My name is Noah Hood, and I’m excited to be on the Bur Oak Land Trust AmeriCorps team! Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve always had a fascination with nature. I used to spend many days and nights collecting tadpoles and checking under rocks for any creatures that might lurk below. Each summer, my room would be a mini-zoo filled with tanks of exotic fish and fresh captures of lizards from the backyard.
As I grew older, this fascination turned into a career prospect. I attended The University of the South in Sewanee, TN, acquiring a BS in biology. I took part in a variety of college projects with focuses ranging from salamanders to coastal dune plants. During the summers, I also worked in fisheries with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. We’d spend many days navigating the rivers and sampling for nongame freshwater fish.
Over the years, I’ve developed an affinity for natural resource management. Part of this stems from my experience in fisheries, but I’d mainly like to take a more hands-on approach to conservation. This service term with AmeriCorps sounds like the perfect opportunity to satiate this interest. Bur Oak Land Trust offers great opportunities to learn new skills and engage in important conservation work that will help me advance in my career.
Before working this job, I’d never been to Iowa, or anywhere in the Midwest, for that matter. This is all an entirely new experience for me; new flora, new fauna, new climate. There are so many new things to see and learn, and I’m very eager to jump right in.