Lewis and Clark Water Quality Protection District & Lake Helena Watershed Group; Helena, MT
Originally from the Midwest, Valerie grew up in the state of Michigan and attended college in Indiana where she focused on ecological research in a wide variety of environments, from the northern region of Wisconsin to an island off the coast of Panama. Striving to find a confluence between society and environmental science, her interest in natural resource management grew. Upon graduation, she moved to Wyoming where she worked intimately with river and stream systems as a technician for the Bureau of Land Management. After the seasonal position ended, she applied to the Big Sky Watershed Corps program and found herself in Helena, Montana as of January 2017, where she serves for the Lewis and Clark County’s Water Quality Protection District and Lake Helena Watershed Group. When she’s not in the office or the field, you can find her hiking in the mountains, birding, or reading a book. Laughing, spending time with friends, learning new things, and GIS are some of her favorite things.