Corpsmember Highlight: Matt Johnson
Since January 2023, Matt Johnson has been working through the Conservation Corps of Minnesota & Iowa program, serving as the Communications Outreach Specialist for the SNA Program. His primary focus is on social media marketing and content creation (writing, photography, etc.)
What is the best part about your job (and why)?
Working through the Conservation Corps of Minnesota & Iowa, I am serving as the Communications Outreach Specialist for the SNA Program. I primarily focus on social media marketing and content creation (writing, photography, etc.)
What gets you excited about your work (and why)?
The most exciting part of my work is the variety. While on the surface, it may seem like my job is rather structured, there are always new twists and turns that keep it interesting. When it comes to working with social media, there are constantly new events to promote and interesting things to highlight. I also enjoy looking at the analytics for the posts in order to find out what kind of content the audience likes, in order to tailor future posts to their tastes. When it comes to my other tasks, such as content creation, I simply enjoy working within a variety of mediums; writing, editing, and photography are all interests of mine, so it is really exciting that I get to do them all to varying degrees.
What is your favorite way to spend time outdoors (and why)?
Growing up, I spent quite a bit of time outdoors. I have memories of my family taking camping trips, going fishing, and generally just playing with neighborhood friends outside. As I grew up, I admittedly become less outdoorsy, but I still always enjoy taking long walks or riding my bike. I have found that those activities, in addition to being physically healthy, are also great for my mental health. There is just something so refreshing about being outside.
Originally published in SNA Nature Notes – Spring 2023. Republished with permission from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Scientific and Natural Areas Program.