Employee Profile - Focus on Youth
Pine Hill Preserve
Motherlode Field Office
Usually hidden beneath a broad rimmed hat and dark sunglasses to protect her from the bright sun, Jennifer Bartlau collects seeds for the "Seeds of Success" program at the Pine Hill Preserve.
Jennifer, halfway into a five-month conservation and land management internship through the Chicago Botanic Garden and BLM at the Pine Hill Preserve, has been exposed to multiple aspects of preserve management. Besides gathering seeds, she has gained experience in weed removal, the NEPA process, and has worked with GIS and GPS units. She looks forward to learning as much as she can in the next few months.
Coming from a family of health professionals (her sister is a nurse at UCLA and her mother is also a nurse), she began college with a lot of human biology and anthropology, but during her course studies she discovered she enjoyed botany. She finished with a bachelor's degree in molecular environmental biology and a minor in nutritional sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. She decided to take a restoration ecology course in Oregon during the summer to get more experience, then decided to search for possible job opportunities. She landed a position at Mount Lassen National Park as a biology technician. With this experience she submitted her application for the internship.
She is not all about science. She may be passionate about botany, but she is talented in the arts as well. She is an accomplished