Brandon Gutteridge, Lee’s Summit, is serving in the National Civilian Community Corps, assigned to a team working with the Iowa River Corridor and Necedah Wildlife Refuge in Chelsea, Iowa and Necedah, Wis.
The team is assisting natural resource management including conducting prescribed burns, invasive species control, native seed collection and interpretive programs to educate the public on the native habitat and wildlife. The Necedah Wildlife Refuge is home to approximately 12 rare plant species and several listed animal species.
Gutteridge has been serving with the National Civilian Community Corps, an AmeriCorps program, in Vinton, Iowa, since Feb. 5, 2013. Each team serves on average on four-seven projects during their 10-month term of service with NCCC.
Prior to joining NCCC, Gutteridge graduated from Truman State University in May 2011. AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, residential, national service program in which 1,100 young adults, 18 to 24 years old, serve nationwide each year. The receive $5,550 to help pay for college, or to pay back existing student loans, a small living stipend, room and board, and develop leadership skills. For more information about AmeriCorps NCCC visit www.americorps.gov/