MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
STAFF SPOTLIGHT: LISA HORTON
Lisa Horton has been greeting museum visitors for the past 2.5 years.
Read on to learn more about Lisa and her important advice for students interested in a biology or museum career.
WHAT’S YOUR WORKDAY LIKE?
I arrive at work at 8 a.m. and report to the front desk or where I am needed for the day. I handle administrative tasks, greet guests, and help with museum admission.
ANY FUNNY WORK STORIES?
It’s always a funny story when my co-workers and I get together talking about work or life. I don’t have just one story – I have many!
WOULD YOU SHARE A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND?
I grew up in Jackson, MS and am the third of seven kids. I attended numerous schools and graduated from Jim Hill High School.
I attended Hinds Community College where I studied Neonatal Care and interned at Disney World’s Epcot Center – which was very exciting 🙂
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS CAREER?
I chose this career because I want to learn about nature, venture out of my element, and try new things with some amazing biologists.
HOW DOES YOUR JOB CONTRIBUTE TO CONSERVATION?
My job contributes to conservation by helping guests to be more involved with nature – that it’s more than what you see on television.
Before technology, humans lived off of the land and I want to let the community know that it’s not all about social media or Google.
You can actually find a lot of amazing things just right outside of your own front door.
ANY ADVICE FOR A STUDENT INTERESTED IN AN ART, BIOLOGY, OR MUSEUM CAREER?
I encourage students that want to study biology to come out and see what the museum has to offer.
We have a great volunteer program where you can be hands-on with the animals and side by side with biologists in the field that you are looking to pursue.
We also have summer internships where you’re not only having fun, but also learning and getting great experience that will help you in your field.