Yellowstone Program Manager
Meet Joe Loviska, the dedicated Yellowstone Program Manager at Ecology Project International, with roots deeply planted in the natural world. Growing up in Seattle, Washington, on the northern edge of Lake Washington, Joe was immersed in the traditional territory of the Duwamish and Suquamish peoples, shaping his appreciation for nature and cultural heritage. His academic journey led him to the University of Montana, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, and later to Western Washington University for a Master of Education, a Certificate in Northwest Natural History, and a focus on Non-Profit Administration.
Joe's professional path began with a sense of adventure, working as a bicycle tour leader and Yellowstone ski guide. He boasts impressive feats, such as leading cycling tours across North America, from coast to coast and border to border. However, his aspirations evolved beyond tourism, steering him towards graduate school. This shift marked a transition from guiding adventures to educating about the environment, a change that resonated deeply with his personal and professional goals.
Today, Joe is an integral part of the EPI team, driven by a passion for ecological literacy and education. His connection to Yellowstone is not just professional but also personal, as it stands as one of his favorite places. Outside of work, Joe's interests are as diverse as they are engaging. He is an enthusiastic cyclist and bike mechanic, volunteering at Missoula's community bike shop, FreeCycles. Additionally, Joe finds joy in carving wooden objects and tinkering in his garage. Above all, he cherishes the tranquility of nature, finding peace in the sounds of the wind and water, embodying the spirit that makes him a key member of the EPI community.