1. The World of Stormwater
This role has exposed me to a vast array of knowledge about stormwater that most people don’t get the opportunity to learn about. From different types of pollution to infrastructure terms, and strategies for reducing stormwater runoff, I have gained a deep understanding of the importance of mitigating the effects of stormwater and how to communicate these concepts to diverse audiences.
2. North Carolina Geography
Although I am from North Carolina, I knew little about the smaller towns that CWEP is partnered with. It’s been an adventure traveling all over the central and eastern part of the state to meet with community members and get to know the area. From Leland in the south to Roxboro in the north and everywhere in between, there is a lot of exploring to do and many amazing people to meet!
3. Coordination Skills
As a newcomer to coordination, I have navigated how to manage multiple events with partners and community organizations across different timelines. I quickly learned that effective communication and organization are key when planning meetings and events.
4. The importance of asking questions
Starting a new position involves a lot of on-the-job learning, and asking questions is the best way to gain a deeper understanding of the work. CWEP has a culture of mentorship, and I have been fortunate to learn from subject matter experts and leaders in the environment and resilience field. Learning more about their roles and how they achieve their own goals at work has given me knowledge that I will use throughout my professional life.
5. Cultivating curiosity
As someone who works with younger students who haven’t had much exposure to water processes yet, it is a special privilege to introduce new concepts about a resource that is often taken for granted. By connecting students with nature and helping to cultivate healthy relationships with water, I am helping create a future generation of water guardians, and that is something to be proud of!
My AmeriCorps term will be ending in July and I am looking forward to what the future holds! If you are interested in becoming the next Stormwater Education Coordinator for CWEP, learn more by clicking the link below.