Colleen Z.

My time with the Texas Conservation Corps (TXCC) provided invaluable experience toward my career today. Prior to being on a Trails Across Texas (TAT) crew I had been working at restaurants and in office positions in Maryland. I was financially stable, but unsatisfied and worried about what the future would hold career-wise. It was time for a change.

Several of my friends from college were living all over the United States serving as AmeriCorps members at the time. I often saw their adventures posted on social media and decided I wanted to give it a shot. I found TXCC on the AmeriCorps website and applied for a crew member position on a TAT crew.

Working in the Texas heat for long periods of time was no easy task, but it made me feel validated that I had earned a degree in environmental studies and I was finally doing something I believed in. TXCC is the reason I chose to ultimately join the non-profit sector and continue working toward bettering the environment.

After my time with TXCC, I became an AmeriCorps VISTA at Texas Rural Water Foundation the following year. Upon completion of my second year of service, I got a job working with the American Honey Bee Protection Agency. Now my job consists of visiting schools in the Austin area to educate children about bees.

My current path is one that I never thought possible three years ago and I am forever grateful for the experience I gained from TXCC. In addition to the incredible experience, many of the people I worked with are now friends for life.