Massachusetts Area Parks Student Career Intake Program Meet the Participants
Omisi “Missy” Agbe-Rankhe. Student Conservation Association Visitor and Resources Protection Lowell National Historical Park
Missy is a 2010 graduate of Lowell High and is currently a sophomore at Bay Path College in Longmeadow. She studying forensic science and criminal justice.
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. Iliana serves her community and enjoys the company of others by volunteering at My Brothers Table, and at the Phillips Manor nursing home.
By spending two days a week in the Harbor Islands and the other three traveling to other Parks, I would be able to glimpse into all sorts of career opportunities with the NPS and see which ones most intrigue me. This would help me zone in on what specifically I would love to do professionally after graduation.
Angela is a sophomore at Northeastern University working towards her Bachelor of Science degree Environmental Science with a minor in writing. She is a member of the Husky Environmental Action Team (HEAT) connecting student organizations with the faculty and administration via HEAT’s Social Media sites with Facebook, Twitter, and the HEAT website. She volunteered with Peace Through Play constructing lessons based on peacemaking and cooperativeness for inner city schoolchildren. She speaks Portuguese and participated in the Teletandem Language Program Teaching English to native Brazilians. Angela was also a volunteer coordinator for the WBZ News Boston Marathon Spotter’s Network managing a team of 30+ student volunteers for the 2010 and 2011 Boston Marathons.
I see myself inspiring people to do better, being there for them, telling them about my experience and being able to create options for others at any level of their life that will empower and champion them to succeed and contribute to the community or to the world that they value the most.
Olf is a 2013 graduate of Lowell High School and expects to attend Middlesex Community College this Fall. Olf is a native French speaker and when he arrived in Lowell in 2009 he faced many challenges while learning to speak English. Olf is open about his experiences with the Lowell National Historical Park and Community Teamwork, Inc. Lowell Spindle City Corps and is a ready program ambassador as he readily shares his experiences. 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 adapting well in any environment. Olf was a member of the Lowell Spindle City Corps in 2009-2011 and he worked with the Division of Interpretation 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.
Resi Polixa: Park Ranger Interpretation (SCEP) 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 currently volunteers with the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative an ESL-Citizenship class. The experience is helping her explore methods to interpret history to potential audiences of immigrants or visitors from different countries.
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.
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.
… I look forward to becoming a part of the Park Service so that I can incorporate the experience into my career goals: to support and preserve the legacy of America.
Kimberley just earned her degrees in history and psychology from Boston University. She graduated from West Morris Central High School in Chester, New Jersey in 2009. Kim loves to learn about American history and has made family trips to several urban national parks including Boston National Historical Park, Independence National Historical Park and the National Mall. She enjoys to sharing her passion for history with our visitors. Kim’s career goals include pursuing a Ph.D. in history and using her skills to preserve historical sites and tell stories of heritage.
Since her junior of high school, Kim has participated in the American Cancer Societies’ Relay for Life raising money for her team and serving on the Survivorship Committee. She helped organize the survivor dinner which involved getting food donations from local restaurants as well as sending out invitations to local survivors. She is also a founding member of a new service sorority at Boston University, Omega Phi Alpha, that serves the Boston University community, as well as the Boston area by participating in various community service projects throughout the year.
Sarah Martin: GS-090-03 Park Guide 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 is a junior at Bridgewater State University where she a resident advisor studying sociology and history. She aspires to study sociology at University of Limerick this coming Fall.
She is the first SCIP intern to hit the road and work at another national park. Sarah was 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 muskets.
Rubby Wuabu GS-0303-05 Visitor Use Assistant SCEP Conversion Lowell National Historical Park
Saoran Roeuth GS-0303-06 Career Appointment, Administrative Support Assistant 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 can go 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.
ShuMing just completed her first year at Smith College.She is a scientist at heart interested in botany and biology. As a Groundwork USA intern ShuMing managed the garden at the Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Histor Site as part of a team weeding, watering, edging, and planting irises and honey suckle. ShuMing's responsibilities included maintaining 'natural' Olmsted designs. She assisted with projects in other national parks sites including removing invasive plants in New York City's Governors Island National Monument and in the meadow of the Frederic Law Olmsted National Historic Site.
Victor "Manny" Cruz: Park Guide GS-0090-04 Salem Maritime National Historic Site
This experience was so liberating, and the America's Great Outdoors initiative has forever changed my life. Never in my life had I imagined that I would sail on a tall ship to New York. I formed bonds that I never thought would exist. It is an adventure I will always share with others, and I hope that someday I get to see more youth being able to do this. I commend my fellow Scippers for their courage, and the crew for their patience. As for myself, I give myself a pat on the back, for showing I had the resolve to push beyond my own limits. I hope when you read this, you know that adventure, tradition and history are very much alive in the 21st century and that America is still beautiful. Hip hip Huzzah!
Did You Know?
The Boyden Observatory of Bloemfontein, South Africa owes its existence to Uriah Boyden who left over $200,000 at his death in 1879. Mr. Boyden, an inventor, patented an outward flow turbine. He sold it to the Appleton Mills in Lowell, MA where he worked, home of Lowell National Historical Park.