My name is Ben Ives, and I am a Navy veteran. I’ve worked outside for the past 15 years and enjoy working in the elements and observing seasons’ changes. Through these positions, I have learned how to take clues from nature. For example, frogs coming out of hibernation are a good sign of the last frost and a great time to plant seeds. I know how magical everything can look at 2 a.m. on a snowy morning, working snow crew for the communities I served in Colorado and Oregon.

Through the VetsWork program, I want to learn new ways to save natural resources and be a better steward of the environment. My goal is to make a positive impact helping these agencies achieve their mission. I look forward to obtaining practical experience doing science which I find fascinating for this planet that I love. I cannot wait to intern with intelligent people and an organization like Mt. Adams Institute who shares my core values of honor, courage, and commitment.