by Madison Moore '15

Some students can’t wait to start planning their beach trips for their summer vacations. Amanda Krow ’14 is one of them, but not because of the boardwalk and soft serve. Her passion is the coastal and marine habitat, and at Delaware Valley University, she gained experiences directly in the field, preparing her to tackle any opportunity that comes her way.

Originally interested in becoming a veterinarian, Krow was introduced to the conservation and wildlife management major, opening her eyes to a variety of different careers.

From the moment she stepped on campus, she began to search for internships that would help her network and work with wildlife professionals, giving her “secrets to success in the field.”

“In all of my internships, I was put into situations that I know I will be exposed to in the field someday,” said Krow.

In the summer of 2012, Krow interned at Trap Pond State Park in Laurel, Delaware, where she served as an environmental educator. There, she managed children’s programs and oversaw the Baldcypress Nature Center, organizing events in the park and campground.

The next summer, she interned with South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources at Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area in Edisto Island, South Carolina. She was a sea turtle conservation intern and had the opportunity to monitor sea turtle breeding and nesting along the four-mile stretch of natural and protected beach.

Her last summer before senior year, she was an intern for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Rhode Island, where she monitored the endangered piping plovers and least terns throughout their nesting season.

“Working hands-on creates a lasting image and memory in my mind that I will be able to pull out at a later time when it is needed most,” said Krow.

She said that everything she put on her resume was because of the hands-on experiences she received in and out of the classrooms at DelVal.

Besides her internships, Krow also stayed involved on campus by working in the horticulture production department, holding the position of secretary for The Wildlife Society, and providing weekly landscaping and housekeeping for an elderly couple in Doylestown, as well as occasional child care for a family in the area.

“Although none of these jobs are things I want to do for the rest of my life, they have made me realize what it means to manage my time, as well as feel a sense of accomplishment of a hard day’s work,” said Krow.

Now, she is prepared to work towards her dream of working with all seven species of sea turtles, and attend graduate school to get her masters in marine/coastal/wetland studies, and ultimately, becoming a sea turtle biologist.

“I know that as long as I can be by the water (both living and working) in the future, I will be my happiest self,” said Krow.