Wednesday, October 8, 2014

New Wildlife/Forestry Specialist for GSWCD

My name is Levi Arnold, and I was born and raised right here in Guernsey County a few miles west of Seneca Lake. I grew up on a small tree and cattle farm helping my grandfather and my uncle where I still help my uncle out to this day. When I’m not at work or working at the farm I like to fish, canoe, and hunt. Duck hunting is my favorite thing to do and I also enjoy traditional archery.

In 2011, I graduated from Meadowbrook High School and always knew I wanted to pursue a career in doing something outdoors and helping people. That summer I enrolled in classes in Zane State College chasing an Associate’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Management and also working on a private fish hatchery. While at Zane State I got a job working at The Wilds as a groundskeeper and I also worked as a fishing attendant. Taking people fishing and making sure they had a great time was an awesome experience. While still taking classes, the next summer rolled around and I was able to get a job as a seasonal worker with ODNR Division of Wildlife at Salt Fork Wildlife Area. There I spent six months learning different wildlife habitat management techniques and implementing them. In the spring of 2014, I got a full time position at Belmont SWCD as an agriculture technician where I helped out with several educational programs, headed the equipment rentals and maintenance, and worked with NRCS doing field visits and assessments. Also that spring I completed my degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Management.

So now I’ve made my way back home here to Guernsey County.  I’m glad to have the opportunity to work here in my home county and try to make a difference in the community that helped shape me. If there’s anything we can do for you, give the Guernsey Soil & Water Conservation District office a call or stop in!
The office hours are Monday through Friday from 8-4:30PM, and the NEW office phone number is 740-435-0408.

Levi Arnold
Wildlife/Forestry Specialist
Guernsey SWCD

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