Elena previously served in an AmeriCorps program and enjoyed the experience enough to join Bur Oak Land Trust’s AmeriCorps team. During her time in this program, she hopes to gain more skills doing conservation work and grow as a person while facing any challenges at work. When asked what she would like to focus on, Elena says, “Right now, I would like to focus on training for my Wildland Firefighting certificate. I have always wanted to participate in controlled burns, and I am excited to be certified to assist in this important aspect of conservation work.” She is also looking forward to furthering her skills through training, hands on experience (especially chainsaw training and work), and involvement in the community. She expects to use these skills throughout her career. She recently decided to switch majors and is considering going into conservation work and knows that with her AmeriCorps experience, she will have a better idea of where she wants to go in her career.