On the Ranch
By Conservation Science Director C. Ellery Mayence
The definition of change — to make or become different — is a rather universally agreed upon concept. What varies is how an individual deals with change, whether they see it as a positive — and potentially an opportunity, a negative — and possibly a burden, or simply neutral — with no meaningful impact.
Some believe, myself included, that change keeps the mind active and the creativity flowing. On the other hand, too much or the wrong kind of change can be discouraging in that constant disruption negates one’s ability to develop a rhythm and be efficient in whatever one is doing.
Change is something the Conservancy has become accustomed to — on what seems like a daily basis. We experience change in scenery transitioning from chaparral to oak woodland, change in weather as the seasons come and go, and change in staffing as employees transition through the ranks of the organization and on to other places of employment.
The Conservancy, owing to the need to constantly multitask, is an organization where one has the opportunity to refine existing skills, while simultaneously developing new ones. As such, working at the Conservancy allows for the proliferation of knowledge, skills, and abilities across a range of disciplines. Depending on career goals — there may become a time when the day to day becomes too routine and change is required — forcing one to look beyond the confines of the organization for not-yet-encountered opportunities — and challenges. The void left by departing staff represents new opportunities for remaining staff — and the cycle continues.
My decision to depart the Conservancy after nearly four years is about opportunity — and the need to change not just my place of employment, but also my surroundings, not solely for myself, but also for my immediate family. Our lives have been defined by change — and this is not likely to cease anytime soon — it is simply time to open a new chapter.
For those with whom I developed friendships over the past few years, and there are quite a few of you out there, thank you for all the memorable times. No doubt my knowledge and level of understanding are richer as a result.
In parting, I say embrace change even if it does not immediately seem overly positive — as noteworthy opportunities are likely to present themselves as a result. I also encourage you to continue embracing the Conservancy — as the organization needs your support more than ever.
The work of the Conservancy is vital to ensuring the ecological assets of Tejon Ranch are managed for the benefit of California’s future generations — and this is a directive that must not change. Thank you!