Shannon Wadas

Shannon grew up in Woodland Park, Colorado and attended Western Colorado University, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Outdoor Recreation with a minor in Biology. After graduating, she worked at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area as a wildlife biologist intern for a season.
 
In 2008, Shannon was hired as a park ranger for Colorado Parks and Wildlife and attended the law enforcement academy at Arapahoe Community College, earning her POST certification. Her first park assignment was at Lathrop State Park, in Walsenburg where Shannon worked for two and a half years as the lead for the aquatic nuisance species program before transferring to Chatfield State Park in Denver where she was the boat and swim beach ranger. In 2011, Shannon became the senior ranger of James M. Robb Colorado River State Park and was the operations manager of two of the park sections in Fruita and Grand Junction. During this time, she also served as a firearms instructor for the agency as well as a field training officer, mentoring the newly hired rangers.
 
In 2017, Shannon changed directions and served as the northwest regional representative for U.S. Senator Michael Bennet. She covered six counties and filled various congressional aide roles including constituent advocacy, outreach on legislation and specific policy objectives, and planning and staffing the senator on official visits to the region. Since the fall of 2017, Shannon has also worked as a youth mountain bike coach, teaching at an after-school program.
 
Shannon is excited to be joining the RiversEdge West team as the Associate Director where she will be able to utilize her natural resource experience, along with her management and leadership skills, to support staff and the overall mission of the organization.
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mission is to advance the restoration of riparian lands through collaboration, education, and technical assistance.

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