Senior Education & Outreach Specialist
Kiana Sinner joined the Thurston Conservation District as Community Outreach Assistant in September 2019. She is looking forward to coordinating and leading volunteers in community work parties in addition to organizing the South Puget Sound Regional Envirothon competition for high school students.
Kiana earned a Bachelor of Science degree in botany from The Evergreen State College in June 2017. Since then, she interned with the Department of Transportation, monitoring vegetation and wildlife on wetland mitigation sites, and served on a Washington Conservation Corps restoration crew where she and her crew restored wetland buffers throughout the City of Olympia. Kiana also regularly organizes and leads community volunteer restoration work parties with the Chehalis River Basin Land Trust.
Raised in the rural Pacific Northwest, Kiana has always taken a strong interest in how people connect with the land that surrounds them, and she is passionate to help her community build a strong and sustainable relationship with their environment.
In her free time, Kiana enjoys tending to her indoor plant collection, gardening, hiking, and spending time with her friends, family, and cat.
Educational Degrees & Certifications/Licenses:
- Bachelor of Science in Botany (Minor in Communications)
- Pesticide Applicators License (Aquatic Endorsement)
- S212 Wildland Fire Chainsaw Certification
- HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operation and Emergency Response) Certification
- Wilderness First Aid Certification
- S-190, L-180, S-130, and Red Card (Wildland Fire Fighter) Certification
- Washington State Flagger Certification
Recognitions & Awards:
- 2018-2019 Exemplary Environmental Stewardship Award (Washington State Department of Ecology and Washington Conservation Corps)
- 2019 Department of Ecology Agency Award for Environmental Stewardship Olympia Brewery Transformer Spill Response Team
- Presidential Volunteer Service Award
- Chehalis River Basin Land Trust 2020 Volunteer of the Year