Zack Steele, Executive Director
Zack Steele has been the District’s Executive Director since 2016.
Zack is continuing the Conservation District’s longstanding goals of protecting clean water and healthy soil in Hancock County.
Zack and his wife Paige returned to Hancock County two years ago after living in Southern Maine for five years. During that time Zack, worked for the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, a partner of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) dedicated to long-term scientific research stewardship and education of coastal wetlands.
At the Wells Reserve, Zack coordinated over 70 workshops as part of the Protecting our Children’s Water initiative and helped the City of Sanford develop a natural resource conservation plan.
In 2012, Zack completed a Master of Science at the University of New Hampshire’s Department of Natural Resources and the Environment.
Since returning to the area, Zack and Paige have bought a home in Ellsworth, and started a family — their son, Henrick, will be two this summer. When Zack isn’t working he can be found outside gardening, hiking or skiing.
Jeff Norment, Watershed Protection Project Manager
In May 2018, the District welcomed wildlife and habitat management specialist, Jeff Norment, on staff as the new Watershed Protection Project Manager. For 16 years, Jeff Norment was lead biologist for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (in Florida for three years and in Maine for 13 years). In Maine, Jeff became actively involved in a wide range of state and New England conservation initiatives including, but not limited to: aquatic habitat connectivity, New England cottontail recovery, and pollinator conservation.
Prior to working for the NRCS, Jeff was a Regional Private Lands Biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (10 years) and Field Supervisor for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ Ruffed Grouse Restoration Program (2 years). He has a M.S. degree in Biology/Ecology from Eastern Kentucky University and a B.A. in Zoology from the University of Maine. Jeff enjoys fishing and other outdoor pursuits when he gets a chance. Mostly, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Mary, and his two kids, Lukas and Rachel.
Stephanie Aquilina, Administrative and Communications Associate
Board of Supervisors
Mark Whiting, Chair
Teresa Davis, Vice Chair
Wilbur Saunders, Treasurer
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District Supervisor Election voting is open until 7:45 am Wednesday December 13th. All registered voters within the boundaries of the Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District are eligible to vote. You may vote in person or pick up a mail in ballot at our...