Meet Ian, 2020 Public Lands Stewards Intern!

by | Land Stewards

From birth my life has been beset with a myriad of outdoor experiences ranging from windy peaks to deep, muddy caves. In between those adventures I’ve delved into a variety of hobbies including musicianship, carpentry, and gaming. My passion for motion leads me to never sit still, which can be a blessing and a curse. It drove me to achieve Eagle rank in the BSA, but also tends to leave me starved for activities which as of late has become especially pertinent. However, this desire for motion has also led me to many delightful jobs most of which involve teaching outdoor survival/preservation skills to my participants.

Prior to joining Mt. Adams Institute (MAI), I worked as a backcountry trip guide (Title: Interpreter) with Northern Tier out of Charles L Somers base in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). During this past season I made lasting impacts on every client during our voyages, assisted training of Naval Academy recruits, and made some solid friends along the way. I enjoyed my time there very much; naturally I wished to further pursue jobs which interface between people and the outdoors. In addition, the Pacific Northwest is a region of the country which I haven’t explored yet. MAI provided an opportunity to not only engage with the type of work I’ve enjoyed in the past, but to explore new horizons and even establish a network with other agencies to find a more permanent position.