Joshua Stiller ’08May 23, 2016
Ashley Pierce ’07May 23, 2016
Alumni Spotlight: Katie Long
Wildlife Management BT, Class of ’11
Assistant Forest Ranger, NYS DEC
Where You'll Find Her Now
I am working for the DEC in the Catskills as an Assistant Forest Ranger. After leaving SUNY Cobleskill, I had a variety of jobs. When I first graduated, I took a position with the University of Illinois at the Savannah River Site working at a biological study area. I had the opportunity to work at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center in New Hampshire doing an ovenbird ecology study. I also worked for Arizona Game and Fish teaching hunter education classes. One of my favorite jobs has been the opportunity I had to work in North Dakota for Ducks Unlimited. I held the position of a water fowl research technician, determining the effects of Bakken oil fields in regards to disturbance levels of water fowl productivity.
While at SUNY Cobleskill, I loved the hands-on experience during labs. We would learn the information in the classroom, then go outside and do it! A few of my favorite classes were Water Fowl Management and Wetlands Delineation because we would have field trips to the wetlands in the local area. Outside of class, I taught environmental education classes at the George Landis Arboretum. I was on an educational committee and performed a lot of independent projects. Being involved off campus is as important as coursework – going out and exploring options outside of school that you might want as a career. After transferring from a larger college, I loved the small classes and one-on-one learning that Cobleskill offers.
"Coming here was more than just being in classes – it’s an overall experience of learning and connecting with peers and professors. You figure out what you want to do and have the ability to get the experiences you need. The small classes, personable way of learning, and one on one time is unbeatable."
While at Cobleskill, I had the opportunity to study aboard in Africa for an ecology class. I had always wanted to go to Africa and Cobleskill helped me find a university that was providing a program that fit my interests. We participated in reptile sampling, elephant tracking, and visited a cheetah conservation. It was an amazing opportunity! Now is your time to do these things. Success now in school will only propel you in the direction of your career.
Students, Take Note
Coming here was more than just being in classes – it’s an overall experience of learning and connecting with peers and professors. You figure out what you want to do and have the ability to get the experiences you need. The small classes, personable way of learning, and one-on-one time is unbeatable. The professors give you the tools you need to succeed.