INHF Welcomes New Staff Member

Posted on January 25, 2023 in Blog

We’re pleased to introduce Destiny Magee, INHF’s newest staff member, who joins our team asDestiny with box turtle in the field the Eastern Iowa Land Stewardship Assistant. An Iowa native, she received her bachelor's and master's degrees from The University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. While pursuing her higher education, she took a tallgrass prairie seminar that ignited her passion for conservation.

“Everything clicked,” Destiny said. “I fell in love with the tallgrass prairie and realized what beauty there was in Iowa’s native landscapes. I discovered that restoring and protecting those places was exactly what I wanted to do with my life. That path eventually led me here to INHF.”

Previous work experience with UNI’s Tallgrass Prairie Center, the Iowa DNR and Bur Oak Land Trust have aided her growth as a conservationist and leader.

“While working with Bur Oak Land Trust, I had the opportunity to lead and teach new stewards. This was one of the most satisfying things I have ever done. I loved getting to help build the new stewards' technical skills, but also to help them gain confidence in their abilities and themselves.”

She’s an avid traveler with a love for many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking and hunting for rocks, fossils and mushrooms. When she’s not wandering wild places with a sense of wonder about the natural world, you can find Destiny with a book in hand.

Destiny’s desire to continue to learn and grow every day makes her a natural fit for a career in protecting and restoring Iowa’s land, water and wildlife. “I chose INHF because I have found a passion in being a steward for the land, especially here in Iowa, where so many of the natural spaces are facing a number of different threats.”