Chris Olsen – Project Leader


I was born and raised in southern California. After spending a brief period at a community college in my home town, I moved to Olympia, Washington and attended The Evergreen State College. I started working with the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC), where I spent a year and a half working primarily on salmon habitat restoration projects though I spent my last few months with WCC constructing new trail with both the Mt. Rainier National Park trail crew and the Seattle SCA community program.I began working with SCA in 2011 leading National High School conservation crews on the Columbia River in eastern Washington and at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site in Pennsylvania. Afterwards, I spent two months on a leader team in Eldorado National Forest in California. The next 10 months I worked as an intern at SCA’s New Hampshire residential Corps program at Bear Brook State Park where I co-led and helped manage the year-round Manchester Community program. From there I moved back to California to work on the Lake Berryessa Corps team in Napa and most recently, I finished leading a Trail Corps team in the Klamath National Forest.I’ve recently begun looking after a banjo (whose delicate twang had entranced me some fire-lit full moon night) and I’m looking forward to working with and learning from a great new group of people, completing desert restoration projects with heart sparkles, eye smiles and music.