After nearly 17 years, SCCF Land Conservation Steward Victor Young celebrated his last day with fellow staff on May 12. As a teenager, Victor started as a habitat management intern in 2005 and was hired full-time in 2006.
“Victor’s passion for SCCF and the conservation lands he helped manage was evident through his hard work and dependability,” said Wildlife & Habitat Management Director Chris Lechowicz. “His wide-ranging knowledge, skilled work, and humor will be sorely missed.”
Shortly after joining SCCF, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and was deployed several times. In the Coast Guard, he was stationed in a reserve port security unit, as a boat engineer, and later as a small boat Coxswain.
A true Floridian, Young grew up with a deep appreciation for nature and assisted at a young age with wildlife projects being conducted by multiple organizations that led to his internship at SCCF. In the Coast Guard, he acquired mechanical training that he later utilized at SCCF to help maintain and fix equipment and vehicles.
“It’s been a privilege to work for SCCF alongside such a talented, professional, and dedicated group,” said Young. “SCCF and this community are so lucky to have such an amazing team working here. I know there are so many good things to come for this organization.”
As part of his job at SCCF, he maintained fire lines and work trails, treated invasive exotic vegetation, led prescribed fires, and helped plan and initiate restorations.
“Victor’s knowledge of native landscapes and quick responses to exotic plant invasions really helped us to get on top of new threats,” said Lechowicz. “Most of all, Victor was willing to assist other departments and the people in them when needed. We wish him the very best in his new position at the Lee County Mosquito Control District.”