Orange County Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is happy to welcome back a former Green PLACE intern, M’kenzy Link, as a staff member! EPD recently hired M’kenzy as the On-Call Senior Technician for the Green PLACE team. During her time as an intern, M’kenzy earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies at the University of Central Florida. Now that she has graduated, she is excited to continue her passion for the environment at EPD!
On how the EPD Internship influenced her career path: My time as an intern taught me a lot about natural resource management as a whole, which gave me a better idea of what kind of future career I would want. It inspired me to want to become more involved in "big picture" sustainability.
On memorable moments at EPD: Once a year the Green PLACE team does Wetland Restoration Monitoring at the TM Econ Mitigation Bank, which involved wading through chest-deep water and swamp. It was tough but one of the most fascinating field days.
On notable projects: I have been working on developing outreach programs to spread more awareness of our Green PLACE properties, which will inspire more people to visit the beautiful conservation areas.
On advice for future interns: Job shadow as many departments as you can! It's good to figure out what you like, but more importantly what you don't like. Taking that initiative can be beneficial for present decisions, but it also allows you to make connections that can benefit you in the future. Allow yourself to meet as many different people as possible, there's always something new to learn!