Jared has worked collaboratively with private and public landowners on a variety of restoration, monitoring, and education projects for over ten years with the Council. He has been working with local students since 2004 on a variety of field-based learning projects including water quality monitoring, aquatic habitat inventories, macroinvertebrate sampling and analysis, and riparian restoration and monitoring efforts. During that time, he worked closely with partners to develop an education program which was directly integrated with the Council’s restoration program. In addition, Jared worked with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for 7 years on a wide range of projects including snorkel and spawning surveys, aquatic habitat inventories, and coordinating STEP volunteer and education initiatives in the Upper Willamette Region.
Amanda has worked with a variety of local watershed councils for over fifteen years in multiple aspects and capacities. Throughout her time, she has provided superior grant and organizational accounting, administrative support and managed the Council’s outreach, operational, and fundraising efforts. Amanda is a native Oregonian and received her bachelors of science degree in Environmental Science with a specialization in Natural Resource Policy and Planning from Oregon State University.
Jennifer has a bachelor of landscape architecture degree, focusing on ecological design from the University of Oregon. She has worked in a variety of roles with the Council since 2012. She works with private and public landowners on collaborative restoration, monitoring, and education projects. She has worked with local students on a variety of field-based and hands-on learning projects with students involved in STEM education, native plant restoration, nursery activities, water quality monitoring and aquatic habitat inventories since 2008. In addition, she has worked extensively with GIS for 8 years. Jennifer currently manages Council restoration and enhancement projects.
Chase has a bachelor of science in environmental studies from the University of Oregon. He interned with the Council as a Salmon Watch assistant during 2016 and volunteered on field trips during the 2017 season, before joining the Council in 2018. When he isn’t helping with Council Operations, he enjoys boating and angling on the McKenzie River.
Lara has a B.S. in Horticulture and a minor in Natural Resource Sciences from Washington State University, a graduate certificate in Sustainable Natural Resources, and Master of Natural Resources from Oregon State University. She has worked for the North Olympic Land Trust and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe in Washington State and is enthusiastic about ecological restoration of rivers and their surrounding landscapes. Lara served as a resident partner with the Council representing the Vida area of the McKenzie River from 2017 to 2021 when she began working as a watershed restoration specialist. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, camping, foraging, and raising a flock of chickens.
Jessica holds a B.S. in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability minoring in Watershed Science from Colorado State University. Before joining the Council, she worked for various 501c3 organizations with missions of actively engaging local communities in stewardship projects and restoration efforts across the State of Colorado. During this time, she worked closely with local, state, and federal land management agencies to develop technical scope of work for both post-fire and post-flood locations. In her free time, you are likely to find her along a trail, on a peak, or up a canyon.
Alex Enriquez studied biology at Swarthmore College. They have lived all over the country, including in Iowa where they co-founded a Pride festival in the small town where they lived. Alex has worked in a variety of fields including horticulture, science education, and politics as well as restoration. They enjoy biking, kayaking, and gardening.
Joseph is a born-and-raised Oregonian and is originally from Grants Pass, Oregon. He has a B.S. degree from the University of Oregon in Environmental Science and Philosophy, with minors in Biology and Sustainable Business Management. Joseph was a part of the 2021 UO Environmental Leadership Program that provided data-driven recommendations to the City of Eugene regarding forest management in Hendricks Park in Eugene. Joseph has had diverse professional experience in customer service, horticulture, land and education stewardship, and landscaping. Prior to joining the Council, Joseph worked for the Institute of Applied Ecology in Corvallis as a Conservation Research Technician to monitor recovery efforts for threatened Nelson’s checkermallow and endangered Kincaid’s lupine throughout the mid-Willamette Valley area. He is passionate about climate change, natural climate mitigation, and resiliency strategies. In his free time, he enjoys running, hiking, gardening, playing music, and going on adventures with his family.