The Student Conservation Association's Online Community
While I can only speak for myself, I would be surprised to find out that I'm the only one that feels the way I do. It is fantastic to be able to see what folks are doing out there. While I know that conservation work can be done from an office (and some of it must be), it's nice to have a space to connect with the on the ground effort that is underwat to get it done.
One of my responsibilities here at the SCA is to vet the positions that our partners submit to ensure that they align with our mission. This means that I have the opportunity to read all of the position descriptions, education/training opportunities, and recreational opportunities that come through the door. It would be dishonest of me not to admit that this triggers a fair bit of daydreaming... and there have been more than a few positions that I've even consider throwing my hat in the ring for. It's great to start to see pictures of those very positions, and read about the experiences that are being created by the opportunities everyone is having to do meaningful work in support of our treasured natural and cultural resources.
In short: here's a great big thank you to everyone who is sharing their experiences here, you're making my day (and I'm sure the days of many folks here in the SCA's office in NH and at our regional offices throughout the US).