Meet Our Member – Elizabeth Bourguet
Native Plants Land Manager
Liz recently graduated from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a degree in Conservation Biology and a minor in Environmental Writing and Rhetoric. Some of her hobbies include running, hiking, cooking vegan food, reading and hanging out with my brothers.
What is a typical day like in your position with AmeriCorps?
So far, a typical day for my position Native Plants Land Manager at Green Mountain College involves going out to the college’s Natural Areas and pulling invasive plant species. This fall, I’ve been focused on pulling young glossy buckthorn and honeysuckle from the old agricultural fields undergoing succession. I know my position will transition when the ground is frozen, and I will most likely be in the herbarium and also working on native plant initiatives on campus.
Why did you join VHCB AmeriCorps?
I think that this position is a really good stepping stone for me to transition out of school. I’m very interested in conservation, particularly land conservation, and I also wanted an opportunity to live and serve in Vermont, so when I saw this position I thought it would be a very good fit for me.
What has surprised you most about serving with AmeriCorps?
I have been really happy with how much support there is around me, from the VHCB AmeriCorps program and its supervisors, from my site supervisor and from other AmeriCorps members.
What is the highlight of serving at your site?
The highlights so far are being outside all the time, being a part of a campus community and working with my site supervisor.
What would you like other people to know about serving with VHCB AmeriCorps?
I have been inspired by VHCB and I have been learning about things I used to know nothing about, like the housing needs of Vermont and the realities of housing and conservation.