Peter, Watershed Health Specialist

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Meet Pete….

Tell us about your career journey in the mountains. Where did you start and where are you now?

I first moved to Eagle County in 2011 for a Graduate Fellowship at Walking Mountains Science Center. I transitioned into a full-time position there in 2013 and continued as the Land Stewardship Coordinator until I moved to my current role at Town of Vail in 2016.

How do you make it all work? How did you find housing?

I was lucky that Walking Mountains provided housing for the first summer of my fellowship. That gave me time to look for more permanent housing. I have always had to have roommates to make it affordable here. Even after purchasing my home in Gypsum in 2019, I have continued to rent rooms out to make my mortgage payments. I also worked second and third jobs for most of the first decade I lived in Eagle County.

Why do you stay in the mountains?

It’s all about access to the outdoors for me. I fell in love as soon as I moved here.

What career advice do you have for someone looking to get started in Sustainability?

There are so many more opportunities in Sustainability than I realized there were as a teen or a college student. It’s an employees market right now too. Get a degree in something that interests you, then put in your time as an intern, a fellow, a Vista or whatever low-paying job you have to do for a couple of years to develop some real-world experience. Definitely work in your intended field before going to grad school.

How did you build community? What are some organizations you use to meet people and stay connected?

A lot of my friendships came through work or volunteering. I volunteered with SOS Outreach, Habitat for Humanity, and Eagle River Watershed Council. Giving back is a great way to meet interesting people who are invested in this community

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