Fabiola Torres is a current graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles. She gained interest in working for public lands upon starting her bachelor’s degree in general biology in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, when she got a part-time job as a Park Ranger at the Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge. While there, she conducted wildlife surveys and restoration and conservation projects. Since graduating and continuing professional work for the natural environment, she kept developing a fascination for research, management, education and the outdoors. Right after graduation, she started working as a full-time Biological Science Technician for the US Department of Agriculture studying small Indian mongoose for a rabies project. In between each job she made space for volunteer work. Through the work she has done with several government agencies and nonprofits, Fabiola has expanded her abilities to work in an office environment as well as in the field, handle animals, coordinate restoration projects, conduct field surveys and scientific research, and serve as a conservation program manager. Some of the fauna she has worked with in the past include: fish, sea turtles, coral reefs, mongoose, frogs and toads, rats, racoons, skunks, sea lions, manatees, elephant seals, birds, and others.
Intern Year(s): 2020
Location: Klamath Falls Field Office
Program: Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program (DFP)
Agency: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service