MCC Member Profiles

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

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Omar Lloyd


Home State: Maryland
Service Location: Merkle Natural Resources Management Area
(2021-2022)

Joining MCC was important to me because:
Environmentalism and conservation are very important issues to me. The ways in which humans interact with nature are a reflection of ourselves. I want more people to enjoy both the natural and human-made environment as I have, for as long as possible.

Career/Future Goals:
I will learn more about careers related to environmental conservation, action or policy and pursue opportunities in these areas.

​What I enjoy most about MCC:​
I enjoy travelling to the various state parks, learning about conservation work and state park initiatives and projects, the hands-on learning and training we receive, and environmental education we provide to the public.




Jennifer Rohrer


Home State: Arkansas
Service Location: Gunpowder Falls State Park
(2021-2022)

​Joining MCC was important to me because:
MCC provides several opportunities for hands-on training to help further a career in the outdoor field. Working in a crew of less than 6 people provides chances to form personal and professional relationships with people sharing similar interests.

Career/Future Goals:
Although I do not know if I want to pursue a career in a naturalist, maintenance, or ranger position, I know I would like to work long term in a national or state park setting. A career with a perfect balance of general maintenance and community engagement in the outdoors would be ideal.

What I enjoy most about MCC:
My favorite thing about MCC has been being able to build relationships with my coworkers within my crew and other crews. The MCC experience offers great training and hands-on experience but what holds the most value to me is being able to connect on a personal level with people I would have never met outside of MCC.




Delaney Harrison-Peters


Home State: Maryland
Service Location: Tuckahoe State Park
(2021-2022)

Joining MCC was important to me because:
It provided me the perfect way to gain hands-on experience in conservation, as well as in environmental education, while also giving me the chance to give back to my community.

Career/Future Goals:
After I complete this program, I plan on attending graduate school where I’ll be studying marine biology or environmental science.

What I enjoy most about MCC:
Is that I get a chance to try new things while also being able to meet a lot of new people.




Tess Martin


Home State: Maryland
Service Location: Assateague State Park
(2021-2022)

Joining MCC was important to me because:
I wanted to give back to my country in a way that combined service and my love for the outdoors. MCC was also very different from any other position I have held in the past and offered an opportunity to explore conservation through various lenses.

Career/Future Goals:
I hope to work in the field of national security or U.S. foreign policy, but am not quite sure exactly what I want to do in terms of an actual job! I am using MCC in part as a way to explore my interest in climate change as a national security issue. I hope to explore this and other topics in grad school next year, which will guide me towards a more concrete career path in the security and foreign policy fields.

What I enjoy most about MCC:
Working in a team, working outdoors, completing various projects that differ almost daily, and the amount of useful certifications offered.




Da’Mya McNair


Home State: Maryland
Service Location: Merkle Natural Resources Management Area
(2021-2022)

Joining MCC was important to me because:
I love to help the environment and I love to communicate with people I meet.

Career/Future Goals:
I would like to work in the park service. I enjoy everything, so I can’t choose one job.

What I enjoy most about MCC:
I enjoy traveling and seeing different places in the state of Maryland. I also enjoy the ocean views.




Derek Coss


Home State: Maryland
Service Location: Assateague State Park
(2020-2021, 2021-2022)

Joining MCC was important to me because:
I wanted to expand my skillset in natural resource management, network with different organizations, and get involved with conservation and education.

Career/Future Goals:
Acquire an environmental research position (potentially at DNR, Smithsonian, or Nature Conservancy) OR move to Japan and work as an English teacher and/or researcher.

What I enjoy most about MCC:
I love that practically every day is a different experience, whether it be the location, type of work, or people that we work with. The diversity of work increases my skillset while making each day refreshing and rewarding.




Victoria Lee


Home State: Maryland
Service Location: Patapsco Valley State Park
(2021-2022)

Joining MCC was important to me because:
I wanted to help conserve Maryland’s parks and public lands. I also wanted to get outside and be more hands-on with a variety of different projects.

Career/Future Goals:
I would like to go back to school and focus on environmental research, specifically different methods on how to lessen the impacts of climate change on the environment.

What I enjoy most about MCC:
I enjoy having the opportunity to go explore Maryland’s State Parks and interacting with all of the people who work for the parks. I also enjoy having the opportunity to work on so many different projects.




Abel Gonzalez


Home State: Maryland
Crew Location: Susquehanna
(2021-2022)

Joining MCC was important to me because:
Participating in a wide variety of conservation projects and learning new things is invaluable to me.

Career/ Future Goals:
I’m hoping to pursue a degree in forest management and ecology and use my experience in MCC and the Maryland Park Service at large to become a forester.

What I enjoy most about MCC:
Getting to work every day with my friends on projects that are impactful to the people we serve. It’s a great feeling to look at a new trail we've built and know folks will enjoy it for many years.


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