Welcome 2024 SLCS AmeriCorps 

Join us in welcoming the 2024 SLCS AmeriCorps as they embark on a transformative journey in land conservation & stewardship.

As we gear up for our seventh year hosting AmeriCorps members, we are proud to share the lasting relationships we have built and the incredible career paths they have pursued. From Wildlife Monitoring to Carbon Credit Monitoring and even Land Acquisition Director roles, the experience gained at SLCS AmeriCorps sets the stage for a bright and impactful future.

You may encounter Michaela and Sarah as they monitor conservation easements, assist with volunteer monitoring training, or conduct field assessments. If you do, be sure to share your Squam experience or favorite Squam story so they can come to know and appreciate this unique community.

Sarah Burtnick

Sarah grew up north-west of Philadelphia. Conservation and environmental education lessons at school were always her favorite growing up. These inspired her to seek a career path in environmental focused work. Sarah attended the George Washington University, receiving a degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in GIS. Sarah quickly fell in love with GIS through her courses, leading her to pursue it in her career. Her goal is to go to graduate school and have a career intersecting conservation work and GIS. In her free time, Sarah loves to hike, take bike rides, garden, bake, and pick up new crafting hobbies. 

Sarah is excited to be serving as an AmeriCorps member. She looks forward to exploring somewhere new and all that she will learn from the staff at SLCS. 



Michaela Duda

Michaela graduated from James Madison University in 2023 with a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and a minor in Environmental Studies. After graduating she spent the summer thru hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. This experience solidified her passion for conservation, and her time hiking through New Hampshire inspired her to apply to Squam Lakes Conservation Society. She is originally from Avondale, Pennsylvania and grew up exploring the outdoor areas and natural lands of southeastern PA and the coast of Delaware. She enjoys spending her free time outdoors participating in many activities including hiking, backpacking, and biking and spending time on the water. 



2023  AmeriCorps member Erika Looman with fellow SLA AmeriCorps renovating the cabin on Hersey Mountain.

2022 AmeriCorps members, Emily and Emerson (M&M for short) keeping the view at Doublehead looking amazing.

2021 AmeriCorps members Cat and Skye putting in some miles to conduct some of our annual easement monitoring.

2020 AmeriCorps members Ben and Sophie putting the finishing touches on a kiosk for Unsworth Preserve.