Hello! My name is Jillian Clemente, and I am a May 2019 Magna Cum Laude with Honors graduate West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va. I earned a B.S.J in Journalism and B.S. in Wildlife & Fisheries Resource Management with a minor in Conservation Ecology to help bring new storytelling mediums into the science realm.
I am currently serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA for Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area as the Sustainability Coordinator. Think Peace Corps, but in America for a non-profit. I work on getting people connected to the trail and to the river through various projects. Most recently, I led a group to plant a rain garden in a park and am currently continuing to remotely work to set up a new volunteer management system. All of this while trying to plan a wedding during pandemic times!
In the fall prior, I had the privilege of working with birds of prey at Hawk Mountain as a conservation science and education trainee. In the past, I’ve worked in Wyoming for Safari Club International Foundation in Summer 2017 as the intern, leading teachers on hikes about native flora and fauna, teaching them how to operate .22 rifles safely, and more. In Summer 2016, I worked at my hometown paper, The Reading Eagle, and continue to enjoy studying birds and fishes.
While at WVU, I was a lab and field technician for Dr. Todd Petty in the Davis College of Natural Resources. I’ve collected environmental DNA (eDNA) samples, gathered eastern hellbender research, and picked macroinvertebrate samples according to EPA protocol. I’ve also done research on fracking and how it affects fish populations and people’s thoughts on the matter.
I’ve traveled to the World Conference of Science Journalists 2017 as a student fellow and covered two events. My research for Dr. Petty was funded through a grant I wrote.
My outdoor adventures and most current work are documented under my blog roll. Admittedly, this does not get updated as frequently as I’d like it to be. We’re all still trying our best, right?
My contact info is on my resume, and please contact me for references.