Nature Program Manager
Supervisory Seasonal Naturalist
In May 2013, Becca began working with the Nature Program as an Intern Naturalist and has been with them ever since. She is also a seasonal employee of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, a long-term partner of the IBSP Nature Program, as a Parks Conservation Coordinator. Born and raised five minutes away from the Jersey shore, Becca received her B.S. in Ecology & Natural Resources from Rutgers University in the fall of 2013. As an avid lover of nature, she was an outdoor facilitator for the Rutgers GO Outdoors Program, where she planned, led, & facilitated outdoor adventure based programs. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, exercising, eating (a lot), and spending time with family and friends.
Administrator Assistant Naturalist
Elaine is currently an educator in the Central Bucks School District in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Her love of nature and water brought her to Island Beach State Park as a volunteer during the summers in the early 1990’s. During this time, she helped with the early kayak tours, the herbarium mounts, banding osprey, displays, and seining before becoming part of the seasonal staff. Elaine graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and minored in American history and received my Masters in Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision from Rider University. Elaine says, “There’s never enough time to do everything I want to fit in to life, but I truly love to learn and enjoy inspiring others to learn too! Give me a free moment and you may find me birding, gardening, hiking, reading, writing, or volunteering.”
Sue received her B.A. in Geography from Hunter College in NY. She has worked as a volunteer on many environmental projects including monitoring piping plovers, trail maintenance and monitoring rivers in Monmouth County. She has also worked as a Seasonal Naturalist at IBSP for the past four years. In her free time, Sue enjoys hiking and kayaking with her husband and son.
David is a retired Soil Conservationist, former Director Ocean County Soil Conservation District, and previous Co-Chair of the Barnegat Bay Partnership. It is his first year working with the IBSP Nature Program.
Charles, more known as “Karcsi”, is a former student at the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES). He will be going to Stevens Institute of Technology in the Fall as a chemical engineering major. Throughout Charles’ high school career, he completed three independent research projects involving Microbial Fuel Cell technology and Plastic Pyrolysis. Charles is an avid birder and a volleyball player. He loves classic rock and R&B Soul. If you want to find out more, check out his website at http://charleshomoki.weebly.com/.
Hailey loved visiting Island Beach State Park with my family as a kid, and she is so happy to be coming back for her second summer working here! She also interned at Sedge Island her freshman year of high school. Hailey is a huge nature-lover who is going to be attending Rutgers University in the fall to study marine biology. In her spare time, Hailey loves crafting, baking, going to the beach, and hanging out with friends.
Chris started working for the IBSP Nature Program in November 2015, and continues to return as a seasonal employee each summer. He is currently a rising sophomore at Cornell University majoring in Environmental and Sustainability Sciences. As an avid birder and an employee at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, he happily leads birding tours for the Nature Program and will be supervising a flagship research project to document bird biodiversity on the island this summer. In his free time, Chris enjoys playing lacrosse, kayaking, birding, and relaxing with friends and family.
Sophia began volunteering at Island Beach State Park during her junior year of high school and now, a year later, has joined the Nature Program as a seasonal employee. Always having had a passion for the environment and wildlife, she participates in Project Terrapin, a program facilitated by the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science, through which she aids in research and education about diamondback terrapins and raises hatchlings for eight months to be released. Having graduated in the Class of 2017, Sophia will be pursuing an education in Environmental Science at Stockton University. In her free time, she enjoys reading, singing, hiking, going to the beach, and hanging out with friends and family.
Brendan is a first-year naturalist at Island Beach State Park. He graduated from the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES) in June 2017, and he will be attending North Carolina State University in the Fall of 2017, where he will be double majoring in Chemical Engineering and Paper Science and Engineering. As an outdoors enthusiast, Brendan spends much of his time hiking, birding, kayaking, and camping. Additionally, he is a volunteer firefighter at Ocean Fire Company No. 1 in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. Brendan also enjoys hanging with friends, listening to classic rock, and going out for a bite to eat.
This is Emma’s first year working as a naturalist at Island Beach State Park. She attended the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science her freshman year, before transferring to Central Regional High School, where she actively participates as a cheerleader and a member of the National Honor Society. She also serves on the fundraising committee for the Class of 2019 and is the secretary for Student Congress. During her free time, Emma enjoys going to the beach, birding, and hanging with friends.
Nicolette graduated in May 2017 with a B.S in Wildlife Conervation and Mangement from Delaware Valley University. This is her first summer working for the Nature Center as a Naturalist and she absolutely loves it! She grew up in northern New Jersey and lives at her family’s shore house during the summer about 10 minutes from Island Beach State Park. She hopes to be able to become a NJ Fish and Wildlife Officer or Federal Wildlife Officer later on in her career. In her free time she enjoys the beach, ocean water activities, reading books and spending time with her family and dog.
Dan is currently an upcoming senior at the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science in Manahawkin. This is his first season working with the Nature Program, and he is excited to continue the knowledge he gains every day he works. His passion, birds and birding, has taught him a great deal about the natural world, and he loves working at one of the best birding hotspots on the East Coast. In addition to birding, Dan uses his free time to play his saxophone, listen to all genres of music, and watch the latest Yankee game.