Alumni Stories

What are our graduates doing?

What does it take to be successful at job hunting and building a career in natural resources? Find out from alumni who have stories to share and great career insights to offer.

Sarah Diehr

Sarah Diehr

BS, Forestry, 2008
Current job/field: Forester
Employer: USDI, Bureau of Land Management

My responsibilities vary greatly and include timber marking, project inspection, sale layout, NEPA writing, timber cruising, community outreach, stewardship, working on biomass projects, and even a little bit of firefighting.

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Gordie Mosher

Gordie Mosher

BS, Forestry, 2000
BS, Applied Ecology and Environmental Science, 2002
Teaching Certificate in Secondary Education, 2002
Michigan Tech Football, 1996–2000
Current job/field: Director, Advanced Placement Incentive Programs
Employer: Yuma Union High School, District 70

Michigan Tech provided me with an outstanding education that has enabled me to share my understanding of the environment with others.

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Sara Wesner

Sara Wesner

BS, Wildlife Ecology and Management, 2008
Current job/field: Natural Land Management Graduate Intern
Employer: Waukesha County Parks and Land Use

I was able to prove to my future employers that I was capable of applying what I learned in college to real life.

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Lucas Spaete

Luke Spaete

MS, Forest Ecology and Management, 2009
Current job/field: Research Associate
Employer: Boise Center Aerospace Laboratory, Idaho State University

The breadth of knowledge available through the School—not only in forestry, but also in ecology, GIS, and remote sensing—will help you in the future.

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Kelly Standerfer

Kelly Standerfer

BS, Forestry, 2003
Current job/field: Forester
Employer: DNRE, Kalkaska Field Office

All four of my jobs have been challenging in their own ways, but more importantly, each one has broadened my background in forestry.

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Jason Caron

Jason Caron

BS, Forestry, 2002
Current job/field: Forester
Employer: DNRE

My advice to students and graduates is to get as much experience as possible. Internships are crucial in any field!

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Sheila Madahbee K

Sheila Madahbee K

BS, Forestry, 2000
Current job/field: Lands and Resource Technician
Employer: United Chiefs and Councils of Manitoulin

I'm in the field, in the air, on the water, and in the office. I meet with different levels of management within industry and government.

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Dacia Meneguzzo

Dacia Meneguzzo

BS, Forestry, 2000
Current job/field: Research Forester, PhD candidate
Employer: USDA Forest Service

My primary duties are analyzing and reporting on our forest inventory data and conducting my own scientific research. I am continually learning new things and building upon the foundation in forestry I obtained at Michigan Tech.

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