Ann Marie Chapman

Shirley, NY, US
Field of Work 
Natural Resource Management
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Job Title or "Student" 
Visitor Services Manager
Mary Washington College
Environmental Science
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
Ann Marie Chapman originally hails from Manchester, Connecticut- where she spent the first 18 years of her life, but not much more after that! While working towards a double major in Environmental Science and Spanish at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Ann Marie spent her summers volunteering and interning with several federal agencies- including a Student Conservation Association (SCA) stint with the Forest Service in Tahoe National Forest, a SCA stint with the National Park Service at Prince William Forest Park, and with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers doing wetland delineation around the Fredericksburg area.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree, Ann Marie started work as a seasonal Park Ranger with the National Park Service; and soon after, was offered a Park Ranger position at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, Massachusetts. After spearheading an Urban Education Program and working at Great Meadows for three years, Ann Marie moved onto Pea Island NWR on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. During her five year tenure in North Carolina, Ann Marie also had the opportunity to work a temporary assignment with the DOI International Affairs Office on an ecotourism project (that double major in Spanish came in handy after all!).

In September 2007, Ann Marie accepted a position as a federal grants manager with the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office and oversaw federal grantee projects throughout Virginia and West Virginia. Although the NOAA experience was awesome, she eventually decided that the four-hour daily commute was just too much and accepted a position back with FWS at the Midwest Regional Office in the Twin Cities area, where oversaw youth employment, volunteers and Friends groups for the Midwest (3) Region for Fish and Wildlife.

After 5 1/2 years in the Midwest, Ann Marie accepted a position in Long Island, NY as the Visitor Services Manager for Long Island National Wildlife Refuges. In her current position, Ann Marie manages the visitor services of ten (10) refuges, including web sites, a facebook page, two fee programs, a visitor center, exhibit hall, contact station, pollinator gardens, and a variety of trails, signage and public recreation opportunities.
Working outdoors, Reading, Travel, Other
Race & Ethnicity 
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, Field trip participation, In-school visit, Job shadow, Online role model, Summer camp visit
My Experience 
I am a new Role Model.
Evenings, Weekdays, Weekends
Career exploration activities, Field trip hosting, Fun demonstrations or materials, Hands-on activities for students, Identifying other role models, Online Mentoring (email or Skype)
Program Affiliation 
Federal Employee
Federal Employee Bureau/Department 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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