EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHTS

MEET OUR TEAM!


Spencer Burkett, Reclamation/Rangeland Technician

How did you come to work at Grouse Mountain?

I originally started to help with a reclamation project. After the reclamation project was completed, I was asked to stay on to help with AIM projects for the BLM, as well as other environmental projects.

What do you do at Grouse Mountain?

I am a Reclamation/Rangeland Technician. I help with reclamation projects, SWPPP’s, wetland delineations, vegetation surveys and Assessments, Inventory and Monitoring.

What made you want to choose this career path?

I choose this career because I wanted a job that would allow me to spend time outdoors.

What's your favorite part about working here?

My favorite part about working here is the diversity of projects that we have. My favorite projects are really any of them that allow me to look at plants.

What's an experience that stands out to you from working at Grouse Mountain?

The experience that stands out the most to me is the day we completed a large reclamation project (1,700 acres). It was a project that at the beginning there seemed to be no end in sight so, that last day was really a good feeling to know how much we had accomplished.

What do you love about Wyoming?

I love the vast landscapes of Wyoming, even when I think I’ve seen it all there is something new around the next corner.

What is your favorite past-time?

Looking at plants and riding snowmobiles!

Tell us a few fun facts about you!

I’ve done vegetation surveys in six states in the mountain west.
I have a 100 lb. German Shepherd named Barli.

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Jesse Shuck, Project Manager (New Mexico Office)

How did you come to work at Grouse Mountain?

A friend’s referral.

What do you do at Grouse Mountain?

Manage the Santa Fe office
Manage NEPA and Natural Resource projects

What made you want to choose this career path?

I love working outdoors and this career has a nice mix.

What's your favorite part about working here?

Going after new work

What's an experience that stands out to you from working at Grouse Mountain?

Visiting the Buffalo office really helped show how the office works.

What do you love about Wyoming?

I love the wide open spaces and the mountains, and I love the same things in New Mexico. I also love the deserts, the food and history of New Mexico.

What is your favorite past-time?

Probably hunting.

Tell us a few fun facts about you!

I have six kids 4-14 that keep me busy. We love to go to the river or the mountains and shoot bb guns with them.

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Clinton Beck, P.E. Environmental Coordinator

How did you come to work at Grouse Mountain?

I was keeping an eye out for new and exciting engineering challenges with a company demonstrating success and opportunity in many different areas of service. Grouse Mountain was that company and I was lucky enough to match their search for a professional engineer to take on these expanding services.

What do you do at Grouse Mountain?

I am a professional environmental engineer that is overseeing many of the environmental compliance programs. These include the air, groundwater, mine, and waste permitting programs. I also work to support overall environmental compliance through the development of environmental management systems and audit programs.

What made you want to choose this career path?

At a young age, I recognized the environmental challenges that many industries faced. I knew that I wanted to be a part of solving some of these challenges while working with the important resource management and utilization companies. I figured an environmental engineer would be a great conduit for this desire and I am glad to have chosen this career.

What's your favorite part about working here?

The team! The team has a wealth of experience and knowledge that helps not only to offer complete environmental services but to expand my current knowledge base and resources. The team is quick to share this expertise, but more importantly, they have been welcoming with plenty of positive energy.

What's an experience that stands out to you from working at Grouse Mountain?

The support and freedom to pursue new challenges. From the moment I started, it was apparent the team is invested in growth, both professionally and personally. This was ever-present in the drafting of one of my first larger proposals. Everyone provided feedback and input in a way that allowed for the proposal to develop so that everyone had a stake, shared their expertise, and everyone felt a sense of ownership.

What do you love about Wyoming?

Wyoming has so much to offer. I am always impressed with the expansive landscapes. What I love most may be the efforts taken in preserving these landscapes, while also providing the resources and jobs we all have grown so accustomed to.

What is your favorite past-time?

With my baseball days behind me, kayaking and fishing are my favorite pastimes.

Tell us a few fun facts about you!

I currently serve on the Rapid City Air Quality Board.
I spent my high school summers helping with cleanup as part of the Acomita Lake dam restoration project near The Pueblo of Acoma.
I lived in a house built in the 1867, which used to be the commanding officer’s office and quarters at Fort Fauntleroy in San Rafael, New Mexico.

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Kevin McCartney, Grouse Mountain Database Developer

How did you come to work at Grouse Mountain?

I started with Grouse Mountain as my first job after graduate school. While at Colorado State University, I studied ecological modeling of a hybridizing invasive plant species. This research exposed me to different facets of spatial studies, from mapping to analysis to modeling and more. My work for Grouse Mountain has dovetailed nicely into new areas of both spatial and data-focused projects.

What do you do at Grouse Mountain?

As a GIS analyst and database developer, I work on a good variety of projects with great people at Grouse Mountain. My role encompasses technical tasks such as:
• Spatial analyses of different actions done over a continual timeline on a project site
• Automating workflows by writing custom software to interact with databases and web pages
• Designing and developing new database solutions both in-house and for clients
• Working with newer technologies such as Unmanned Aircraft Systems and mobile apps for spatial data collection

What's an experience that stands out to you from working at Grouse Mountain?

My first project automating a workflow was memorable for two key reasons. First, it was a good challenge to learn new coding techniques, and second, it was very fulfilling to create something that helps our permitting team members by regularly saving them time.

Tell us a few fun facts about you!

I grew up before the internet was ubiquitous, actually before Microsoft Windows was even popular, never mind iPhones, iPads or even iPods.

I sort my Skittles.

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Katie Taylor, Senior Wildlife Biologist

What made you want to choose this career path?

I would say I fell into it and was pleasantly surprised that it fit me quite well. When I started dabbling in the wildlife consulting world in 2010, I never thought I would be a long-time consultant, but the sphere of ever-changing wildlife regulatory policy intrigued me immediately. It didn't take long for me to realize that wildlife consulting was a bit of my jam. Working within the Western region on real world relevant wildlife matters is so enjoyable and gratifying.

What's your favorite part about working for Grouse Mountain?

The people I work with really make every day enjoyable. We have an amazing Wildlife Team that I wouldn't trade for anyone. That is not a lie! Also, the nature of the work keeps things jazzing and fresh. I get to work on a variety of projects that never seems to bore me.

What's an experience that stands out to you from working at Grouse Mountain?

Pretty much every day in the field conducting avian surveys. No day is ever the same. The seasons, species, and landscapes are forever changing and keeping me on my toes.

Tell us a few fun facts about you!

I love collecting skulls.
I eat mustard on just about everything.


Kylen Flannagan

How did you come to work at Grouse Mountain?

I was looking to move to Wyoming after I graduated from college, and I found this job on Indeed. My supervisor tried talking me out of moving over 1,000 miles for what was, at the time, a part-time job. But I’m stubborn.

What made you want to choose this career path?

I thoroughly enjoy working outdoors, and I love being able to be a part of improving/monitoring public and/or private lands.

What's your favorite part about working here?

I get to broaden my skillset, and because I get to do a little bit of everything, my job never gets boring!

What do you love about Wyoming?

I love the extensive open areas, and the beautifully small population of people in this state. I’m what you would call…an introvert.

What is your favorite past-time?

Playing with my dog and cats mostly. I do love taking my dog out on hikes/walks when the weather is nice. Gardening in the summer, staying warm in the winter.

Tell us a few fun facts about you!

I am originally from Nevada. I am very passionate about ranch dressing. I have an obsession with skulls. I love plants.

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Hillary Robbie, Project Manager

What do you do at Grouse Mountain?

My main task is to conduct surveys and habitat assessments for sensitive wildlife species. I’ll go out to a proposed project site, look for grouse leks, sensitive bird nests, swift fox dens, etc., and assess overall habitat potential. We give this information to federal and state agencies to help them make decisions regarding the projects.

Most projects approved by federal agencies need to go through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. That includes evaluating all the potential environmental effects of the proposed project on natural resources such as water quality, wildlife, cultural resources, and more. I prepare these Environmental Assessment (EA) documents for our clients to assist in this process.

What's your favorite part about working here?

The variety. One day you're monitoring an eagle nest, the next you're out hiking a stream to check for the proper functioning condition. I've counted sage-grouse strutting on a lek, found new populations of threatened plant species, assessed abandoned mine sites for bat habitat potential, studied habitat recovery post-fire, conducted bird point counts for wind energy development and more.

Tell us a few fun facts about you!

I'm very, very good at board games.
My bird life list is currently at 394 species.

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Suman Chitrakar, Lead Hydrologist

What made you want to choose this career path?

When I was pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do until I took course in Hydrology. Through this course I got chance to learn about the interactions of water and the earth’s systems and factors affecting the sustainability of water. Since then my interest in this field grew deeper and encouraged me to pursue a career in the same domain so that I could contribute the best of my knowledge and skill set in making the environment sustainable.

What's your favorite part about working here?

My favorite part of working at Grouse Mountain is the ideal work environment. I enjoy working in a small business environment, where I get to know all the people I work with. Working here, I feel there is a good balance between my professional and personal life.

What do you love about Wyoming?

No crowds, beautiful, natural wonders, and great outdoors…GO POKES!

Tell us a few fun facts about you!

• I can spend hours in the kitchen trying different recipes
• I wanted to be a medical practitioner when I was a little kid
• I won the national wushu championship of Nepal when I was 14 years old, that was one of the proudest accomplishments of my life
• I have visited most of the famous places in EU countries, but Venice is still on the Bucket list

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Chessney Sevier, Permitting Project Manager of State and Federal APD's

What made you want to choose GMEC for your career?

GMEC is an outstanding company to work for. As a company they have the same values that I do as an individual and that makes it a fit for me.

What do you love about Wyoming?

Pretty much everything! The natural beauty and history appeals most to the artist part of me. There’s a lot of freedom and independence here which sometimes requires persistence and grit.

What is your favorite past-time?

I'm a professional artist and have been for about 20 years. My favorite past-time, however, is rodeoing with my daughter. I was raised in a rodeo family and I enjoy carrying on the tradition.

Tell us a few fun facts about you!

I love to play cards with my family! Growing up in the middle of nowhere, playing cards was something we did with neighbors and friends for inexpensive entertainment.

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GET IN TOUCH

You can find us in the office weekdays from 8am-5pm or call anytime.

P: 307.684.2112
F: 307.684.2142

Grouse Mountain Headquarters
760 West Fetterman Street
Buffalo, WY 82834

Grouse Mountain New Mexico
3600 Cerrillos Rd, Ste 407
Santa Fe, NM 87507

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