Katie Vartenigian

After earning a bachelor’s degree in biology at University of Maryland, Katie joined a backcountry trail crew in the Sierra Nevada mountains. From there, she has continued to do seasonal conservation work as a harvester on an organic farm in Oregon, a spotted owl researcher in Tahoe National Forest, and most recently, as an avian field technician for Fish & Wildlife in Chincoteague, Virginia. Working seasonally fostered Katie’s appreciation for different styles of land stewardship, and the importance of each in the conservation world. She is excited to apply what she’s learned to her internship at Highstead this Fall, helping to bring a diverse crowd of land managers together at the RCP gathering with the common goal of protecting New England’s wildlands and woodlands. When she isn’t out in the field, Katie enjoys reading, writing, and exploring new places by birding. She is looking forward to being back home in Connecticut for the Fall to spend time with family and hike through the foliage.