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GBI Staff Profile: Marina McCreary

GBI Staff Profile: Marina McCreary

“I work as the Logistics Manager with GBI,” says Marina McCreary. “I’m your ‘things and stuff’ gal! I help manage physical inventory and tracking for programs, coordinate various training sessions for field crew members, and support acquisition of field gear and supplies.” It sounds simple enough, but the logistical requirements of fielding the number and variety of crews that GBI does is not to be downplayed. Traditionally, logistics have been handled by individual project managers with assistance from GBI leadership. But as the scope and scale of GBI’s work have grown, so has the need for a dedicated Program Operations department, currently consisting of Terry Christopher, Nathan Brown-Silveira, Brian Corcoran, Derek Christopher, and, of course, Marina.

Marina went to college straight out of high school, initially pursuing a perhaps surprising discipline: vocal performance. “I spent many years studying vocal repertoire and performing in operas,” she tells us. “I loved my time singing, but realized a little late in the game that I didn’t have aspirations to be a professional musician.” With this realization, Marina pivoted rather dramatically. She started volunteering and spent time with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies on bird banding projects and assisting with veg plots for Scotts Bluff National Monument. In 2017, she decided to go back to college and in December 2019, she earned a B.S. in Rangeland Management with a focus in Ecology. “After my graduation, I spent field seasons as a rangeland and botany technician with the University of North Dakota, the University of Idaho, and served an AmeriCorps term with GBI in 2020. I served a second AmeriCorps term with Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) and was later hired with them as the Beautification and Cleanups Program Manager. I was responsible for organizing and managing large scale volunteer cleanup events like the Great Community Cleanup, the Truckee River Cleanup, and Christmas Tree Recycling.” She spent two years with KTMB before joining GBI in her current position in March 2024.

Marina’s return to GBI has been fortuitous for both her and the Institute. The assistance that she and the Operations team have provided have ensured smoother roll-out of seasonal field activities. And Marina’s experiences on the other side of these activities have given her insight into the need for crews to have the gear and material support necessary to carry out safe, effective, and efficient completion of the tasks. “It’s been wonderful to return to the organization that originally brought me out west! My AmeriCorps term with GBI taught me how to be flexible and roll with the punches” she explains. “Now that I’ve returned to the GBI team, I’ve been loving working collaboratively with folks who are passionate about outdoor research and conservation.”

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