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I currently serve as the Environmental Planner for the City of Salisbury and Wicomico County. The position entails minimizing the adverse impacts associated with development by protecting natural resources and adequately managing the land. The courses I completed in the Department of Geography and Geosciences played a major role in my ability to carry out the functions of this position. Whether it is the appreciation of natural resources or the understanding of the importance of development, all the courses I completed in the program have helped me find a balance in my current position. Working in a smaller Planning Department requires employees to have multiple skill sets and take a holistic approach when developing solutions; as a result, the GIS (Geographic Information Systems) skills I obtained have proved invaluable in the day-to-day functions of my current position. Additionally, the host of Planning courses I completed prepared me to complete an internship with the Maryland Department of Planning, provided through the Department of Geography and Geosciences. The experience I gained from the internship coupled with the knowledge I obtained through my course work prepared me to become a successful Environmental Planner.
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