Quail Forever is proud to announce Melanee Berlin has been hired as a new habitat partnership specialist in North Carolina. The position will help connect Quail Forever’s current and future partners and grantors, while also encouraging people to foster a love of grassland habitat and wildlife.
Berlin grew up an avid hunter in central Michigan, where her father and uncle helped foster her love for the natural world and conservation. She attended Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C., where she received her bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language. Following her undergraduate, Berlin worked several outdoor oriented temporary jobs, which helped spur her to pursue a career in conservation. She returned to school and graduated from Miami University with a master’s degree in biological sciences, with a focus on wildlife conservation and education.
“Growing up as a woman that hunted and loved the outdoors, I didn’t know if there was a space for me in the conservation world or the possibility of a career in this field,” Berlin said. “So I’m thrilled to be a part of a team that works to combine my interests.”
As part of her new position, Berlin will create a grant management system and track partnership programs, while helping develop educational and marketing materials, newsletters and other ways for the public in North Carolina to access information about Quail Forever's work in the south.
“Melanee brings much needed creativity and organization to the team as a partnership specialist,” said Jess McGuire, Quail Forever’s working lands for wildlife bobwhite program coordinator. “She’s jumped right in and is providing just the lift we need. I'm looking forward to seeing her progress as we get moving.”
Berlin will be based in Rutherfordton, N.C., west of Charlotte. Outside of work, she can be found hiking the trails around Rutherfordton or cooking her way through Gordon Ramsey cookbooks.
About Pheasants Forever
and Quail Forever
make up the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. This community of more than 400,000 members, supporters and partners is dedicated to the protection of our uplands through habitat improvement, public access, education and advocacy. A network of 754 local chapters spread across North America determine how 100 percent of their locally raised funds are spent — the only national conservation organization that operates through this grassroots structure. Since its creation in 1982, the organization has dedicated more than $1 billion to 567,500 habitat projects benefiting 22 million acres.