We’re very proud to have collaborated on creating an internship for Ventura High School students. This program was initiated when Mr. McEntyre, a science teacher at VHS, reached out with the idea. Rincon President Michael Gialketsis was quickly onboard and excited about the program because he saw it as an opportunity to give back to the community and help foster the interest of environmental sciences in the next generation. Our interns this year are Mari Bouwman and Christina Hornbaker, who come in once a week for two hours for the duration of their school semester.
This year the interns are rotating through the different services we provide with mentors in that field. Each mentor has created a simple lesson plan and shares their insights and knowledge with the interns. The first lesson included learning about permitting and how to conduct a nesting bird survey – they actually discovered a bird’s nest in a tree near the office parking lot! The nest looked to be abandoned, but it was a great real-world experience!
This program is such a success because our mentors are committed to providing the professional insights that our interns are most interested in:
- Biology – Permitting & Nesting Bird Surveys.
- GIS/IT/GPS – Review of the Drone Program: they took some ground control points with the Trimble, flew a survey and made a 3D model of the softball field next door.
- SWPPP/ESA – Introduction to Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans and Environmental Site Assessments.
- Marine Resources – Review of the Broad Beach project, including Coastal Development Permits, Marine Habitat Mapping and Monitoring plans, data analyzation, specific species that are monitored in the rocky reef.
- Environmental Planning – The planning aspects of the Kellog Park project here in Ventura, accessory dwelling unit ordinances, and an overview of the CEQA process.
- GIS/IT – An introduction to our web mapping applications. They created a simple dataset and imported it into both Google Maps and ArcGIS Online and practiced symbolizing by different attributes.
- Cultural Resources – An overview of why we do cultural work under State and Federal Laws, and then a review of replica projectile points to determine what they are and how old they are based on the point styles.We’re honored to be spending time with you, Christina and Mari!