Jayde Essex

Project Coordinator

Jayde joins LLTK in 2023 after years focusing on a variety of projects striving to protect the environment. She most recently served as a Project Coordinator with Sound Salmon Solutions, one of Washington’s Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups working to restore Salmon habitat within the Snohomish, Stillaguamish, and South Island County Watersheds. Her passion for science was kindled when working with Horseshoe Crabs and their blood in a lab in her hometown—Cape May, New Jersey. She then moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains where she built a strong connection to the land there and led a research project studying the bee species found along the Blue Ridge Parkway, a project that is continuing today. Jayde was led to the Pacific Northwest in 2020 with the opportunity to work in Environmental Restoration and hasn’t turned back since. Jayde holds a B.S. in Biology with a focus on Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology from Appalachian State University; and has completed UW’s certificate program in Wetland Science and Management. In her free time, she enjoys playing outside in any way possible including hiking, camping, and paddle boarding; or trying to attend a Phish show.