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“I’ve got soul but I’m not a soldier.”
– All These Things That I’ve Done, The Killers
My name is Joseph August Hill but you may call me Joe. I was born as an only child to Owen and Gail Hill in Truckee, California, USA 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 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 years old and Second Degree Black Belt 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 Incline High. I left the Lake Tahoe Basin at age 18 to continue my education down south.
I attended Northern Arizona University (NAU) for four years and absolutely loved it there despite the challenges. New places are exciting but they can also be intimidating. Flagstaff, Arizona was intimidating for me until I began to make some solid friends and learned more about the region.
I had many personal challenges through my sophomore year and I learned a lot about myself once I turned 21 years old. 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 Sciences – Administration and Policy with a Political Science Minor and so began the laboratory analysis, extensive field trips all over the Southwest, and environmental-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. The Lake Tahoe – Truckee River Watershed as a whole is a beautiful place 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! 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 excited to be working with many other colleagues to aid environmental protection efforts at Lake Tahoe. 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 located at the Incline Village General Improvement District (IVGID), Public Works Department’s conservation program called Waste Not. I was immediately hired by IVGID Waste Not after I applied for a new position that came available since the Parasol Tahoe Americorps program in our community reached its goals and the program sunset. I maintain many of my previous responsibilities but with more focus on sustainability indicators and initiatives within the District.
IVGID Waste Not is actively involved in the protection of the water quality in Lake Tahoe because our agency supplies drinking water to the community through an intake that is submerged within the Lake Tahoe water body. Our water quality here is superb and it is our responsibility to help ensure the availability of this resource for future generations. That is why we conduct staff support for a regional organization of water purveyors called the Tahoe Water Suppliers Association whose campaign revolves around clean local drinking water and the slogan: “Drink Tahoe Tap!”
I am involved in the career path that I am pretty happy with despite its challenges. I foresee my focus to shift more toward managing data related to an organization’s sustainability performance using social, cultural, and environmental indicators in the future. I also have a significant interest in utilizing my Americorps Education Award to further my knowledge in sustainable natural resource management and water conflict mitigation. I also hope to go on more adventures to help develop my real world experience, awareness, and love for life.
Who knows what the future could behold.
Joseph A. Hill