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My name is Joseph August Hill but you may call me Joe. I was born to Owen and Gail Hill in Truckee, California in the spring of 1991. Two days after birth I was taken home to Incline Village, Nevada on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. My parents immediately brought me to the backyard where my father placed my hand on a Jeffery Pine tree. I guess you could say I’ve been a tree huger ever since. I am an only child who was raised in a rural community and could typically be found mountain biking the neighborhood trails after any school day. I loved the outdoors where I would learn new things by making observations and having fun.
I played little league baseball as a kid but became more interested in independent sports as I grew older. I joined the Incline Middle School Mountain Bike Team in which I finished 3rd and 2nd place overall in my race category in 7th and 8th grades, respectively. I began training in Tae Kwon Do at the age of 9. I received my first degree black belt by the time I was 15 and second degree by age 17. The martial art was very influential over my lifestyle and taught me core tenets including courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and an indomitable spirit. I attended Incline High School and graduated with Honors and an Advanced Diploma in 2009. My favorite subject in school was Spanish and I acted in several school plays and a musical. I ran an unsuccessful campaign for Senior Class President but I was elected President of the National Honor Society in my final year at IHS. I left the Lake Tahoe Basin at age 18 to continue my education in Northern Arizona.
I attended Northern Arizona University (NAU) for four years and absolutely loved it there despite the challenges. New places are exciting but can also be intimidating. That is until I began to make some solid friends as I learned more about the region. I came to terms with my sexuality during my sophomore year and learned a lot about myself once I turned 21. Flagstaff was the perfect place for me to grow as an individual; The community is accepting and offers a fun attitude.
I began my academics as an Environmental Engineer and after countless nights stuck on the computer pulling my hair out at calculus equations, I changed my focus. I altered my major to Environmental Science, Policy and Administration with a Political Science Minor and so began the hydrospheric field experimentation, overnight field trips to solar and nuclear energy power stations as well as environmental and economic policy discussion! Admittedly, NAU began out a little rough, but by my senior year I had adjusted quite well to Flagstaff. I was finally studying the things that I really cared about.
Once I had graduated, I moved back to the Lake Tahoe Basin where I seem to be happiest. The Lake Tahoe – Truckee River Watershed as a whole is a beautiful region and the Great Basin and Range in Nevada is just as gorgeous. I worked as a Seasonal Park Aide Ranger in 2014 in which I was able to interact with my community on a daily basis and I got to learn so much about the region that I never knew before. There are hundreds of acres of park preserve and open space in Washoe County that offer spectacular views, recreation and pristine landscapes – Go Explore! Washoe County Parks Map. It was so much fun to work outside all day among the sagebrush in the state that I love the most! I took care of regulation horse arenas, educated the community about wildlife and wildfire, pruned apple trees and assisted in special events and amphitheater shows. Best Summer Ever.
I am so happy to be working in the process of environmental protection of Lake Tahoe for the greater good with many other colleagues. From September 2014 to August 2015 I was lucky enough to become an Americorps member in my home town. This position was great because it got me more involved with my community on the ground while giving me experience in the public sector. My host site was at the Incline Village General Improvement District’s conservation program called IVGID Waste Not. I was immediately hired by IVGID Waste Not after I applied for a new position that came available since the Americorps program in our community reached its goals and finally sunset. I maintain many of my previous responsibilities but I can focus more in detail on sustainability indicators and programs within the district. It can be an overwhelming task sometimes but it is a fun job.
Here at IVGID Public Works, we are actively involved in the protection of the water quality in Lake Tahoe because we supply water to the community through an intake that is in the Lake Tahoe water body. Our water quality here is amazing, and its our job to help insure that for future generations to come.
I am involved in the career path that I am pretty happy with despite its challenges.Who knows what the future could behold.
Joseph A. Hill
“I’ve got soul but I’m not a soldier.”
– All These Things That I’ve Done
– The Killers