In This Issue:
- SNEC’s 75th Anniversary
- Conservation Community Memberships
- SWCS Free Book Download
- Member Spotlight
- Upcoming Events
- Job Opportunities
1. SNEC’s 75th Anniversary
2021 marks the Southern New England Chapter’s 75th Anniversary! The SNEC became a Charter Chapter on December 8, 1946 by a vote of the Soil Conservation Society of America (now SWCS) at their Council Meeting in Chicago, IL.
We’re so grateful to our members and community at large for helping us reach this exciting moment! To celebrate, we’re working hard on our 2021 Outreach Program to expand our presence and become a reliable professional tool for the conservation community.
3. New Book from SWCS
SWCS just released “Soil and Water Conservation: A Celebration of 75 Years.” This is a new publication in which conservationists reflect on progress made and what the future of conservation holds.
Decades of published research and in-field experience are distilled into informative chapters that provide perspective on the complex relationships between land managers and the environment in the face of current challenges, such as a changing climate, shrinking water resources, a growing global population, and shifting land uses.
A free PDF copy is now available to download here.
4. January 2021 Member Spotlight – Carol Grasis
We’re focusing on one of our SNEC community members in each newsletter! Want to be featured? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
Name: Carol Grasis
Occupation: Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, CT NRCS
Position on SNEC Board: Vice President
Number of years in SNEC: 26
Alma Mater: University of Connecticut
What is your favorite part of volunteering on the Board of Directors?
I enjoy working with people who share similar conservation values but come from a variety of backgrounds like education, private business, conservation districts and local government.
What led you to this place in your career?
I went back to school in 1992 to finish a degree in Natural Resources Management. My eldest daughter was a year old, and I realized that I had no real plan to support her or myself. My first job after graduating was as a short-term, cartographic technician working with the CT soil survey program. They hired me because of my neat handwriting, and in spite of my horrible business suit. After a couple of years, I was able to apply for a permanent position as a Soil Conservationist. I have slowly worked my way up through grades to a point where I was at the State Office working as the program manager for financial assistance programs. I had that job for 10 years. My current position at CT NRCS is the natural culmination of my job series. I enjoy supervising field level employees and interacting with partners from other agencies and NGO’s. It’s a very demanding, and highly rewarding job and I am proud to be a Conservationist.
Who has been the most influential person in your career?
My husband has always had my back. Rob is the kind of guy that everyone wants around because he is reliable and kind and supportive.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement to date?
As much as I love my job, raising a family is what I am most proud of. My husband and I have 4 children (two of his, two of mine). Although their achievements are all their own – I love that I get to sit back and watch their stories unfold.
What’s something about you that most people don’t know?
I was a hippy in college.
What advice would you give to someone just starting a career in conservation?
Love what you do. It’s not going to be the most lucrative career – but you will go to sleep each night knowing that you made a difference in the future of our world. Wow – that was sappy.
How has being a SNEC member influenced your career?
I have travelled to several annual meetings and met people from across the country and around the world. I’ve gained experience organizing events from short meetings to multi-day conferences, and I’ve learned that although I don’t like public speaking, it hasn’t killed me. These experiences, along with the group leadership skills I’ve accumulated from being involved with the board are definitely things that I’ve put on my resume and have helped me to move up in my career.
5. Upcoming Events:
NEEEA Webinar 2021
Decolonizing: Placing Indigenous Peoples in the Conversation
Tuesday February 9th, 4-6pm
Join Claudia Fox Tree and Debby Irving for a live conversation as they explore how U.S. narratives have shaped their understanding of themselves, one another, and the complex world we live in.
MEES 2021 Conference
March 10th-13th, 2021
This year, the 31st MEES Conference will be a four-day virtual event. During this event you will have access to over 30 workshops and several keynote speeches, the ability to connect with peers through networking events, and a chance to visit exhibit booths to speak with vendors at the virtual expo.
6. Job Opportunities:
MA Department of Environmental Protection is currently offering several student internships in areas such as environmental justice, wetlands, and watershed planning program!
You can apply for positions by logging into MassCareers.
NRCS Position Announcement:
Learn more and apply through USA JOBS.
Position: President & Executive Director
The National Marine Life Center, a non-profit marine animal hospital and science and education center in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, seeks a mission-driven and experienced nonprofit business leader skilled in successfully executing strategic plans and empowering a high performing team.
This full-time position is for immediate hire and reports to the Board of Trustees. This impactful leadership position is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, fundraising, and strategic plan of the organization.