District Welcomes Watershed Specialist
Rachel Posavetz joined the Conservation District staff in January as our Watershed Specialist.
Rachel’s Environmental Science experience includes both field work and community outreach. She is a graduate of Michigan State University with a B.S. degree in Zoology, focusing on Aquatic Ecology and Natural Resource Management.
Rachel previously worked at NJ Highlands Council and NJDEP Bureau of Freshwater and Biological Monitoring. She served as an AmeriCorps NJDEP Watershed Ambassador in which she provided volunteer stream monitoring trainings and stewardship opportunities to the Wallkill River Watershed schools and communities. Her research on Emerald Ash Borer distribution, forest ecology, and coastal wetlands has furthered her understanding of the connection between aquatic systems and land use.
“Environmental conservation is my life’s purpose,” says Rachel. “My passion is connecting people with the natural world to promote support for conservation efforts.”
Rachel’s areas of expertise include aquatic entomology, environmental education & stewardship, stakeholder relations, and resource management planning. Most notably, she assisted in managing the Watershed Implementation Plan process for the Upper Musconetcong River Watershed, consisting of stakeholder input, and taking inventory of both existing and needed updates to infrastructure impacting lake nutrient loading.
“Water has always been a big part of my life, growing up in the Great Lakes region. My interest in stream health and aquatic benthic macroinvertebrates started when I began volunteering with citizen science monitoring. It showed me how important hands-on educational experiences are for creating lasting connections between residents and their local resources. As Watershed Specialist, I hope to be instrumental in forming more of those connections here in Pike County, my new home.”
She is a Senior Fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program, Delaware River Watershed Network.