Meet Our Member – Laura Koloski
Youth Program & Outreach Coordinator at Catamount Trails Association
Laura grew up roaming the woods and fields of Central Vermont and ended up at UVM, graduating with a degree in environmental science. After that, she spent the next 3.5 years traveling all over the US and beyond studying all kinds of birds. She recently finished a master's program studying the breeding biology of shorebirds in Arctic Canada. Laura can generally be found doing something reckless outside - her favorites being mountain biking, climbing, or skiing. Whether in for an office day or out exploring, she always have my favorite little mutt in tow!
What is a typical day like in your position with AmeriCorps?
I don't know if there is really a typical day at the Catamount Trail Association, and I like that. So far, I've been able to get out for some trail work, mingled with board members, planned for this winter's Ski Cubs program, and attended some exciting events. I'm looking forward to the winter when I'll be able to include workdays on skis!
Why did you join VHCB AmeriCorps?
I wanted to challenge myself by exploring new career opportunities and gain experience working within a small non-profit. I was also excited about the chance to give back to my community in a meaningful way, working to get area youth outside and appreciating winter in Vermont.
What has surprised you most about serving with AmeriCorps?
The strength of the AmeriCorps community here in Vermont. I have been surprised by the number of people I have met who are serving, have served, or have a close connection with AmeriCorps. Its a testament to the good work getting done in Vermont, on behalf of Vermonters.
What is the highlight of serving at your site?
At my site I get to ski, talk about skiing, spend time outside, and bring my dog to work. What's not to like?
What would you like other people to know about serving with VHCB AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps is what you make it. There are many opportunities and trainings that allow you to develop within your position and take advantage of other options for experiential learning through the AmeriCorps program.