12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Join the Ventura College MESA Speaker Series to learn about internships and employment opportunities with the U.S. Department of Agriculture & the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Friday, Nov. 12 at 12:30 p.m.
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Are you interested in pursuing careers in:

  • Natural resources
  • Agriculture 
  • Soil conservation & science
  • Biology
  • Range management
  • Engineering

Attend this session to learn more about the Pathways Program which helps agencies recruit and hire well-qualified student interns and recent graduates.


Victor Hernandez
Outreach Coordinator & Sociologist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service
Hernandez has developed the ‘Growing Together’ Latino Farmer Conference and the ‘Growing Together’ Black Farmer Conference with urban farmers. He has also been involved in outreach initiatives with farmer veterans and southeast Asian farming communities.


Arionne Patterson
Administrative Assistant & State Pathways Coordinator
B.S. in Agriculture Business at Prairie View A&M University M.S. in Agriculture Education at Purdue University
Patterson spent her summers from 2015 as a USDA 1890 scholarship student and USDA Pathways Program intern. Earlier this year, she came on board permanently with the NRCS team in the Management and Strategy division and is currently serving as the State Pathways Program Coordinator.

Juan Alejandre
Civil Engineer & Area Earth Team Coordinator
B.S. in Civil Engineering at Fresno State
Before joining NRCS full-time, Alejandre spent time in the private sector and completed the Pathways intern program in a number of NRCS field offices in the Central Valley and Siskiyou County. He came on board with the NRCS team in 2019 as field office engineer at the Modesto Service Center. Currently, Alejandre is the field office engineer in Hollister serving San Benito and Santa Clara County.


Ventura College Mesa Program Speaker Series USDA Pathways Program & Earth Team. Friday Nov. 12 at 12:30 p.m., Meeting ID
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