Lily Morris’s experience in the Conservation Corps led her to an adventure of a lifetime, working part of the year in Antarctica. She works as a steward at McMurdo Research Facility, where 200 to 1,200 National Science Foundation employees come from all over the world to work every year. They conduct weather balloon research, core sampling, waste removal and diesel mechanics.
Lily attributes her experience in the Youth Outdoors program as key to her exciting and successful career path. “While my position is that of food service, during the competitive interview process, I almost solely spoke of my Corps experience.” She found the strenuous work challenging at the time, but values the experience as it made her a humble and diligent worker. During Lily’s interview for the stewardship, she was able to talk confidently about her experience working long hours in unfavorable conditions as part of a diverse team.
Joining the Corps fresh out of college in 2013 – fueled by her desire to work outside and her sister’s enticement that she would get a sweet pair of boots – left Lily with no regrets. “Without the Conservation Corps, I would just be an unassuming little history major from backwoods Minnesota,” she said. “I would not have gone to Antarctica, and I would not have the skills to thrive in my other job at Golden Valley Parks & Recreation.” Lily would like to continue building her skills and ultimately dreams of driving to the South Pole… or something equally extraordinary.