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MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

 

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Yolanda Hawkins, Reservations / Visitor Service Specialist

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Yolanda provides an invaluable connection between
Mississippi’s teachers and the museum.

Congratulations, Yolanda on 21 years of service to the museum and our state!

Get to know her in the interview below.

 

WHAT’S YOUR WORKDAY LIKE?

 

My day starts by checking emails and checking in with visitor service staff to see if we have any changes on the schedule with attending schools or organizations for the day. The majority of my day is enlisting schools for touring and special programs the museum has to offer.

My interaction with administrators and teachers from different counties in Mississippi and different states is outstanding, because I get to build a connection with teachers that reschedule to visit the museum yearly.

 

ANY FUNNY WORK STORIES?

 

A typical call I get from reoccurring teachers that say:

“Hi Yolanda. This is Ms. Blank. You already know what we want and I DO NOT WANT TO SEE ANY snakes! Just put us down (on the schedule)”.

Remember, this is with no information given.

 

WOULD YOU SHARE  A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND?

 

I grew up in Hinds County with a love for horses.

 

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS CAREER?

 

This wonderful opportunity was presented to me in April 1998 – back when the museum was on Jefferson St. in downtown Jackson – and I moved forward with it. I’ll celebrate my 21st anniversary in April 2019!

 

HOW DOES YOUR JOB CONTRIBUTE TO CONSERVATION?

 

Our mission is to promote an appreciation for nature and respect of the environment and to preserve natural Mississippi.

I help promote that mission by scheduling school groups and different organizations to visit the museum. We offer an experience they may have never identified.

 

ANY ADVICE FOR A STUDENT INTERESTED IN A BIOLOGY OR MUSEUM CAREER?

 

The best advice I can give is to intern or become a museum volunteer!

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