Wildlands Restoration Volunteers

Staff and Jobs

The WRV team and volunteers work on the basis of shared values: love of nature, healing, building community, education, empowerment, tangible results, and celebration.

Job Openings

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers seeks a Director of Programs (DoP) who works closely with the Executive Director and other senior leadership to ensure the operational success of the organization. The DoP oversees the mix of programs and the staff that run some these programs. The position ensures effective team management and development, implementation of standards and policies across all programs, as well as the operational infrastructure that supports these programs. The DoP also has a key role in the development of our annual work plan of projects and the management of some of our more complex projects. Click here for the full job announcement.

Intern Program

WRV offers unpaid internships in organizing restoration projects, volunteer management, marketing, fundraising, site monitoring, and more. Get the experience you need for your environmental career. Please contact Ashley Poulson at info@wlrv.org, regarding our internship opportunities or tell us about your own internship idea.

Staff List

Ed Self, Executive Director
Sarah Egolf-Tarr, Development Director
Linda Lee, Director of Donor and Corporate Relations
Kelly McVerry, Controller and Accountant
Melinda Courtman, Finance Assistant
Ashley Poulson, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator
AnneMarie Fussell, Community Relations Coordinator
Luke McNally, Watershed Restoration Manager
Rachel Brett, Youth and Inclusiveness Director
Nate Boschmann, Stewardship Coordinator
Amy Ansari, Native Seed Collection Program Manager
Morgan Crowley, Weeds Program Manager
Claire Morrissy, Sawyer Program and Restoration Projects Coordinator
David Fulton-Beale, Restoration Projects Coordinator
Geoffrey May, Restoration Projects Coordinator
Will Vieth, Restoration Projects Coordinator
Julie Finley, Assistant Restoration Projects Coordinator

About Staff

ED SELF, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Ed Self is the Founder and Executive Director of Wildlands Restoration Volunteers. He has a Master’s Degree in Volunteer Program Management with an emphasis on ecological restoration and environmental education, with 16 years of related experience. Ed’s Master’s thesis looked closely at the wide range of benefits that communities and individuals derive from involvement in habitat restoration work, and included a nation-wide survey of over 300 Forest Service employees involved in community-based restoration projects. Ed has been a community organizer for over 20 years. He started a community garden in Boulder, which continues to thrive after 15 years. He’s been a volunteer naturalist, outdoor educator and avid volunteer. His former career was as electrical engineer and software developer. 
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SARAH EGOLF-TARR, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Sarah Egolf-Tarr is WRV’s Development Director who energizes members and foundations to support WRV’s work by writing annual appeals and grants and coordinating fund-raising events. Sarah is passionate about preserving and restoring wildlife and wildlands in the Rockies. Her fascination with the natural world dates back to her childhood in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, and was further developed through a college field studies program in the southwest, followed by her work at the Rocky Mountain Herbarium and Biodiversity Conservation Alliance in the state of Wyoming. Sarah graduated with Honors from Earlham College with a Bachelor’s degree, and brings her extensive experience with non-profit leadership and volunteering to WRV. When not at work, Sarah enjoys West African dance, board games, and hiking. 
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LINDA LEE, DIRECTOR OF DONOR AND CORPORATE RELATIONS

Linda is thrilled to be coming back to her conservation roots by joining WRV. She has extensive fundraising and marketing experience with The Nature Conservancy, the Longmont Humane Society, and Books of Discovery. Prior to joining the staff of WRV, she was a crew leader for the organization. She is also a co-founder of a national activist conference. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from CU-Boulder and is an alumna of the CU Environmental Center. When she’s not in the office you can find her birding (“hey, look it’s a green-tailed towhee!”), hiking, orienteering, or catching a baseball game.
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KELLY MCVERRY, ACCOUNTANT

Kelly’s experience in non-profit work stems from her desire to give back to a world that has been very generous and loving to her. After graduating from University of Pittsburgh, with a degree in Finance, she headed west as a VISTA on the White Mesa Ute Reservation. Prior to joining WRV, Kelly was the Senior Accountant for the National Sports Center for the Disabled as well as the Highland Apartment Homes, a low income senior apartment building. With over six years experience in non-profit accounting and finance, Kelly is excited to share her talents to help build the core values of WRV. When not at work, she enjoys camping, running, and seeing live music with her partner, Brandon, and their wonderful kids. 
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MELINDA COURTMAN, FINANCE ASSISTANT

Melinda first came to WRV as a volunteer seed collector and just can’t seem to get enough. She proceeded to volunteer on many trail restoration projects and weed removals and felt that she had more to contribute. After being a full-time mother for 16 years and knowing that the home-front is under control, she is finally putting her Economics degree to work and is now working for WRV as a part-time Accounting Assistant. In her spare time Melinda loves hiking, biking, skiing, snow showing, kayaking, and volunteering on WRV projects.
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ASHLEY POULSON, VOLUNTEER AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR (Boulder, CO office)

Born in Denver, CO, raised all along the front range of the beautiful Rocky Mountains; this Colorado girl can be found rock climbing with her beloved grandfather in Eldorado and Boulder Canyon. When she’s not crushing crags, she is laboring out of love for social causes and contributing to positive change in the community. Uber-creative; Ashley loves taking her ideas and creating something tangible, be it through writing, painting, building, sewing, crafting… you name it, Ashley loves to get artsy. If you ever need a good laugh, she is also a novice comedian.
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ANNEMARIE FUSSELL, COMMUNITY RELATIONS COORDINATOR (FT. COLLINS OFFICE)

Annemarie (Am) is excited to join WRV’s  team to serve as the Community Relations  Coordinator in the Ft Collins  office. Growing up in New Jersey camping in the Eastern woods with her parents, she truly fell in love with the outdoors and found her calling in life. After attaining a BS in Wildlife Biology from CSU and with a background in volunteer coordination, trail restoration and science/public policy education, Am is delighted to support our volunteers and restoration efforts. Before moving back to Fort Collins from Summit County, Colorado, she traveled through Patagonia, Western Europe and the Southern Rockies living on her bike for months at a time. Now she spends her time focusing on a sustainable lifestyle commuting by bike, volunteering and vegetable gardening.
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LUKE MCNALLY, WATERSHED RESTORATION MANAGER (FT. COLLINS OFFICE)

Luke McNally studied watershed science and natural resource management at Colorado State University. He started his career at the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station in Fort Collins and took time off from school to work for a watershed enhancement program, part of the Yakama Nation tribal fisheries agency in rural Washington. Exposure in the Pacific Northwestto the progressive river restoration approach had a profound impact on Luke, and he is excited to address the challenges facing the Colorado Front Range. Luke is also a wildland firefighter. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, archery, winter sports, cooking, honing his primitive skills, and working in his garden.
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RACHEL BRETT, YOUTH AND INCLUSIVENESS DIRECTOR

As a kid growing up in Columbia, South Carolina, Rachel found her happiest days and closest friends away from the city, wandering around in the Blue Ridge Mountains at summer camp. Twenty years later, she comes to WRV with a wide range of experiences working with young people in the outdoors. She has an M.S. in Environmental Education from Antioch University New England, and she has led backpacking and sea kayaking expeditions, directed a sustainability service-learning program, run an after-school program, and taught high school science and social studies classes. Rachel is especially passionate about engaging youth who haven’t had the chance to experience the self-confidence and wonder that experiences in nature can engender. When she’s not working, Rachel spends her time backpacking, running, gardening, and playing with her new son, Jack.  
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NATE BOSCHMANN, STEWARDSHIP COORDINATOR (FORT COLLINS OFFICE)

Nate is the Stewardship coordinator in WRV’s Fort Collins office.  He spends his days recruiting and training volunteers, coordinating restoration projects, and trying to convince people that stacking large rocks is as much fun as he thinks it is. Nate’s first foray into the restoration world was his participation in a tall grass prairie restoration in his hometown in Kansas when he was 14. After completing a number of undergraduate degrees, some time overseas, and a few misguided attempts at profitable careers, he returned to his true place in the world of experiential education, ecology, and restoration. Since moving to Colorado, Nate’s been a ski bum, worked with at-risk youth, facilitated wilderness therapy, lead Youth Conservation Corps, and taken up studies at CSU in Rangeland Ecology and Restoration.  He’s currently also serving on the Pawnee Byways Committee and on the board of the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed. A young family occupies much of Nate’s free time, but he still finds time to indulge his other interests including sustainable local food production, wilderness medicine, and zombie movies.
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AMY ANSARI, NATIVE SEED COLLECTION PROGRAM MANAGER

Amy wears many different hats at WRV, but her two main roles are Program Associate and Finance Associate. As the Program Associate, she organizes all of the local seed collection projects on the Boulder County and City of Boulder properties. As the Finance Associate, she helps WRV’s Accountant and Volunteer Manager with various finance and administrative duties. Amy has many years of experience working in the natural resource field and as volunteer coordinator for various non-profit organizations and government agencies. While finishing her M.S in Environmental Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Amy worked as a volunteer coordinator for the Get Outdoors Nevada program. It was there she decided to devote her career to working for organizations dedicated to empowering volunteers to help restore public lands. Outside of work, Amy spends her time rock climbing, mountain biking, and attempting to teach her dog Shadow not to hide bones in the cushions of the couch.
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MORGAN CROWLEY, WEED PROGRAM AND RESTORATION PROJECTS COORDINATOR

Morgan joined WRV as a Restoration Projects Coordinator in 2014 following eight years as a volunteer. She has now stepped up to fill the position of Weed Campaign Coordinator in addition to continuing to work on other restoration projects. Combining on-the-ground leadership experience with WRV, several seasons with the City of Boulder in Habitat Restoration, a Master’s in Landscape Architecture, and a fiery passion for the mission and work of WRV, Morgan’s primary focus is on facilitating the growing Myrtle Spurge Coalition and coordinating with the Agency Partners. Morgan has been wandering the local hills for 18 years getting to know the plants, animals, and minerals therein and can often be found doing that or moongazing, baking, fortune telling, writing, crafting, or drinking coffee in a local cafe.
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CLAIRE MORRISSY, SAWYER AND RESTORATION PROJECTS COORDINATOR

As the daughter of a community organizer, Claire has believed in “people power” as an engine for change since her childhood in New Jersey. Her parents’ example of volunteerism and philanthropy coupled with her interest in conservation gave Claire an early head-start in what she hopes is a long career in protecting natural spaces. In fact, in lieu of presents for her 13th birthday, Claire asked all of her guests to donate to a national wildlife conservation agency. As Restoration Project Coordinator, Claire brings two years of experience of running chainsaws, coordinating projects, and leading conservation crews with a Denver-based youth corps to WRV. When not recruiting for sawyer projects, Claire can be found riding her bike around Denver, playing ultimate, and snowboarding.
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DAVID FULTON-BEALE, RESTORATION PROJECTS COORDINATOR

A Boulder native, David started volunteering with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers when he was 12, and became a crew leader and a member of the Youth Steering Committee when he was 16. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Ecological Restoration from the University of Montana. After graduation, he returned to Boulder, and came back to WRV to continue pursuing his passion for restoration. In his spare time, you can find David trail running, mountain biking, backpacking, playing ultimate, or in the kitchen trying a new recipe. 
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GEOFFREY MAY, RESTORATION PROJECTS COORDINATOR

Rejoining the WRV Staff this year is Geoffrey May. Volunteer since 2013, Crew Leader, Project Leader, Sawyer and veteran of the Brainard Lake Saga, Geoffrey is a versatile fellow. Originally Fort Collins Staff [Maverick] Geoffrey will be working mainly out of the Boulder Office this year to help with a large scale flood restoration effort on Left Hand Creek. Previously, Geoffrey coordinated projects throughout the U.S. for a power grid inspection firm. Fun facts about Geoffrey include: he’s a not quite subtle Star Wars nerd; he helps to organize events at Denver Comic Con; and he practices hard to be a more educated beer connoisseur. Geoffrey studied Political Science at Rutgers but enigmatically holds a degree in Developmental Biology from MSU, has tattoos from 12 different artists, and makes a damn fine pie.
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WILL VIETH, RESTORATION PROJECTS COORDINATOR

William began working for WRV in June 2017, coming with over 10 years of experience in the environmental sector. After studying Ecology at CSU, he got lost in Southeast Asia for a couple years, getting paid to SCUBA dive and hike through the Himalayas. After finally finding his way home, William began working as an environmental contractor and consultant, taking on a wide range of projects including forest restoration, mine reclamation, river/stream stabilization, disaster response, and wetland banking.

He has currently participated in ecological projects located in over 10 U.S. States and 5 countries. Colorado remains his favorite place in the world.
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JULIE FINLEY, ASSISTANT RESTORATION PROJECTS COORDINATOR

Julie was born and raised in Central Florida spending most of her time scuba diving in the numerous natural springs and hiking/ hammocking in the oak hummocks that make that area so beautiful. With an ardent soul filled with the gypsy spirit, she has visited 46 of the 50 states by age 23 and put 162,000 miles on her 2011 Outback. As the daughter of a passionate arborist, Julie has felt most at home amongst the trees since a young age, never passing up an opportunity to climb a tree and be surrounded by branches and leaves. Since 2011 she has spent most of her time traveling and working around the country, and is very excited to be involved with the community-building mission that WRV holds and the family she now feels a part of here in Boulder. When she isn’t excitedly talking about plants, wildflowers, and power tools, you can find her climbing trees (and hugging them) and working on her car. She hopes to visit 2 more new states this summer.
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