Hailing from the great southern state of Florida, Joe Naiman has landed far from home into the great wilds of Idaho. As an avid hiker, he is excited to be able to explore the southern tip of the Canadian Rockies as well as the areas along the Continental Divide this year. In addition he is stoked to be working with a great staff at SCA Idaho AmeriCorps, and grateful for the opportunity to leave a lasting mark on a young and still growing program.
His primary duties with the SCA this year will be in the field, providing guidance and managing the trail crews, as well as aiding with the managing of all other crews while in the field. He is well versed in the technical aspects of trail work and loves to teach, making this opportunity an excellent fit for him.
Some of his outdoor background includes camping through the Boy Scouts of America since the age of 5, a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, volunteer trail work on the Appalachian Trail and the Florida Trail, and leading a crew of 6 to 12 on the Pacific Crest Trail last year. He also loves boating and other aquatic activities and is hoping to get a chance to explore the many creeks, streams, and rivers this year with a fly fishing rod in hand.
Originally from a small town in Wisconsin, I grew up taking a lot of art classes and eventually majored in Art emphasizing in Print Making and minored in Art History. I wanted to spread my wings after college and try my hand at something new and unfamiliar so, I’ve moved to Nevada and worked at an outdoor education school. From there I moved to New York and had my first internship with SCA doing trail work for the season. Wanting to continue my trail career I moved to Idaho for my second season with SCA. Continuing further with SCA I lead my first crew SCA WildCorps in California. Idaho is where I have been residing in the winter seasons for the past two years and wanting to stay in the state, I was happy to come back to Idaho for another season. I enjoy hiking, a good cup of coffee, people watching, skiing, cooking/baking, sewing, movies, reading, and my new puppy Arlo. I look forward to being back at Moyer base for the summer and getting to know my crew members.