KB: I am CalTrout’s Policy Intern! I work with Analise, Redgie and Amanda on issues and projects that are statewide.
KB: I was fortunate enough to be interviewed for the internship a few months after I graduated college. I’m so thankful for that interview and the opportunity to do work with an incredible group of people! This position has really made a positive change in my life, and I'm so happy for that.
KB: Conservation has been in my peripheral vision for most of my life. My dad worked in the same circles with conservation groups for much of his career. Growing up, I always loved animals and nature, and something that I have always craved was that feeling of really creating change in my workspace. It took me a while to eventually go from “this is something that could be what I want to do” to “I see a future in this career path.” I went into college thinking I had the skills to become an engineer. I learned that it wasn’t for me, but I did gain such a respect and appreciation for people who do have that training. After that, and even after graduating, I really struggled to find something that truly connected with me on all levels. Within the first few weeks of my internship at CalTrout, I got a feeling where I was like, “wow, this could be it.”
What made the difference is that for those who pursue careers in conservation (particulary in water), they all look to do work that is bigger than themselves. You can sense that just by talking to them for a short period. It’s really incredible, and this modeled the type of work I wanted to do and by extension, the individual who I hope to become.
KB: The best aspect of my job is that I get to experience true collaboration. That’s a given if you want to achieve anything in conservation work, but I think what separates CalTrout is that everyone here is committed to the best solution for everyone involved, no matter what it is or what it takes. It is modeled for me daily here by everyone, and I am so grateful to experience it that way.
As far as rewarding moments, I had the opportunity to testify on behalf of CalTrout (by phone) at the Senate Subcommittee #2 on Resources, Environmental Protection and Energy. I remember watching my dad testify on behalf of his work, and it was really cool to do the same! It was very much a full circle moment, and I definitely geeked out afterward.
KB: Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton of the Bureau of Reclamation is someone I am inspired by. In all of the work she does and all of the work that she continues to do, it is clear that her career is much more than a career to her. She understands that the impact she has as commissioner reaches communities of people she may never meet and people who may never know her role in the process. She understands the reach of her influence, and she embodies what it takes to command change seeing not only the immediate actions ahead but the whole picture. You can be smart and study hard, but putting so much heart into what you do makes such a big difference in the work you are able to accomplish.
KB: I am so proud to be a woman in conservation. I'm also really thankful that other women have paved the way for me to be in this type of career. I see it at CalTrout, I see it through people like Commissioner Touton, and I see it with women I've never even met. They have all played such a huge role in the legacy that is women in conservation, and they are all key in making sure that women can follow behind them. It is really neat to know that there is a line of women who paved the way before me, and it is really fulfilling to know that I am able to do the same for those behind me.
KB: It can be a little intimidating to do work you perceive as valuable or important, but sometimes what makes you capable is being willing to do those things, even if you get it wrong. I think it makes you better at your job and more resilient in life. It is also what makes your work that much more rewarding regardless of the outcome.
KB: The Klamath! It was my first experience of a river in a way that showed me its value beyond physical water. I am so privileged to understand the power and the significance of the river to those who value it.