Sara graduated from Washington State University with her B.S in Earth and Environmental Science, a minor in Biology, and a certification in Water Resources Science Management. Before coming to work for ELS in 2020, Sara was a freelance writer and editor where she performed manuscript development and copy editing. As an ELS employee, she has worked on many wetland, stream, and shoreline projects performing delineations, habitat assessments, critical areas reports, bank use plans, and mitigation plans. Sara has gained a great deal of experience preparing permits such as Joint Aquatic Resources Permit Applications (JARPA) and State Environmental Policy Act Compliance (SEPA), and working with various agencies including the US Army Corps of Engineers, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Washington State Department of Ecology. With her outstanding report writing skills and sunny disposition, Sara brings a great deal of value to the ELS team.

What do you like most about working at ELS?

Everything. This is my unicorn job!

If you could have dinner with anyone (including fictional), dead or alive, who would it be?

Sam and Dean Winchester

What’s a fear you are proud to have overcome?

Driving in downtowns with one-way streets. When I went through drivers ed as a teen, my driving instructor told super nervous 15 year old me, to turn the wrong way down a one-way. I did. He promptly slammed on the breaks and yelled at me for not paying attention. My driving instructor was a terrible person.

What is the worst advice you have ever been given?

“Smell this.”

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?

Teleportation would be AMAZING! So many practical applications, from shortening my commute to completely avoiding blackberry brambles, stinging nettles, and hornets in the field!


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