Meet Our Member - Nate Enright

Housing & Conservation Mobilization & Outreach Coordinator at Randolph Area Community Development Corp. Nate Enright - Meet Our Members

Nate graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry in May 2013. He has become a factotum throughout his years of working subsequent unrelated jobs. Nate recently became certified in Permaculture Design, and is interested in learning more about Permaculture approaches. His hobby of fermenting foods, soaking and sprouting nuts, seeds and legumes, and cooking bone broths, as was common among traditional peoples, was catalyzed partly by his body’s reactions to the modern diet and antibiotics. Nate has a quirk of research into strange topics like entomophagy and the diversity of hominid ancestors that make up our genomes.

What is a typical day like in your position with AmeriCorps?

A typical day as the Housing & Conservation Mobilization & Outreach Coordinator involves research into the possible uses of plants in the floodplain forest, outreach to relevant community groups, and crafting marketing materials to fill vacancies in the Joslyn House independent senior living facility.

Why did you join VHCB AmeriCorps

I joined VHCB not only because I support its overall goals, but because I am passionate about the goals of my position such as providing quality of life to seniors, resource management, education, community involvement, and recreation.

What has surprised you most about serving with AmeriCorps?

What surprised me most about serving with AmeriCorps is the freedom of innovation that my host site provides, and the plethora of AmeriCorps events allowing members to socialize and learn. Working in a small town full of old people has turned out to be much more interesting than I thought.

What is the highlight of serving at your site?

The highlight of RACDC is the opportunity I have been given to create sustainable, healthy connections between the community and the forest. Hopefully the management of the Randolph floodplain forest and the unique methods of invasive species control will serve as a helpful example to other communities.

What would you like other people to know about serving with VHCB AmeriCorps?

I think others should know that serving with VHCB is a great way to get your feet wet in anything related to housing or conservation. Your future employers will think it took extraordinary dedication to carry out such important work with only a living allowance and education award (although in my case it seemed like a pretty good deal compared to some other work I’ve had). 

VHCB AmeriCorps is a program of the
Vermont Housing & Conservation Board.

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