John Konovsky has worked as a conservation biologist and environmental program manager for Indigenous communities both in the U.S.A. and Canada for 25 years. His professional career has focused on the biological recovery of threatened ecosystems, especially at the marine-upland interface. His experience includes assessment of cumulative effects and watershed restoration planning, protection of water quality to support shellfish and finish harvest, and the intersection among Western and Indigenous science, government policy, and law.
While working for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation near Vancouver, John also had responsibility for developing an oil spill preparedness and response strategy. Tsleil-Waututh was on the front lines for the 2007 Burnaby oil spill and the 2015 Marathassa oil spill, both in Burrard Inlet. In this capacity, John has worked closely with leadership at Tsleil-Waututh, Fisheries and Oceans Canada/Canadian Coast Guard, Transport Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Washington State Department of Ecology, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation. His top priority has always been to ensure that Indigenous interests are incorporated into policy, planning, and program implementation activities.
John holds a B.A. from Earlham College and an M.S. from Washington State University. He has trained extensively in incident command and has attended numerous industry exercises and government planning processes. He spent 21 days in Unified Command as Tsleil-Waututh’s representative for the Marathassa spill.
In his spare time, John likes to sea kayak, hike the Sonoran Desert, and eat his way around the world with his spouse, Don.