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Health and Safety Team

Molly Hurst Director of Safety and Student Life

Originally from Coastal California, Molly brings a wide variety of experience to the role Director of Safety and Student Life at SFS. hrough her studies at Humboldt State University and University of Hawaii at Manoa, she began her career in marine mammal research, working on several Earthwatch projects, as well as through private research organizations. After discovering an interest in African wildlife, Molly spent several years as an Animal Care Specialist at a wildlife park in Texas. During this time, as a member of the local fire department, she trained as a fire fighter, an EMT, a Wilderness First Responder, a Swift Water Rescue Technician, and a Safety Officer. With a strong enthusiasm for field learning and experiential education, Molly served as a Student Affairs Manager (SAM) at three SFS field stations since 2008 including Mexico, Kenya and Tanzania. Molly joined the staff at SFS Headquarters in 2012.


Alyssa Corbett King Safety and Student Life Manager

Alyssa grew up in Malvern, Pennsylvania and graduated from Tufts University in 2008 with a degree in Biology and Environmental Studies. While at Tufts, Alyssa played varsity women’s lacrosse and studied abroad in Kenya with SFS in 2006. The study abroad experience cemented Alyssa’s interest in conservation and field research, which led to her explore research opportunities at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, Turner Endangered Species Fund, and International Fund for Animal Welfare. Alyssa then spent four years in the field of veterinary medicine as the manager and head veterinary technician of a local animal hospital, while also completing a graduate degree in Animals and Public Policy from Tufts University. Alyssa then pursued an interest in non-profit management at Earthwatch, where she managed a profile of grants that supported students, teachers, and corporate employees on international scientific research expeditions. There, Alyssa worked on all aspects of expedition preparation, including risk management. Alyssa joined SFS in 2014 as the Safety and Student Life Manager, a role where she was able to combine her passion for conservation, medicine, and risk management. Alyssa is a certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR).