Ayden Reyes’ Intro Blog

A week into work, my first time going out on the refuge by myself!

     Howdy, my name is Ayden Reyes and I graduated from Texas A&M University in May of 2021, with a Bachelors of Science in Forestry and Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences. My passion for the environment started early, during my involvement with the Boy Scouts of America. When I would go explore a new park, refuge, or forest, I would see the rangers as superheroes; their beige button up shirts analogous to a flowing cape. It was because of those experiences that I knew that I wanted to dedicate my life to conserving wild and natural places.

     My long term career goals are to work as a scientist for a federal land management agency, conducting fieldwork and performing public education and outreach as part of my job duties. I discovered my passion for these facets of the environmental field in college, when working as a Biological Science Technician for the U.S. Forest Service. I got to conduct rigorous, dynamic fieldwork in beautiful locations, but my favorite part of the job was when people approached me and were curious about the work I was doing. I was able to teach them about the project that I was working on, hopefully instilling in them the same passion for nature that I have. 

     The Refuge Outreach Intern position at Neal Smith NWR interested me because I haven’t yet had a position working only on one specific refuge, park, or forest. The opportunity to work for a full year towards numerous projects and to see the tangible progress and difference I’ve made is exciting. I believe that this position will allow me to immerse myself into a branch of the federal government that I haven’t yet seen, and incorporate all of my interests into a valuable new career experience. Thank you EFTA!

  • Ruth Tijerina
    Posted at 12:54h, 07 February

    Ayden I wish you well, and I’m very happy that you are following your dreams. I’m proud that you enjoy sharing your knowledge, and experiences so that others can learn from you. Thank you for your work, and commitment to our forestry and environment.

  • Diana Meeks
    Posted at 13:49h, 07 February

    Congratulations 👏 fantastic job, may your next endeavor be just as BIG as the future you hold.