After graduating college in small town Pennsylvania, Jason first ventured out west for a 6 month season with the conservation corps, but quickly fell in love with the Southwest and found it difficult to leave. Before joining the Arboretum, some of Jason’s favorite jobs have been assisting as a field technician for a research ornithologist, working on a biodynamic garlic farm, and serving as an outdoor classroom educator for a school to farm project. He is excited to see the way the Arb joins his passions for research, conservation, gardening, and education all under one roof. Outside of work, Jason loves spending time by the water, exploring new forms of art, and experimenting in the kitchen.