The Colorado Springs-based nonprofit has chosen Jennifer Peterson from Texas A&M University to fill the post beginning early next month, according to a news release.
“[Peterson] brings extensive experience in education, stewardship, research, stakeholder engagement, and watershed restoration,” according to the release.
At Texas A&M, Peterson worked in Extension Service and coordinated two statewide educational programs designed to educate citizens about the importance of conservation and ecological stewardship.
She received her bachelor’s in ecology and management from Texas A&M, where she also graduated to receive her PhD earlier this month.
Peterson’s hire comes after months searching nationally to fill the position left vacant by the departure in May of Rebecca Jewett. Jewett now works as executive director of the Palmer Land Trust in Colorado Springs.
In the interim, RMFI program director Amber Shanklin temporarily filled the position as acting executive director.
The Rocky Mountain Field Institute is a conservation and stewardship 501 (c)(3) organization focused on watershed restoration, forest health and sustainable recreation areas in Southern Colorado.