Desiree Powell, Dept. of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Wildlife, Rifle Fish Hatchery, 20 years with the state
“I raise fish for the state of Colorado and then I deliver them to public waters like State Parks and Forest Service waters, places where people go fishing – fishing licenses help sustain the fishing hatchery section. If they didn’t have us the fish would decline tremendously.
Without public service Coloradans wouldn’t have a lot of fishing and hunting that we have. I like it when I get to educate children and teach them about wildlife and trying to preserve wildlife for their future.
We’re also the ones that are the first to see if something is not right with the water system, like pollution or water quality issues because of mining, etc. We’re always there to try to protect it because our number one goal is the fish and making sure that their survival is there for the public to enjoy.
Being a union member helps keep our higher ups accountable. As a public servant the state doesn’t necessarily always have your back, but the union does and they protect good workers and keep them working for the state. Sometimes management can lose sight of the actual goal of what public servants are trying to do, because of money and power. But us front line workers are still out here doing our jobs.”