Meet Karli! She is one of four Cultural Landscape Apprentices at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Karli works alongside National Park Service staff to learn important job skills and address deferred maintenance projects such as grounds and acequia preservation, irrigation system management, landscape bed rehabilitation, and associated tasks during their time at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. She is one of four apprentices who make up the 2021 Cultural Landscape Apprentice team. The Cultural Landscape Apprentice Program is specifically designed to engage local Latinx young adults ages 18-28 who are interested in developing career skills in preservation of cultural resources. The program is made possible in partnership with Mission Heritage Partners, National Park Foundation, and Texas Conservation Corps (American YouthWorks.)
Where did you go to school?I’m an alumna of UTSA – University of Texas in San Antonio.
What is your favorite part of the apprenticeship so far?So far, working outside has been a great change of pace. My second favorite part of the apprenticeship has been the people. Our crew is great to be around. We’ve worked on outdoor projects together like pruning around every mission, replacing bollards, and mowing already in the first month of the apprenticeship.
What is your best memory in a national park?
When I was a kid, we used to come here to Texas from California every summer because my grandfather lives here. It was always summer and it was always HOT. My grandfather would say, “I’ve already seen the missions. You all go explore.” He would sit on a bench and send us loose to visit the park.
What is one thing you hope to learn in this apprenticeship?In this apprenticeship, I hope to learn my potential and learn what I'm capable of doing out here. At first, I thought that I might be limited in what I could physically do. Then, I realized that I can do this. It's amazing, realizing that you can do things and doing them with confidence.
What are your future career goals?
I’m applying for grad school now, so that I can start in Fall 2021. I want to get my Masters Degree in Public Policy. I minored in Public Policy at UTSA, and I realized that I want to use public policy to make an impact through policy and law. Environmental policy is interesting to me.