Naomi: What is your dream job and why?
Jenna: My dream job is a job that lets me combine my passion for historical research with the preservation of historical records. The National Park Service is the best of both worlds, because I get to work with unique collections that span many topics and see the interpretation of those records in action. Often the scientists and park staff that create the records are right down the hall or a phone call away. It is invaluable to actually get to work with and talk with the records creators.
Naomi: If you could take any of your hobbies and create a job out of them or integrate it into your job what would it be? And how?
Jenna: I like being outdoors and learning about nature. This has been a tremendous asset while working in Everglades National Park. My appreciation of the outdoors has helped me gain a better understanding of the science records that have been created by the park.
Naomi: Favorite library you have been to?
Jenna: Hands down the Library of Congress. There is something about that building that still to this day makes me stand in awe. When you think of the history encompassed in that building it’s pretty amazing.
Naomi: Favorite book?
Jenna: To Kill a Mockingbird. I remember reading it in eighth grade and it has remained one of my favorite books.
Naomi: Favorite thing about libraries/ library technology?
Jenna: The thing I like most about archival work is the ability to preserve documents that were created decades ago and leave a legacy behind. It’s a great feeling knowing that these documents are accessible to researchers for generations to come partially because of the work I’ve done.
Naomi: Best piece of job hunting advice?
Jenna: My best piece of advice is to be persistent when looking for jobs and don’t get discouraged. I would also recommend taking on volunteer opportunities or internships for students still in school. So much of job hunting is making connections with people, and you never know when you will meet someone that can help you get a job.
Jenna is the project archivist at the South Florida Collections Management Center located in Everglades National Park. She will be celebrating her fourth year with the National Park Service in January and has had the opportunity to work at three National Parks across the country. She has a M.A. in public history from Wright State University (Dayton, Ohio) and a B.A. in history from Miami University (Ohio).