Jill was raised in a small town in the mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania, yet her desire to pursue a Marine Science degree stemmed from a fascination since childhood with the ocean that she only visited once a year. She graduated from the University of Delaware, and during her time as a student, she studied abroad in New Zealand, interned with the Field Conservation Department at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and worked for the Environmental Stewardship program for the coastal Delaware State Parks. Immediately following graduation, Jill headed to the Florida Keys to be a Marine Science Educator for the Pigeon Key Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to fully immersive, hands-on learning and preservation of local culture and environment alike. Jill loves to stay active and busy and hardly sits still, and she is thrilled to begin her position with SCS. She is stoked to explore a vibrant new coastal locale and all the natural wonders that Sitka has to offer, while learning and walking alongside this beautiful community to better understand and meet the needs of both the people and the land.