New Jersey Resident Receives Richard M. Sargent, Jr. Internship Award

New Jersey resident receives Richard M. Sargent, Jr. Internship Award

The Land Conservancy of New Jersey is pleased to announce that New Jersey resident, Andrew Wainwright, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Richard M. Sargent, Jr. Internship award. The award is named in memory of former Land Conservancy Trustee, Dick Sargent. The internship was established with a generous gift from the Sargent family, as well as donations to a memorial fund in Mr. Sargent’s memory.

Andrew graduated from American University in 2015, and is currently a graduate student at the Bloustein School in Public Policy. “Andrew is a pleasure to work with,” states Barbara Davis, Vice President of Programs for The Land Conservancy. “Andrew’s passion for the outdoors and keen interest in planning have been evident throughout his internship with our office. He has completed flood buy-out reports for Hackensack and Hillsdale in Bergen County, and is analyzing the history of the open space programs for communities as part of the updates to their Open Space and Recreation Plans. Our staff enjoys working with him and wish him great success as he accepts this award and continues his studies.”

Richard M. Sargent, Jr. was a dedicated conservationist who served on The Land Conservancy’s Board of Trustees for more than a decade. He spent his entire career working for Chubb Corporation where his lifelong interest in education led to his hiring as president and CEO of the Chubb Institute, which later became Chubb Computer Services. His energetic devotion to the outdoors was embodied in his work for the Land Conservancy – utilizing his corporate background to support the organization’s land preservation efforts. “Dick Sargent brought energy and vitality to The Land Conservancy. It is especially fitting that The Land Conservancy’s Internship Program is named in Dick’s memory,” said The Land Conservancy President, David Epstein.”

The Richard M. Sargent, Jr. Internship makes it possible for The Land Conservancy to attract talented college students each year to help accomplish its mission of preserving open space lands and protecting water resources in northern New Jersey, benefiting both the students and The Land Conservancy.

Interns gain valuable experience and develop their skills assisting with a variety of projects at The Land Conservancy, including research, mapping, planning, and writing open space plans. Throughout the years, students have come from a variety of universities including Drew, Penn State, Fairleigh Dickenson, Brandeis, Temple, and Rutgers. Their majors include Natural Resource Management, Geography and History, Environmental Policies, Wildlife Biology, Biology, Animal Science, Landscape Architecture, Commercial Recreation and Non-Profit Management.

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