Jen Weimer '02

JenWeimerForest Technology alum Jen Weimer talks about her forestry faculty, interaction with professionals while a student and her love of Forest Health. 

I entered the Thompson School as a non-traditional student after spending seven years as a Photographer. I’ve always had a love of the outdoors and a great passion for trees. When I decided to go back to school I knew I wanted to work outdoors with trees but wasn’t sure where to start until I discovered the Forest Technology Program at Thompson School. The Thompson School gave me the confidence and knowledge I needed to start my career path in Forestry.

My experience at the Thompson School was the best I’ve had compared to the other schools I have attended. I liked the small class size, hands on approach, and personal interaction with instructors. The Thompson School instructors are talented, dedicated and passionate about their work. They were always willing to take extra time to answer my questions and help with whatever I needed. They are also active within the industry and encourage participation in professional meetings which allowed me to interact with potential future employers. I met many of my current colleagues while I was a student and many of them are also Thompson School Alums.

The Thompson School prepared me to further my studies at UNH and develop my career path. In my final semester at the Thompson School I developed an interest in Entomology and Forest Pathology after taking a class in Forest Insects and Diseases. I finally knew what I wanted to do and was ready to move on to UNH. Upon graduating from the Thompson School I transferred to the Baccalaureate Program at UNH where I received my BS in Forestry with a minor in Plant Biology, concentrating on Plant Pest Management.

I now work for the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development Division of Forests and Lands. My career with the NH Division of Forests and Lands began as a Forest Technician intern while I was attending UNH. I am currently a Forest Health Specialist and monitor the condition of NH’s 4.8 million acres of forest! If you’d like to know what’s happening with NH’s forests you can follow me on twitter. I never would have made it this far without the encouragement of my instructors at the Thompson School and I owe all of my success to them.

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