The Bureau of Land Management Wind River/Bighorn Basin District was lucky to employ a young woman this summer with a passion for environmental engineering. Ceirra Carlson, a 2014 graduate of Greybull High School in north central Wyoming, served as an engineering intern in the Worland area through the BLM’s Pathways Internship Program.
During her internship with the BLM, Ceirra learned to use the survey-grade global positioning system by completing a topographic survey at Castle Gardens near Ten Sleep.
The Pathways program provides students enrolled in a variety of academic fields with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. This summer, Ceirra assisted the BLM with surveying, completed road and recreation site assessments and was invaluable in the office, creating spread sheets and road assessment templates.
"Cierra is the type of student that the Pathways program was designed for," said BLM Civil Engineering Technician Bryan Crawford. "She is smart, motivated and an excellent example of the kind of person the BLM wants to employ."
During her internship with the BLM, Ceirra learned to use the survey-grade global positioning system by doing a topographic survey at Castle Gardens near Ten Sleep.
Ceirra is attending Sheridan College this fall to begin an engineering degree. After two years there, she hopes to continue her education at a university, studying engineering with an environmental emphasis. She thinks she would like to work in water or air resources, or sustainability. At this point, Ceirra plans to reapply for her current Pathways position and possibly also apply for a seasonal job with the Worland Field Office.
"It is all a journey for me and I will see where it takes me because I have a passion for this type of work," Ceirra said. "I enjoy the exposure I have had with the BLM so far and without a doubt would enjoy working here in the future, but we will see what opportunities arise."
Born and raised in Wyoming, Ceirra enjoys playing sports such as basketball, volleyball and soccer in her free time. She also loves spending time in the mountains hiking, camping, fishing, four wheeling and hunting.
Story by BLM Wyoming