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5 Sturgis Corner Drive, Suite 1250, Iowa City, IA 52246

Stewardship Technician Jack Systma


My name is Jack Sytsma and I am from Leighton, Iowa. I am a graduate from Central College in Pella, Iowa with majors in biology and Spanish. I am an avid bird watcher, mushroom hunter, and enjoy visiting the many state parks, preserves, and refuges of Iowa.

One day, I would like to work in National Parks or National Wildlife Refuges and working through AmeriCorps is a big step in attaining that goal. In the past, I have worked with conservation in Iowa, Nebraska, Hawaii, and even Mexico, so I am excited to start working with Bur Oak Land Trust.

I chose to work with Bur Oak Land Trust through AmeriCorps because I wanted to commit to environmental stewardship through service. I have always been drawn to the tallgrass prairies, oak savannas, and woodlands in Iowa, so I chose this position to expand my knowledge of the native flora and fauna in these ecosystems.

I am most excited to learn how to conduct prescribed burns, wildlife surveys, and remove invasive species from the various locations that Bur Oak manages. These next few months may be hard work, but I am excited to see what new things come my way while serving in AmeriCorps.