Internship Spotlight: Alissa Finke

Major: Environmental Science  Specialization: Ecosystem Restoration Graduation: May 2016

Internship: Conservation Department Intern at The Holden Arboretum, May 5th- August 22nd 2014                    Click Here to learn more

I started applying for internships in January 2014 and I thought I would never be hired. Thankfully I stumbled upon the Holden’s website and their advertisement for interns. I was so excited! This position was everything I was looking for. I would work outside everyday and learn about conservation. My typical day consisted of numerous tasks, primarily removing invasive species. We managed for about ten invasive species while I was there over the summer. We hand picked, cut down, or sprayed the invasive depending on how each plant was managed. Our primary target was hand picking and carrying out Garlic Mustard and spraying the seedlings with a biodegradable herbicide.

I also participated in several wetland delineation’s, trail mapping, and restoration maintenance within The Holden Arboretum’s 3,000 acres of natural area. This was a great learning experience because I was able to learn about and use the Ohio Rapid Assessment Method for Wetlands (ORAM), and exspose myself to different types of wetlands in Ohio. I most enjoyed my direct involvement with developing a Rapid Upland Forest Assessment and my work with invasive worm monitoring. I gained skills regarding basic GPS and GIS technology and plant identification. I loved it! (Welcome to my office!)