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FALL 2017

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34 | Iulia Siemen Director Habitats, Zoological Operations at SeaWorld Degree in Chemical Engineering Iulia has a big job: designing, building and then maintaining the water quality and health of the habitats for the animals at the park. And she doesn't do it alone. Her team consists of, among others: aquatic life support operators who test the water every four hours; automation technicians who monitor and program the computers that run the automation; underwater maintenance divers who manage "everything below the water line." Iulia didn't even know this job existed when she first got out of college. She worked with Anheuser Busch and serendipitously had an opportunity to move to the parks and recreation side. Now, 15 years later, after working in design and engineering, she oversees the department. "It's the best of science, technology, art and entertainment!" she exclaims. What she loves about her job: The science: Habitats have a life of their own. The challenge. Trying new things versus what's been proven in the past. Every day is a fascinating experience of adaptation and change. Learning all the time. What she recommends: For this role and degree, you'll need to be mechanically inclined. And you'll need a real passion for animals. Her number one piece of advice: do an internship. You'll discover a lot through an internship. "Your education will open doors, but you 'don't know what you don't know' when you first graduate. Follow your passion. Amanda Nalley Public Information Specialist, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Marine Fisheries Management Degree in English Literature, Environmental Studies college. When it came to a degree, though, her love of science was surpassed by another passion, English literature. But she couldn't escape her love for the outdoors and for the animals she'd worked with every summer. By graduation, she had earned her English lit degree as well as a second major in environmental studies. After graduation, she got a position working in outdoor environmental education, which took her to Alaska and Georgia. She soon realized that doing what you love is great, but paying the rent is helpful, too! She landed a job as a reporter for a newspaper and before long she noticed that she kept gravitating toward environmental news stories. She loved journalism but felt something was missing. When a position with FWC opened in 2011, she realized that all of the experience she had garnered along the way had prepared her for that opportunity. Among many other duties, she writes, edits, manages social media, provides content and photography, and speaks. She's now doing what she calls her "dream job." What she loves about her job: With 500 fisheries species to manage, the job is challenging and dynamic, changing day to day. Working with her team. Working with the media. Learning new things all the time. Educating others about fisheries issues. What she recommends: Learn as many skills as possible. If you're in a job that's not your dream job, don't lose hope. Think of it as a stepping stone; every job can create experience and the opportunity toward the right one. If you're a fisherman, you're likely aware of when, say, snapper season or lobster season opens, or what the legal limit is on your favorite fish. As the PIC with FWC (they love acronyms), it's Amanda's job to make sure the media, the public and other stakeholders are kept abreast of fishing regulations, are aware of when they change and understand why they exist. You might be wondering: how did an English lit degree take her to fisheries? Like many others in our career spotlight, Amanda didn't end up where she started. Or, maybe she did. She grew up in coastal Mississippi and at age six she began attending summer camp at a local aquarium, where her love for all things aquatic would take root. When she could no longer attend as a student, she became a camp counselor and continued through Amanda Nalley off St. Marks, Florida, while on an photo/video shoot. Photo: FWC.

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