Friends of NJSOC Welcome Program Coordinator

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The Friends of New Jersey School of Conservation is pleased to announce the hiring of the first New Jersey School of Conservation (NJSOC) employee since Montclair State University turned the environmental education center back to the State of New Jersey in 2020 citing financial problems.

Jessica Shea has been hired as the program coordinator and will take responsibility for planning and managing public programming, and scheduling teacher training and elementary school environmental education programs for the Friends of NJSOC. The Friends have been operating the School of Conservation under a limited access agreement with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection since May 2021.

“The New Jersey School of Conservation is a place of inspiration and hope for the future of our state’s environmental education movement and the preservation of our beautiful natural resources,” said Ms. Shea. “It’s an honor to be an active part of helping New Jerseyans see the practice of conservation as a way of life.”

Ms. Shea is a volunteer EMT and Vice President of Califon First Aid Squad. She has a background in community health, grants management and higher education. Jessica has her MA in Labor Studies and is an Alumna of Douglass College (English ’02). Her interests include Girl Scouts, amateur drag racing, hiking and freshwater fishing.

“The Friends are thrilled to welcome Jessica to the NJSOC family as the School’s first employee since 2020,” said Kerry Kirk Pflugh, president of the Friends of NJSOC. “Her talents and enthusiasm for environmental education and the outdoors as well as her organizational and planning skills make her a valued addition to our team as we move forward in rebuilding the School’s programs and staff.”

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