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College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Katie Schade

Rangeland Management Specialist for the Natural Resource Conservation Service

Katie Schade

As a recent graduate from the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Katie Schade, a New Mexico native, started her career path in Worland Wyoming working for the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) as a Rangeland Management Specialist. 

“The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Played a large role in where I am today,” Schade said, “It’s incredible to be able to go to a college where you not only want to do well and succeed to better yourself, but also to try so you make your professors and the staff proud of you.”

Along with her full-time position, Schade is also busy serving on multiple committees as a Special Emphasis Program Manager for the Civil Rights Advisory Committee, a Northwest Council Representative for the Wyoming Chapter of the Society for Range Management and as the Chair for the Student Activities Committee for the National Society for Range Management.

Schade received her Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management and Environment and Natural Resources undergraduate degrees in May 2012, and her Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management Graduate degree in May 2013. As an active student around campus, Schade was involved in the UW Range Club, Bible study, the College of Agriculture Student Ambassadors, the UW food science club, intramural sports, and was the President of the International Student Conclave for the Society for Range Management. 

“The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources played a large role in where I am today,” Schade said, “Because they decided to be a part of the first Agrifuture conference, I was able to meet the State Conservationist of the NRCS and land my first internship with them.”

As a well achieved individual, Schade stated, “It took my parent’s love and support, and my friends to keep me striving for my goals, as well as the generous donors that are a part of the College’s Brand of Excellence Scholarships.”
Through the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Schade received the Mary Mead Memorial Scholarship for Women in Agriculture, the Chiles P and Evelyn Plumber Scholarship, the John and Esther Clay Scholarship, the Frank Rauzi Range Management/Soils Scholarship, and the Jim and Marian Berger Graduate Scholarship, that all helped with her success. 

Schade’s advice for students approaching graduation is to be excited about a future job out of college. 

“I recognize how fortunate I am to be working with people who encourage and support me at every level, from the State Conservationist all the way through to my boss in the local field office.”

Schade plans to continue her career with the NRCS in Wyoming where she can help ranchers and farmers in any way that she can.


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