Here is a glimpse into the real-life NREM adventure of Mario Pagni, spring 2014 Summa Cum Laude ISU graduate with double majors in Forestry and Public Service & Administration.
"I was hired by the State of Alaska, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation in May 2015 as a Natural Resources Technician II for the Kodiak District. Stationed on remote Shuyak Island during the summer to oversee operation of Shuyak Island State Park a 48,000 acre parcel covering the island in its entirety. In addition to Shuyak I also covered areas of remote Afognak Island and the three Kodiak Island Parks (Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park, Buskin River State Recreation Site, Pasgshak State Recreation Site).
In April 2016 I acquired a new position as the Park Specialist for the Mat-Su Copper Basin Area based in the Matanuska District. My focus was primarily the East Hatcher Pass Management Area and Independence Mine State Historical Park located in the Talkeetna Mountains north of Palmer, AK.
In October 2016 I was hired as a Park Ranger for the Mat-Su Copper Basin Area based in the Matanuska District. I will attend the 16 week Alaska State Trooper Academy in February and then complete a five month field training program. Following completion I will be a fully commissioned law enforcement officer for the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation focusing on resource and recreation management.
My education, work history, additional training, and related experience have positioned me to be successful in my chosen field. I hope to continue to develop my career within natural resources during the coming years."
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