Meet INHF's Newest Staff Member

Posted on May 18, 2023 in Blog

Headshot of Maeve BittleINHF is excited to welcome its newest staff member, Maeve Bittle, who joins our team as the Conservation Easement Assistant.

Having lived all over the U.S., Maeve’s connection to Iowa started with childhood summers spent on her grandparents’ farm in Wright County. “I spent many hours a day roaming the pasture and wading through creeks with family and friends. I have always had an affinity for the natural world, and after a discernment period realized I wanted to pursue a career in land stewardship.”

Maeve recently graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering, with an emphasis on water quality and geology. She previously worked as an academic researcher at the University of Iowa, a naturalist in the Cascade Mountains and an AmeriCorps volunteer in the Redwood National and State Parks. She is excited to be working on INHF’s land protection team.

“My work in natural resource management at the Redwoods confirmed that this is the field I want to be in,” she said. “I was excited to see the vision and values of INHF, as they align with my own. Working in conservation is the dream.”

Maeve loves visiting national and state parks, swimming in lakes, rock climbing, and hunting for mushrooms and rocks. She particularly enjoys hiking along trails, identifying trees and bird calls, but can also be found at the library or a craft store.