As a young farm kid growing up in northeast Kansas, Aaron spent countless days walking and wading the creeks that flowed through their farms. Little did he know, the time spent fishing and saving minnows from receding pools was molding a passion for a future in conservation. While the first three-quarters of his professional career was spent primarily on terrestrial habitat, including a host of wetland projects, it was not until 2017, while working with access on the Kansas River, that he re-discovered a passion for rivers and streams. Throughout Kansas, the rivers, streams, and wetlands are often overlooked by those outside of conservation. Aaron is thankful organizations, such as KAWS, exist to give a voice to some of Kansas’ most important natural resources.
Before coming to KAWS in 2021, Aaron spent 16 years with the KS Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism as a Wildlife Biologist Technician, District Wildlife Biologist and most recently the Region 2 Wildlife Biologist Supervisor in Topeka. Even though much of Aaron’s experience has been in public service working on private lands, he spent 4 years working with conservation related issues in the private sector. Aaron served as the Production Manager for Star Seed, Inc. where he focused on native grass, wildflower, and cover crop seed production. Aaron was also a Project Manager for Juniper Environmental where he worked with environmental assessments and T&E species mitigation.
Aaron holds a Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Biology from Kansas State University and currently resides outside of Holton. He enjoys spending his free time hauling kids to their various activities, hunting, fishing, kayaking, and planting and harvesting a variety of vegetables in his high tunnel.