Meet our 2022 interns!

collage of two photos of people in natural settings

Jordan DeLawder (pictured left) graduated from Tufts University with a BS in Environmental Engineering. Jordan currently works at a farm and a produce market, and they are interested in bridging the gap between Portland’s urban center and nearby rural areas. Jordan spent several years studying herbalism and is an avid local forager. They are interested in learning to be a better steward of the land to protect natural resources for future generations, and they hope to learn more specific technical skills with West Multnomah. Their reference says that they are a great leader and often teach others about plants!

Shahbaz Khan (pictured right) studied Integrative Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and gained experience with forestry work as a student research assistant and volunteer. He most recently worked for a local restoration crew, while also enrolled in PCC’s Geographic Information System (GIS) certification program and is currently taking classes on drone operation. Shahbaz is broadly interested in conservation sciences and is excited about learning more of the various GIS/Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) applications in environmental stewardship, extending outreach to the community, and mentorship opportunities with West Multnomah and its many partners to prepare for graduate school. Shahbaz’s references call him “cool, calm, and collected” and, most importantly, say that he makes work “fun.”

We’re excited to get to know these two interns, welcome them to our staff, and help them both gain the experience, resources, and connections they may need to succeed in their career goals.