Jonathan first came to SRT through the Sierra Nevada Americorps Partnership in 2015 and became Land Steward after completion of his service year in autumn 2016. He is responsible for the preserves' ecological restoration projects, invasive species management, vegetation inventories, hiking trails, and other preserve operations. He grew up near Kansas City, MO and has a B.A. in Biology and German from Baker University in Kansas and an M.S. in Biology from Western Illinois University. Before coming to SRT, Jonathan spent time as a university teaching assistant, an adjunct professor, a landscaping worker, and most recently a seasonal biologist at the Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico. He is especially interested in native plant horticulture, botany, habitat enhancement, and floodplain restoration and is devoted to taking care of rangeland and natural areas to maximize biodiversity and allow people to access the outdoors.