At a statewide conservation districts annual conference in Leavenworth, WA, Kristen McCune was presented with the 2019 Employee of the Year award by the Washington Association of District Employees (WADE). Each year, one employee from the pool of nominated Washington conservation district staff is selected to receive this honor for their impact to conservation work and dedication to improving natural resources.
In her role as KCD’s Education Program Coordinator, Kristen has expanded programs and planned dozens of education events for landowners. In high school, Kristen participated in her local conservation district Envirothon program. She now inspires high school students across Washington to become future natural resource leaders by serving on the Washington State Envirothon Executive Board.
As an AmeriCorps member at KCD, she expanded the K-12 education program and successfully planned educational events for landowners across King County. Since taking on a permanent role in 2015, she helps expand KCD educational offerings to urban shoreline landowners. Her passion for natural resources and educating others is contagious. Kristen inspires landowners to work with the conservation district and implement best management practices.
Above and beyond her conservation district duties, Kristen is pursuing a master’s degree in Education. She has even tailored her master’s project to her work at KCD, figuring out ways to improve outreach throughout King County. When she is not working or studying, you will find Kristen outdoors enjoying the natural areas she helps to protect, mountain biking in the forests or hitting the slopes on skis.
Congratulations to Kristen on well-deserved recognition for her impactful work and dedication!