MCC Member Profiles

Meet a few of the Maryland Conservation Corps’ Current Members and Alumni

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MCC Crew Member Emily BuecheEmily Bueche
Home State: Maryland
Service Location: Susquehanna State Park
(2019-2020)

Joining MCC was important to me because:

I could do it all here! Learning how to defend Earth’s nature while sharing its beauty with other people who share similar passions didn’t seem like work. I would be acquiring life-long skills and spending most of my time outdoors in places that have changed my life. There was no question if MCC would be a good fit.

Career/Future Goals:

That’s part of why I’m in MCC! I’m learning about the multitude of opportunities out there and what it takes to get there. After learning more about the Park Service, I would like to travel in and out of state to various parks, but I’m still unsure what role I would enjoy most.

What I enjoy most about MCC:

MCC shows me the faces of the people who shape the Maryland State Parks. The skills and stories that they share have a lasting impact that has the potential to create a better future for individuals and the natural world. Standing alongside others who desire a greener future is one of my favorite parts of this field.


 MCC Crew Member Isaac Page

Isaac Page
Home State: Maryland
Service Location: Merkle Natural Resources Management Area
(2019-2020)

Joining MCC was important to me because:

I thought it would help to expand my horizons while also allowing me to apply what I’ve learned as an Environmental Studies major to our natural world. It has given me a chance to get familiar with the professional world, as well as taught me essential skills that will come in handy as I continue to grow as a person.

Career/Future Goals:

After MCC, I hope to pursue a career in the Federal Government with the Environmental Protection Agency or the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

What I enjoy most about MCC:

The traveling for sure. I’ve seen so many places that I had not seen before in Maryland – the mountains of Western Maryland, the wetlands of Janes Island, and even the parks where other MCC members work. All of the places I’ve visited have really stuck with me and will forever be with me.


MCC Crew Member Jordan PostonJordan Poston
Home State: Kentucky
Service Location: Patapsco Valley State Park
(2019-2020)

Joining MCC was important to me because:

I wanted to make a difference during my gap year. I love being outside and I was tired of learning in a classroom. I think it was really important to me to get out and learn how to make change happen, no matter how small. Being able to learn from my peers and share knowledge is an invaluable experience.

Career/Future Goals:

I am using this gap year to decide between getting a PhD in paleontology and working full time in the park service.

What I enjoy most about MCC:

I love my crew. We all have our quirks but ultimately we work well together and get things done.


MCC Crew Member Varun SethVarun Seth
Home State: Colorado
Service Location: Tuckahoe State Park
(2019-2020)

Joining MCC was important to me because:

I was a pre-med student through all four years of college and recently changed my path to veterinary school instead. I knew next to nothing about environmental and wildlife conservation. The Maryland Conservation Corps has been an amazing opportunity and introduction into the field - it has only reinforced my decision even further. The active work environment was also a huge draw and has been one of my favorite aspects of the job.

Career/Future Goals:

I hope to one day work as a wildlife veterinarian.

What I enjoy most about MCC:

I enjoy the fellowship between all of our members the most. Every time we get together, it feels like a big family reunion. It’s always a blast (even when we’re working!) and everyone is always so enthusiastic about the project at hand.


Christian SheildsChristian Sheilds
Home State: Maryland
Service Location: Tuckahoe State Park
(2018-2019, 2019-2020)

Joining MCC was important to me because:

Growing up I was allergic to just about everything outside. I had severe asthma and being able to work outside had always been a dream of mine that I didn’t think would ever become a reality. Being inside most of my life had definitely sparked a huge interest in the world around me. I finally grew out of most of my allergies by the age of 16, giving me the chance to explore the world around me. Joining MCC was extremely important to me because it gave me the chance to explore the wide variety of career pathways involving environmental work, all in one program. I view MCC as a program that should be mandatory for all youth to be involved in. It truly is a well-rounded program for preparing youth for the world around them.

Career/Future Goals:

My future goals would be to finish my Bachelor’s degree in environmental science/marine biology, as well as travel around the county working between different parks doing environmental programming and education.

What I enjoy most about MCC:

I enjoy the fact that MCC has such a variety in what you do on a weekly basis. One week you will find yourself rebuilding trail, while another week you’ll find yourself aiding in a control burn, and the next week you’ll find yourself doing environmental education for hundreds of children and adults. There’s always something new and exciting waiting just around the corner.


MCC Crew Member Sam WabySamantha Waby
Home State: Maryland
Service Location: Assateague State Park
(2018-2019, 2019-2020)

Joining MCC was important to me because:

I am passionate about making a difference and preserving the natural world around us. Whether I am working on a conservation project or giving an interpretive program to students, I leave work every day feeling as though I have made a positive impact.

Career/Future Goals:

I would like to pursue a career where I can work with animals, specifically birds of prey.

What I enjoy most about MCC:

I love that MCC gives us so many opportunities to expand our horizons. I have been able to try new things that I probably would have never been exposed to if I hadn’t joined the program.​​​​