Natural Resource Specialist

Emily Landrus joined Thurston Conservation District in January of 2021 as a Natural Resource Technician. Her focus is in developing farm plans and providing technical assistance to landowners and farmers in the community. She is especially fulfilled and in her environment when working with landowners on pasture management and forestry health.

Emily was raised on a dairy farm in northern Idaho and is passionate about supporting local farmers in her community. Having grown up on a farm, Emily developed a love of the natural environment early. She went to school for environmental science and served two years as an Americorps member on a Washington Conservation Corps crew.

She then served as a Washington Conservation Corps Supervisor for five years. During this time, Emily worked on restoration projects, nature trail construction, wildfire and flood mitigation, and marine debris removal. Emily has worked on natural disaster responses throughout the country, leading her to a passion for helping her community.

In her free time, Emily loves hanging out with her two dogs and exploring the trails of the Pacific Northwest. She also enjoys recreational tree climbing and baking.

Educational Degrees & Certifications/Licenses:

  • Associate of Science in Environmental Science
  • Pesticide Applicators License (Aquatic Endorsement)
  • S212 – Class A Sawyer Certified
  • HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operation and Emergency Response) Certified
  • Wilderness First Aid Certified
  • Red Card (Wildland Fire Fighter) Certified
  • CESCL (Certified Erosion & Sediment Control Lead)
  • Swift Water Rescue Certified
  • Washington State Flagger Certified

Recognitions & Awards:

  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew Response Letter of Recognition
  • 2018 CDC Award for CASPER (Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response)
  • 2018 Certificate of Recognition for Service for Emergency Response for Hurricane Irma and Maria
  • 2019 Department of Ecology Agency Award for Environmental Stewardship Olympia Brewery Transformer Spill Response Team