Cole joined GVLT in the spring of 2021 as a Land Steward, working with landowners to ensure conservation easements continue to meet the goals of the landowner and the land trust. Cole was raised in the Pacific Northwest, between the shores of the Puget Sound and the peaks of the Cascade Mountains. He attended the University of Puget Sound, obtaining a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Environmental Policy while working as a wildland firefighter for the Forest Service during his summers. His endless curiosity and passion for connecting with people and place led him to an AmeriCorps position with the Teton Science Schools in Jackson, Wyoming, working as an outdoor educator. Cole is excited to now call Bozeman home, exploring the surrounding mountains and waterways on skis, bikes, or with a fly rod in hand. He is eager to learn from those who have called this valley home for many decades, and to partner with those who have just moved here, ensuring its health and vitality for years to come.