Nicole Mercier came to UMaine because it was convenient, but stayed because she found the educators in the forestry program exciting and encouraging.
“The educators at UMaine supported my desire to become a steward of the Earth and provided me with a broad foundation of knowledge and a vocabulary to become just that,” says Mercier.
After she graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Forest Ecosystem Science & Conservation, Mercier worked as a field tech for two graduate students in the Industrial Spruce-Fir forests of Maine collecting data about tree health, form and growth.
She considered graduate school, but ended up moving to Iowa and a few months later was accepted into an internship at California’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area through the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service.
Mercier serves as the Plant Propagule Collection/Volunteer Outreach Intern at the Marin Headlands Native Plant Nursery at Fort Cronkhite in Sausalito, Ca. Her duties at the nursery include plant health monitoring, seed and plant collection and propagation, running volunteer programs, and volunteer outreach.
After work, she makes the one-minute walk to Rodeo Beach to watch the waves and surfers.
Her advice for UMaine students: Pay attention. Think well. Speak up. Act! Move forward.
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