Meet Our Intern Class of 2017: Thomas Chupela

Since 2000, more than 60 students and recent graduates have taken the opportunity to work with The Land Conservancy of New Jersey.  Each intern represents a unique set of talents, abilities, backgrounds, interests, and fields of study; however, our interns all share an intense concern for environmental well-being.

Thomas is a recent graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey, an Environmental Studies major with a minor in Public Policy. He was involved in the Visual Artists Society, 1STEP (the environmental club on campus), and the Sustainable Living Facilities and also volunteered regularly with the Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization.

“I chose to intern here because I believe open space preservation is extremely important, especially in a state like New Jersey that has undergone such rapid growth and development in recent decades. I wanted to work for an organization that is dedicated to preserving open space and the environment.,” said Thomas.

Since interning with The Land Conservancy, one of the main projects Thomas has been working on is the Open Space and Recreation Plan for Edison. “Being a resident of Edison, it’s giving me a lot of insight on my town and its various recreation and open space opportunities, as well as how existing conditions can be improved,” he said. He has also been working the Environmental Resource Inventory Update for Washington Township in Gloucester County, trail grants for Madison and Hanover, and most recently with the Trails Map Update for Livingston where he needs to GPS and assess the different trails in Livingston.

Thomas is currently working towards getting a full-time position in the sustainability/environmental field.