This summer, Sarah Reap, a senior urban forestry major, is tending to the health and well-being of Colorado's trees as an intern with SavATree in Colorado Springs. Although her internship lasts until August, we reached out to her to learn more about her experience thus far.
What are your duties as an intern?
As an intern I get to switch around and see all aspects of the company, which is really cool because most employees only get to see one or two aspects of the company. During my first couple of weeks with SavATree I was on the plant health care crews, which are mainly focused on carrying out foliar treatments for pests, as well as doing borer treatments and other specialized sprays for insects such as tussock moth and bud worm. The next couple of weeks I was placed on the general tree care side, which mainly focuses on pruning, tree removals and grinding stumps. I also was lucky enough to go out with the arborist, conduct sales pitches and spend a few days in the office to see how routing and customer service is performed.
Do you feel this experience has enhanced your time as a forestry undergraduate?
This experience has greatly benefited my undergraduate career because I have gotten a huge amount of hands on experience by working 35-40 hours a week. It has also been a really great experience to leave Texas for a summer and learn a whole new selection of plants and insects and diseases.
What was your favorite part about the internship?
My favorite part of this internship has been learning so much more about what trees need to survive, what type of insects and diseases can affect trees and how those trees are treated by arborists. It has been a huge learning experience, and I am really grateful for what I have learned. I discovered SavATree through another student who did this internship in Maine last summer. She highly recommended it. Overall this experience has been great, and I really enjoy being in Colorado (it is absolutely beautiful!). I have been able to gain a whole new set of knowledge and skills and better understand what it is like to be a professional arborist.