As a stewardship assistant, Claudia provides support to preserve managers of several Natural Lands’ preserves.
Claudia graduated from Delaware Valley University with a B.S. in wildlife conservation and management. While studying there, she had internships at John Heinz Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia and El Zota Biological Station in Costa Rica. She also spent time after college as a wildlife technician for the West Virginia University Research Unit. The bulk of her experience has been in roles of progressive responsibility in the Mercer County Parks system where she worked throughout high school, college, and after graduation. In her final year there she worked full time as a park ranger.
When asked to name something she needs every day for success at work, she answered, “Work pants with many deep pockets.”
Claudia’s appreciation for the outdoors has been lifelong. “Starting when I was very young, I would climb the pine trees out in the yard. I was so small that I could get almost all the way to the top. From 50 feet up, I would look out over the surrounding farms and fields as the tree top swayed in the wind.”
Ask Claudia about: the rainy season in Costa Rica.