How long have you been @ CWC?
I started as a Chintimini volunteer in November 2006, was elected to the board in March 2008, and served as President from July 2009 until December 2016.
What shift(s) are you on?
I am the team leader of the facilities crew. We generally meet Mondays from 9 until 2 with a break for lunch. If we are working on a large project, we may choose to work additional days during the week to complete the project and/or be available for any contractors that might need our help. I also drop in from time to time just to check and see what we need to be prepared for each Monday, and I'm generally on call for all emergencies.
Do you have a field of study (past or present)?
I have a formal education in Architecture and Urban Planning, with a BS in Environmental Design from California State Polytechnic College in Pomona, CA. I worked as an Urban Planner in both the private and public sectors. After 15 years as a planner, I changed careers and became the Information Technology Manager for another 17 years for the City of Salinas, CA, from which I retired in July 2004.
Are you employed outside of your CWC volunteer position?
I am one of seven directors of the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District elected to represent the residents of Benton County, and our mission is to engage Benton County residents in the conservation and stewardship of natural resources for current and future generations.
What is your favorite part about volunteering at CWC?
Working side-by-side with 80 of the most dedicated volunteers that support the Chintimini Wildlife Center mission.
Do you have a favorite or most memorable patient (past or present)?
I do not deal directly with patients, but with projects. Because of the team I work with, every project we take on is exciting and rewarding. I don't think I could single out just one project, but here are some of my favorites:
- The yurt and the community of CWC volunteers that worked to erect the yurt in 9 hours.
- The red barn, remodeled with the help of Tom and Tim Olson.
- The log cookie fence, working with the crew of Rick Lorraine and Logan Picton.
- The rebuilding of Sparky's new mew, with Mark Meyer as the lead.
- The rebuilding of the 60x30 and 30x30 flight cages after they collapsed from the weight of snow, with the help of Mark Meyer and Dave Hohler.
- The new front entry gate with the help of Mike Johnson.
- The green roof structure, constructed with the help of Mike and Dave.
- The electrical upgrade project, which has taken the entire facilities crew to work with the contractors, digging trenches and laying conduit for the new service.
These are just a few of the many projects I have overseen that would not have happened if it weren't for some of the most dedicated facilities volunteers and with the help of a great many people in our community, working to get Chintimini where it is today.
What is something that your shift may not know about you?
During my working career in the Salinas Valley, my wife and I owned and ran a cow/calf cattle operation. I attended the local community collage to take many of the Animal Science classes I needed and applied this knowledge to the ranch operation. Our interest in landscaping with native plants brought many new species of birds to our ranch. Before leaving our ranch and relocating to Corvallis in August 2006, we had recorded 90 species of birds on the ranch.
What book is currently on your nightstand?
Flintknapping - Making & Understanding Stone Tools.
What music is in your car right now?
In my truck, Country Western. In my car, OPB.
Where are you from?
Born and raised in Oakland, California
Volunteer Jerry Paul starting a new construction project at Chintimini.
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