Staff Spotlight: Jessica Modriskey

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Jessica joined our team in June! She is a recent graduate of Florida State University where she double majored in Environmental Studies and Geography as well as minored in Urban and Regional Planning. Before joining Conservation Florida, she spent a year interning with the Florida Fish and Wildlife’s Bear Management Program. During this time, Jessica found a love for conservation and wildlife management through data work, field work, and outreach. She also spent time working at Disney’s Animal Kingdom where she advocated for Disney’s Conservation Fund.

Growing up a military child, away from her family’s home state of Florida, Jessica has an acute appreciation for Florida’s natural beauty and unique wildlife. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, and spending time outdoors.

I have always hated the question “where are you from?” because I never knew how to answer it. Being raised in a military family, a “hometown” never really existed. The only place that has ever felt like home was my beautiful state of Florida.

I grew up loving the tall pines and the thick saw palmetto. I dreamed of seeing panthers and manatees. I longed for the day I could permanently call Florida my home. To this day, I love being able to see a beautiful coastline, crystal-clear springs, thick swamps, or open prairies all in one state.

Florida has been, and will always be, my home. I’m dedicated to saving wild Florida so future generations can enjoy all the beauty that I’ve been lucky enough to experience in my lifetime.

I feel lucky to be a part of Conservation Florida. This team is truly dedicated and highly motivated to protect natural and agricultural lands for future generations.
— Jessica Modriskey
Conservation Florida