Meet Our Member: Katy Lord, Watershed Technician
With a degree from UVM and internships with the Lake Champlain Land Trust and the Nature Conservancy of Vermont under her belt, Katy Lord is a great fit with the Franklin Watershed Committee. Katy's days as the Watershed Technician are busy and varied. She spends her time planting trees, conducting watershed education in local schools, water sampling, conducting outreach, writing newsletters, and identifying potential projects to treat storm water and agricultural runoff. Originally from Connecticut, Katy has lived in Vermont for the past 10 years. When she is not serving with VHCB AmeriCorps, Katy enjoys drawing, painting, hiking, seeing live music, snuggling with her pit bull and hanging out with her friends and boyfriend.
Why did you join VHCB AmeriCorps?
I want to help conserve the natural beauty and native ecology that make Vermont special. I wanted to learn more about natural resources issues in a practical setting, and learn more about working in the non-profit sector.
What are you learning or gaining out of your service?
I am learning so much about the complex issues of water quality and soil health and conservation, and how integrated these issues are with socio-economic issues. As the health of our aquatic ecosystems in Northern Vermont decline, the Vermont "brand" is at stake. Both clean water and rural, agricultural communities are an integral part of the Vermont landscape, and yet they can appear to be at odds with each other. I have learned that a focused, creative approach with coordination between all partners- watershed groups, municipal and state government, agricultural communities and citizens- is the only way that progress will be made on this challenging issue. I think this rings true for many different problems that we face in today's society.
What has surprised you about serving in AmeriCorps?
I learned that one must be very strategic with how they spend their time. Time is valuable and limited, and with so many different opportunities for ways to spend it, it is crucial to look critically at which uses will best help you achieve your intended goals, in both professional and personal life.
What's the best thing about serving at your site?
My supervisors are really inspirational, hard working women. It is great to work with two women doing amazing, on the ground work. They have both been very flexible and sensitive to my needs in the position, and I feel very lucky to be working with them. They also feed me frequently!
What would you like other people to know about serving in AmeriCorps?
I was really surprised at the strength of the AmeriCorps community. Not only have I made some great friends within the VHCB team serving currently, but I have also met many other people who have served in AmeriCorps previously. There is a very strong network. For example, one of my supervisors served in the Peace Corps and the other served in AmeriCorps during college. Also, all of the AmeriCorps related trainings and conferences are lots of fun and well worth attending.