Areas of Expertise: Black-Footed Ferrets, community engagement, science communication, and project design
Kaitie Schneider provides administrative and programmatic support for the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains field conservation team. She also coordinates the Prairie Dog Coalition, which is fiscally sponsored by Defenders.
Kaitie comes to Defenders with 6 years of field conservation experience in the public sector, including caring for and engaging the public with Black-Footed Ferrets through the US Fish and Wildlife Service. In addition to her formal work history, she has rehabilitated rescued elephants in Thailand, worked with generational fishers to reduce sea turtle bycatch in Mexico, and uses her art to communicate science on social media. Her education in wildlife biology paired with the lens of a communicator lends her a creative approach to community-based conservation. These experiences have made Kaitie a very hands-on learner with a versatile skill set well suited for her role as a program coordinator.
Kaitie holds a B.S. in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from Colorado State University