uriah is currently a freshman at Quincy College studying natural science. Upon graduation in 2015 she plans to attend the Stockbridge School of Agriculture to study horticulture.

Uriah attended the NPS Academy and led a group of five youth workers at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site during the summer of 2014. She is interested in leading youth programs and sharing her knowledge.
 
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Olf Leyinda Mouyaka

NPS

Olf Leyinda Mouyaka
Student Conservation Association Intern
Interpretation
Lowell National Historical Park

Olf is a 2013 graduate of Lowell High School and is a sophomore at Merrimack College. One of Olf’s greatest strengths is his willingness to learn. He has an easy manner and connects with people from all different backgrounds and adapts well in any environment.

Olf was a member of the Lowell Spindle City Corps in 2009-2011 and began working in the Interpretative Division at Lowell National Historical Park in 2012. He has an interest in serving the community and is exploring career opportunities with the National Park Service. Olf is a resident advisor and member of the intramural soccer team at Merrimack College.

 
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Resi Polixa

NPS

Resi Polixa
Park Ranger Interpretation
Career Conditional Appointment
Lowell National Historical Park
"My most memorable experience with the National Park Service is working with the YCC… it's what exposed me to work and different careers in the NPS. I did mostly maintenance work that summer and occasionally I worked with the curators at Thomas Edison and at Morristown NHP nearby, helping to catalogue artifacts. Then the next summer I did interpretation and that was it–I was hooked.

Resi is the most recent SCIP intern to be converted to a permanent position in the National Park Service. She is an Interpretive Park Ranger at Lowell National Historical Park. She received her Master of Public Humanities degree from Brown University in 2014. A native of West Orange, New Jersey Resi began her National Park Service career in 2007 with the Youth Conservation Corps at Edison National Historical Park. She then worked in interpretation for two summers before arriving on the front line at Lowell in 2010.

 
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Andrew Savage

NPS

Andrew Savage
Park Guide
Pathways Intern
Boston National Historical Park
"My most memorable experience with the National Park Service came as a visitor to Yosemite National Park last fall. It was my first time visiting a park site off duty and I was able to get a completely new appreciation for the work the NPS does. Going as a visitor looking at the beautiful scenery with my family taught me the importance of the park sites themselves and the value of the work done to preserve them."

A resident of Boston, Andrew is studying history at Salem State University. He spent the 2013-2014 school year studying abroad in Peru. Andrew worked for two summers with the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation Branching Out Program as aField Team Member and the Field Team Historian. Team members completed landscape maintenance projects in ten National Park Sites spanning three states. As the historian he prepared and completed presentations discussing both the historical and ecological significance of different National Park Sites. Andrew is also comfortable with machinery such as bobcats, brush chippers and multiple arborist climbing systems.

Andrew enjoys being part of a team and working with people. He enjoys playing basketball and snowboarding. Andrew teaches snowboarding for Youth Enrichment Services since 2006. Andrew works in the Interpretive District at Boston National Historical Park and enjoys working at the visitor center, exploring career opportunities and sharing his knowledge with visitors.
 
Rich Hansen

Rich Hansen

Richard Hansen
Electrical Worker
Lowell National Historical Park

"It was a good feeling to bring some of the newest technology to a building that previously used some of the oldest technology. I found that to be pretty cool. I also worked under the supervision of a very knowledgeable master electrician who was very willing to teach me the trade."

Fluent in both English and Spanish Rich earned his degree in Energy Management at Mount Wachusett Community College in January 2013. He is working to become a licensed electrician. Rich is an electrical worker at Lowell National Historical Park helping with some exciting green energy projects such as the installation of wind turbines at the maintenance facility.

Rich first worked at the park as part of the Greater Lowell Regional Vocational Technical High School Electrical Co-op Program. He spent the past two summer seasons working in the Maintenance Division. Rich helped to install the solar electric system at the Boott Cotton Mills facility.

 
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Alycia Chuney

NPS

Alycia Chuney
Lowell National Historical Park
Student Conservation Association Intern
Spindle City Corps Program Assistant

Alycia has considerable experience working with youth in the conservation field. She developed and implemented an advanced curriculum for young adults interested in leadership positions with Detroit City Parks. She expects to receive her masters of arts in Urban Sustainability in October 2014. Alycia has a degree in Zoology from Michigan State University.

In Lowell, Alycia worked with the Lowell Spindle City Corps adapting seamlessly with the partnership and park staff to plan and attend events. As a member of the multi-park youth summit planning team she was a critical link in preparing the SCC members for active participation in the event. Alycia also attended the NPS Academy.
 
Sarah Martin

Sarah Martin

Sarah Martin
Visitor Use Assistant
Pathways Intern

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

"SCIP has definitely been one of the best experiences of my life. The NPS creates the ultimate learning playground. As a ranger you get to explore and discover so many interesting pieces of history, but the best part is then teaching that history to the visitor and knowing you were a part of their learning experience."

Sarah expects to graduate from Bridgewater State University in December 2014 with a degree in sociology and history.

Sarah worked at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park where she was involved in various projects including creating waysides, conducting walking tours, as well as working with various school groups and summer programs.

She is the first SCIP intern to hit the road and work at two additional national parks. In 2014, Sarah was an SCA Intern mentor for the George Perkins Marsh interns at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. Sarah was also a seasonal employee at Valley Forge National Historical Park in 2011. Sarah led tours dressed in period clothing and participated in a soldier program where shot black powder.

 
Saoran Roeuth

Saoran Roeuth

Saoran Roeuth
Administrative Support Assistant
Career Appointment

Lowell National Historical Park

"I’ve always wanted to work in the Park Service. SCIP reinforced it – definitely. This program works – I’m proof of that. I am the result of this program. You cango from a youth program to permanent employee in the National Park Service."

Saoran is the first SCIP intern to become a permanent employee in the National Park Service. Saoran works in administration as part of the Business Center at Lowell.

A graduate of Lowell High School, the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and Middlesex Community College she is fluent in Khmer and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for excellence in business studies. Saoran has worked with Lowell National Historical Park in the unique position as a GS-025-01 park aide. Hired in 2007 she was one of the first students hired in this position not only to gain experience working at park sites, but to conduct boat tours and play traditional Cambodian games at the annual Southeast Asian Water Festival. A natural leader, Saoran served as a youth facilitator for the UMass Lowell Center for Family, Work and Community River Ambassador Program from 2005 through 2007. Working with 15 Lowell High youths interested in educating the community about the environment, Saoran assisted the program coordinator, planned and conducted weekly meetings, and organized trips and activities.

Did You Know?

Factory Bell, Lowell, MA

The factory bells dominated daily life in Lowell. They woke the workers at 4:30 a.m., called them into the mill at 4:50, rang them out for breakfast and back in, out and in for dinner, out again at 7 p.m. at the day's close. The whole city, it seemed, moved together and did the mills' bidding.