Elaina Burris joined the Larimer County Conservation Corps (LCCC) after learning about the position at a job fair held at her local library. She was seeking an opportunity where she could improve her community and public land – while also doing work she could enjoy. Elaina applied for and accepted a position with LCCC’s Land Program and served on a variety of projects, including hatchery maintenance and trail construction.

Maelly Oropeza, manager of the LCCC program, had the opportunity midway through the season to work alongside Elaina’s crew building a new trail at Sky Corral Ranch.  “As I spent time with the crew, I quickly noticed how patient Elaina was with our fellow Corpsmembers and what a great communicator she was to her peers,” Maelly noted.  “She seemed very wise for her age.”  Her Crew Leader was equally impressed with her outstanding leadership:  “Elaina was a consistent and dedicated corpsmember. She worked well with others and faced challenges head on with great resiliency. She was vital to the crew.”

When Elaina reflected back on the season and her overall experience , she happily noted the fulfillment of the season:  “I worked hard and got to know my crew. I achieved my goals by paying attention, by not giving up or slacking off. The work was hard, but enjoyable. I had a great time, learning and working with the Larimer County Conservation Corps.”