Meet the Community Stewardship Program Team

Community Stewardship Program team member Kris Barnes

Kris Barnes pursued his undergraduate education at Hampden-Sydney College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics. After graduation he moved to Washington, DC to work in consulting. He continued to work in consulting for two years before deciding to make a career change and pursue his passion for the environment. He continued his education and received a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University. This is also when Kris began his career with the National Park Service. He got his start as a Student Conservation Association intern with the George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP). From there he accepted a position with GWMP as a biological science technician and upon graduation from Johns Hopkins University he was offered a full time position as the geographic information system specialist for the park. After 5 years with GWMP, Kris joined the Biological Resources Division under the Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate as the Program Lead for the Community Stewardship Program. He is passionate about environmental data analysis, environmental policy, and civic engagement.

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Community Stewardship Program team member Kiersten Jarvis

Kiersten Jarvis graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management and a minor in Global Environmental Sustainability from Colorado State University (CSU). During her time at CSU she worked summers researching park soundscapes in Sequoia National Park and Denali National Park and Preserve. After graduating, she worked with the Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate (NRSS) Inventory and Monitoring Division helping manage the Integrated Resource Management Applications (IRMA) database. After working a year as an IRMA data manager, Kiersten was accepted into the Pathways Program with the NRSS Climate Change Response Program. During her Pathways internship she earned her master’s degree in Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy from University of Illinois. Kiersten worked with the NRSS Environmental Quality Division on a detail her final semester of graduate school helping parks comply with the National Environmental Policy Act. For the National Park Service's centennial celebration, she joined the NRSS Biological Resources Division to help coordinate the 2016 National Parks BioBlitz and became a Certified Project Manager. Kiersten is passionate about citizen science projects, pollinator conservation, and working with youth STEM* education.

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*Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Last updated: February 26, 2018