“Getting out of bed in the morning is not a problem when your job is the Stewardship Intern for the Crested Butte Land Trust,” declares Brian Amsberry, who recently completed an 11-week internship with the Land Trust.
Brian, a Business Major with an emphasis in Professional Land and Resource Management, attends Western State Colorado University. When he heard of the Land Trust’s Stewardship Internship during his Mining Law and Contracts class, he knew it would be the perfect fit for his active lifestyle and intrigue with land conservation.
During his internship, Brian dove into the world of stewardship, visiting more than 50 properties that the Land Trust has protected. Equipped with a hand-held GPS and a camera, Brian familiarized himself with the conservation values and management of each property, and identified issues of concern for the stewardship department. The information he gathered out in the field was then transcribed into a monitoring report.
“It was nice to start my day in the beautiful wilderness of Crested Butte and end it in an earnest and friendly place like the Land Trust office,” Brian says. On any given day, the Stewardship Intern may partake in restoration work, trail building/maintenance and re-vegetation.
“The Stewardship Internship provided an array of beneficial skills, like time management, communication, navigation, land management techniques, location of noxious weeds, and Microsoft Word experience,” Brian says. “I learned so much about land conservation and working in a team atmosphere.”
What’s next for Brian? “Looking to the future, I want to become an in-house Landman for an oil and gas exploration company,” says Brian. “But with my new found education in conservation, I can see myself working for a federal organization such as the National Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management. Or, possibly a non-profit organization, like the Crested Butte Land Trust.”
Photo by Katie Onheiber