CEC Welcomes Emma Wilson as its first SCA Americorps Intern

Emma at Anahuac National Wildlife refuge, featuring well-camouflauged mantis. 2020

Emma is a returned Peace Corps volunteer and a Forestry major/Recreation Management minor graduate from Stephen F. Austin State University.

While serving in the Peace Corps, Paraguay, the heart of South America and home of the pineapple, was Emma’s home for two years. She connected local, regional, and international environmental organizations to communities and schools in rural and semi-urban neighborhoods. While not working in a classroom, she fostered kittens, used baking to break down cultural barriers, and chatted in Spanish and Jopara with friends and neighbors over a glass of tereré, or Paraguayan iced tea.

As a native Houstonian, Emma has found camping and hiking to be a welcome balance to city life and was always intrigued by little discoveries of wildness in her backyard. She also seeks to unite her artistic talents with her passion for protecting the natural world. Because of that, she is excited to join CEC in spreading that joy to others in the community and future generations of outdoor explorers. Her internship is part of the Americorps program, in partnership with the Student Conservation Association.

Emma also loves drawing, craft projects, and snuggling with her two Paraguayan kitties. Her tastes in music are eclectic and she hates when people ask about her favorite book because there are just too many good choices. If you don’t see her behind the scenes at our Virtually Wild! programs, you might catch her biking along the White Oak Bayou trail.

Check out one of the Virtually Wild! videos she has produced:

CEC Welcomes Octavio Olvera as a digital media intern

Octavio Olvera is a senior at University of Houston-Downtown majoring in Marketing. He is set to graduate in the fall of 2021 and plans on working towards a master degree after graduation. He is very passionate and eager about growing his skills in digital media and is actively seeking to learn new skills to apply them in his future endeavors.

Octavio is focused on gaining hands on experience to get a taste of what its like to work at an organization like CEC. He believes this experience will help him contribute to his community and make a positive impact in this world. In his spare time, Octavio enjoys watching social media influencer videos, drawing, reading comics and working out at the gym.

Octavio can be reached at octavio.olvera@cechouston.org.

CEC Welcomes Jasmine Lee as an Accounting intern

Jasmine is a junior at Rice University majoring in Psychology, minoring in Business. She is set to graduate in May 2022 and plans on joining the Masters of Accounting program at Rice University upon graduation. She is highly passionate about applying her skills as a future accountant to organizations like CEC to make a bigger difference in the world.

Jasmine is very excited to gain real-world experience that she is looking for and learn how non-profits like CEC operate. She believes that only through efforts like this can we truly start to make a difference. Some things Jasmine enjoys doing during her time off is singing jazz, playing pool, and watching nature documentaries.

Jasmine is open to employment or summer opportunities and can be reached at jasmine.lee@cechouston.org.