Jared Baecker joined the organization in December of 2015 to develop the nonprofit’s education, stewardship and access work through the position of program director.
A biologist, professional naturalist and river enthusiast, Baecker came to the Snake River Fund with a diverse background perfectly suited to tackling his position’s broad range of duties. He has a strong connection to the Jackson Hole community, having worked in natural history education through Wildlife Expeditions, Natural Habitat Adventures and as a board member and volunteer for the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation. Baecker said the position fits his core values and passions.
“The Snake River is not only a marvelous natural resource; it is also an economic engine,” Baecker said. “It is imperative to work collaboratively to achieve goals that sustain the resource but also sustain our local economy. The collaborative work of the Snake River Fund, local businesses and government agencies to promote wise use and stewardship is something to be admired.”
Among his duties, Baecker coordinates and implements the organization’s educational and outreach programs for youths and adults, such as Guides’ Night for river enthusiasts, and the Fifth-Grade Float Trips, which ensure all Jackson Hole youths have the opportunity to experience the river first hand.
Jessica joined Snake River Fund in August of 2018. Originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, she graduated from University of Alabama in 2009, and following graduation, she moved to Jackson Hole to experience mountain life. Jessica brings over seven years of marketing and communications experience to the Snake River Fund. When she is not working, she is running her marketing business or you will find her on an adventure with her husband and dogs either fly fishing, camping, hiking or enjoying this beautiful place we call home.
Orion Hatch came to Wyoming in 2014 to bring his love of river guiding to the Wild West. A proud son of the Commonwealth, Orion spent many summers working and playing on rivers in Western Massachusetts. He has a degree in Hydrogeology from the University of Massachusetts and takes a keen interest in the geologic and fluvial forces that have helped shape the landscape. His love of rivers and his attachment to the global river community have inspired him to be an active participant in the preservation and stewardship of the Snake River Watershed. Orion prides himself on being an effective educator. He believes that fostering a passion for the river and educating the public are the cornerstones for ensuring the preservation of the Snake River and its tributaries. You can catch him running his Shredder down the Gros Ventre, dropping a line in the Greys, or swimming after his surfboard in Lunch Counter.