Conservation Voters for Idaho is happy to introduce our newest staff member: Eric Oliver.
As CVI’s Conservation Fellow, Eric will work to connect CVI with rural communities across Idaho by highlighting our shared values and collective stories.
Eric grew up in a small town in New Hampshire adjacent to the White Mountain National Forest where roads were dirt and neighbors were family. He spent his childhood blazing trails through the woods, perfecting ski turns, and practicing marksmanship with his dad. Winter and summer, rain or shine, he spent his free time outside.
Eager to expand his horizons, Eric gained a B.A. in International Studies from American University and began his career in Washington, D.C. It wasn’t long before the desire to spend more time outside pulled him away from the city and back toward the woods. He took on work as a wilderness trip guide, a ski instructor, and even a chocolate salesman to be able to explore the Western U.S. and reconnect with the outdoors.
In 2015, he hiked the Pacific Northwest Trail, passing through Idaho’s rugged Selkirk Mountains. His interested was piqued. Idaho’s vast swaths of public land and community-minded spirit led Eric to settle in the Treasure Valley, where he skis, runs trails and backpacks to his heart’s content.
Before joining CVI, Eric worked with the Idaho Conservation Corps, leading and managing crews of young people from all over Idaho as they took on conservation projects alongside local, state, and federal agencies and stakeholders.
Working in small towns and communities showed Eric the variety of ways conservation is carried out in Idaho, and he is excited to continue listening to and learning from community members across the state.
Eric knows that a healthy connection to the outdoors and a strong commitment to community go hand in hand. As the Conservation Fellow, he will work alongside organizations and stakeholders statewide to uplift rural voices and priorities as Idaho charts its conservation future. We’re more powerful when we focus on what we have in common, and in Idaho, there’s a lot to be proud of. He looks forward to celebrating these shared values through his work with CVI.