The panelists below will share more about how they got interested in nonprofits and provide advice and insight to UNL students looking to break into roles in this field.
Kate Nootenboom (she/her/hers)
Hubbard Conservation Fellow with The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska
What sparked your interest in this field?
I have always loved being physically engaged in my work, preferably in the outdoors. To me, conservation is a perfect way to stay engaged in my surroundings while also contributing to the incredibly important mission of healing and preserving the natural systems upon which we all depend.
How did you gain experience when you were a student completing your undergraduate degree?
I worked in the campus arboretum at my college, initially helping with the manual labor of stewardship and eventually becoming a student naturalist and research assistant to the arboretum dirctor.
Who is someone that influenced your career and professional development?
My boss at the Cowling Arboretum at Carleton College, Nancy Braker!
What is one important skill you’ve had to acquire and hone as you’ve grown in your career?
Silencing self-doubt. And using a chainsaw. (Still working on both.)