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I am a Conservationist

How would you like to get paid to save the environment?

Meet Amy Roskilly. She’s a Conservation Education Specialist with the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District.  Amy’s job is basically to help protect the land and water in Northeast Ohio by educating the community through different programs.

One of her jobs is to make sure cities across the area are complying with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rules about how they control stormwater.  She must educate cities and residents about how to manage stormwater runoff in their communities.  She does this by organizing educational events, like a stream cleanups, where volunteers help clean up trash, debris, and pollutants from the stream, so it can flourish and flow better into the Cuyahoga River which flows into Lake Erie.


Amy has an undergraduate degree in communications and a master’s degree in environmental studies. She was always fascinated by the environment, different ecosystems and how they work.  While some parts of her job, like cleaning up trash from a creek bed are not that glamorous, she loves it.  She has a passion for helping the environment and loves to come to work every day.  Amy loves that she gets to work outside, work with people and get a little bit sweaty doing it!


There are many different career paths you can take if interested in the environment.  Amy says you can specialize in so many different areas.  You could work in environmental law or environmental outreach.  You may be more interested in trees, or plants or even saving animals. Amy suggests if you have a passion for the environment but you’re not sure exactly what area interests you the most, you need to get out and try different things. The easiest step is to  just volunteer for different organizations in your community.


Amy says if you’re looking for an internship, don’t be afraid to talk to people who are working in this field, to learn what they do.  As she said, volunteering is always a good way to show you are interested.  When screening people for internships, Amy is more impressed by people who show initiative by calling and talking to her or even volunteering at events.


Amy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Interpersonal Communications from Ohio University.

She has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies.


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