Having grown up on the California coast, I’ve loved working with my hands and spending the majority of my day in the sun for as long as I can remember. My 2016-2017 internship with STRAW was the first opportunity I was given to combine my passion for physical fieldwork with my love for environmental education into a career. As a restoration technician with STRAW, I support my teammates with overall site prepping tasks and restoration and maintenance fieldwork duties at STRAW’s riparian and wetland sites in Sonoma and Marin Counties.
I’m drawn to aquatic and riparian work, especially that which involves the Endangered Species Act and habitat restoration—convenient seeing as the marriage of the two is how STRAW’s story began with the endangered California freshwater shrimp! Since interning at Point Blue, I’ve worked for NatureBridge in Olympic National Park teaching about salmon and the Elwha River restoration and backpacking with students on the Olympic coast. I then worked for US Fish and Wildlife monitoring endangered and threatened species of sucker and trout in southern Oregon.
It was hard to stay away from Point Blue for long; I’m back as a tech and doing what I love most with the best team on the planet. That includes anything outside, especially but not limited to: eating food, road biking, backpacking, and chasing my chickens back into their coop.
Email: Jessie Ditmore