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Forest Ranger Professionals Share Their Career Insights


Mount Si High School’s Horticulture and Environment Science classes had a special visit on October 29 from the Skykomish and Snoqualmie Ranger Districts of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.  Eight guest speakers talked about their careers, education and training, and some of their experiences on the job.  Students had the opportunity to learn first-hand and ask questions about careers in civil/environmental engineering, biology, wildlife management and fisheries, hydrology/watershed science, recreation management, fire prevention and management, and natural resource science.


Forest Service pros share their careers


Special thanks to the following guest speakers for sharing their career insights (listed alphabetically):

  • Kurt Aluzas - Wildlife Biologist, Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management
  • Ross Avichouser - (Fire) Prevention Technician/Captain, Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology (with certificate in Social Services/Mental Health)
  • Karen Chang - Fishery Biologist, Bachelor of Science in Biology, minor in Fish and Wildlife
  • Jennifer Ford - Hydrologist, Bachelor of Science in Watershed Science
  • Claribel Orellana - Civil Engineer/Project Engineer, Bachelor’s degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering
  • Hans Redinger - Fire Management Officer, Civil Engineering degree
  • Melissa Shelley - Environmental Coordinator, Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources, emphasis on Policy and Management
  • Alex Weinberg - Recreation Manager, Master’s in Recreation Management

“Our curriculum for Environmental Science touches on every one of the careers represented. It was a fantastic opportunity for students to be exposed to different jobs and potential careers,” said Mount Si teacher Amy Graham.