Derek is the Watershed Coordinator for the in the John Redmond Watershed and Toronto Fall River Watershed and works closely with the John Redmond Watershed Technician and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.
Derek brings a unique blend of skills and experiences to his work at KAWS. He has over a decade of agricultural Co-op management experience, time with law enforcement and in fleet maintenance, and most notably served as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force. He has transformed the Conservation Technician role into a full-service conservation program offering everything from brush clearing to interseeding cover crops. In 2023, Derek was promoted to Watershed Coordinator for the John Redmond and Toronto-Fall River WRAPS.
When not at work, you can find Derek with his family, working on the farm, or indulging in his love of classic cars.