Jim has worked in surface water and environmental science for more than 35 years. He has been with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources for 22 years, in roles including streamgaging engineer for the past dozen years, as well as survey chief, and floodplain mapping, among other roles. One of his favorite roles is heading up NeRAIN, a program that collects daily weather readings from hundreds of citizen scientist across the state, and provides the information as maps and reports available to all. Prior to working with the State of Nebraska, Jim was an environmental consultant in Texas for nine years, and spent several years in academia, including two years as a geology instructor. Jim has a Bachelor’s degree in Geological Sciences from Loma Linda University, and a Master’s degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Arizona.