MCC Member Profiles

Meet a few of the Maryland Conservation Corps’ Current Members and Alumni

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Aaron Botsko
Home State: Maryland
Service Location: Assateague State Park
(2020-2021)

  • Joining MCC was important to me because:
    I am passionate about conservation and very much enjoy outreach and environmental education. The opportunity to gain experience in many kinds of conservation activities and to work outside really appealed to me.
  • Career/Future Goals:
    I would like to do field biology research and get to spend more time with hands-on outdoor work.
  • What I enjoy most about MCC:
    The opportunity to learn so many different things from people with unique experience, and to put that into practice by doing anything from Scales & Tales programs to wildland fire prevention to providing medical response to individuals in need.


Elena Williams-Moreiras
Home State: Michigan
Service Location: Merkle Natural Resource Management Area
(2020-2021)

  • Joining MCC was important to me because:
    I knew MCC would simultaneously challenge me and support my passion for environmental education.
  • Career/Future Goals:
    My current goal is to attend graduate school to study biological anthropology, specifically behavioral flexibility in great apes and integrative conservation.
  • What I enjoy most about MCC:
    Beyond the people I have met, what I enjoy most about MCC is being able to do something new and different every day. From Chesapeake Bay restoration projects, to planting native plants, to trail maintenance, every day brings valuable skills and experience that can be applied to my career and personal life going forward. I also feel extremely lucky to be able to work in such beautiful environments with great people.

Elena measuring a washed out bridge

Kane Aguila
Home State: Maryland
Service Location: Tuckahoe State Park
(2020-2021)

  • Joining MCC was important to me because:
    After my previous service year with another program, I wanted to continue my service in a more outdoor setting for my second year.
  • Career/Future Goals:
    I am currently applying to graduate school for next year and for a more long-term goal I am hoping to become a professor.
  • What I enjoy most about MCC:
    I enjoy tackling the wide variety of challenges that come with being an MCC member and the high quality trainings we get to partake in.

Kane doing trail maintenance

Rebecca Vaughan
Home State: Maryland
Service Location: Gunpowder Falls State Park
(2019-2020, 2020-2021)

  • Joining MCC was important to me because:
    It helped me explore a different field of work that I had been interested in but had never been exposed to. MCC provides several training opportunities to help expand the knowledge of its members in natural resource management and helps to engage us in park conservation projects. Joining MCC is also important to me because I enjoy doing conservation work and helping the environment.
  • Career/Future Goals:
    After spending two terms in MCC, I have decided to pursue a future career in the Maryland Park Service. My goal after MCC is to apply to park positions (both seasonal and long term contractual) and to obtain a job that provides me with health insurance.
  • What I enjoy most about MCC:
    I enjoy the fellowship between all of our members the most. Every time we get together, it feels like a big family reunion. It’s always a blast (even when we’re working!) and everyone is always so enthusiastic about the project at hand.

Rebecca working on a planting project

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Ricardo Sandoval
Home State: Maryland
Service Location: Patapsco Valley State Park
(2020-2021)

  • Joining MCC was important to me because:
    I wanted to do my part in taking care of my home state’s natural areas that I have utilized for recreation throughout my life.
  • Career/Future Goals:
    To finish my schooling at a four-year university and/or get a job that deals with natural resources like the U.S. Geological Survey.
  • What I enjoy most about MCC:
    Getting to be out in nature every day!


Ricardo repainting a sign in the workshop

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Derek Coss
Home State: Maryland
Service Location: Merkle Natural Resource Management Area
(2020-2021)

  • Joining MCC was important to me because:
    I wanted to expand my skillset in natural resource management, network with different organizations, and get involved with conservation and education.
  • Career/Future Goals:
    Acquire an environmental research position (potentially at DNR, Smithsonian, or Nature Conservancy) OR move to Japan and work as an English teacher and/or researcher.
  • What I enjoy most about MCC:
    I love that practically every day is a different experience, whether it be the location, type of work, or people that we work with. The diversity of work increases my skillset while making each day refreshing and rewarding.

Derek working on a stream bank

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