Jen Schmitz is the Natural Resources Division Manager within Island County’s Public Health Department, overseeing a variety of programs including surface water quality, shoreline and marine resources management, salmon protection, noxious weed removal, and Puget Sound ecosystem recovery coordination. She has over 18 years of natural resource management, environmental science, and regulatory compliance experience encompassing a wide array of technical and project management expertise with both private consulting firms as well as state, regional, and local governments. Jen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology with a concentration in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior, and a Master of Science degree in Land Resources and Environmental Science with a concentration in Water Resources, and has performed ecological research, fieldwork, and training in many parts of the world. She is a resident of Coupeville and serves as an appointed member of the Trust Board of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, as well as an avid gardener and volunteer with animal welfare organizations. She enjoys being both a foster and adoptive parent of rescue animals, including senior, hospice, and special needs pets.


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