TTF Interns: I Don’t Know Why You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello!

Julie Slavet
Jan 22, 2015

This winter, we have some familiar as well as some new faces on our TTF intern team. Fall interns Alex Hoxsie, Allison Ostertag, Nathan Sienkiewcz, Ricky Vereneck and Emilie Wetzel are continuing with TTF. Emilie and Ricky will help us out again by working on a variety of projects in the office, while Alex and Allison will work independently. Nathan, a sophomore Biology student at Arcadia University, will also spend one day each week with us in the TTF office.

Alex has a Masters in Landscape and Architecture from Temple University and will continue to work with us to design a riparian buffer along the Jenkintown Creek in Abington.

Emilie is a graduate of St. Lawrence University with a B.S. in Conservation Biology and a Minor in Outdoor Studies. This fall, she and Allison (who has a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Temple University)  taught Olney Christian School second through fourth graders about birds using Cornell University’s “Celebrate Urban Birds” program. We’re glad Allison will be able to continue to work on our growing birding efforts.

Interns Mary & Emilie manning the MLK Day sign-in table.

During the fall, Emilie and Ricky helped collect water samples to measure water quality and get materials ready for events. They also undertook some helpful research and data entry projects, helped out at events, and wrote a few blogs.

This month, we’re also fortunate to host intern Mary Satterthwaite, a freshman at DePauw University studying Environmental Geology and Spanish. Mary is interested in exploring new fields that relate to her majors. She is currently working on writing blogs for the TTF website and helping out with other projects like the MLK clean up day. Stay tuned for new blogs coming soon!

Intern, Alyssa Ard, working the button table at last year’s Tacony Creek Park block party.

Special thanks to Doug Kripke and Andrew Shannon, who have finished their internships with TTF! Doug graduated from the University of Michigan‘s College of Engineering and is working at the Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation. He developed a user friendly format for our Streamkeepers program report. Andrew is studying geology at the University of Pennsylvania. He developed a Tacony Creek Park community contact spreadsheet and map, a useful tool for helping us reach out to partners, participants, and volunteers.

Alyssa Ard, our energetic Springfield High School senior, will continue to help us out at events.

Be sure to say hello to these amazing interns when you contact the office or attend an event! Interested in an internship with us? Get information here.




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