Jeanne Hamilton grew up in a small agricultural community in northeast Montana, graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Plant Sciences and began working from NRCS upon graduation.
Jeanne has worked in multiple field offices as a Soil Conservationist and District Conservationist in Montana and Arizona. She was an Area Program Manager and the State FA Program Manager in MT and has been in her role as and Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations in Pierre, SD for the past 4 years. Jeanne is continually looking for opportunities to develop her leadership skills and has completed both a tri-state and the national Leadership Development Programs. She also sees the value in taking advantage of detail opportunities to broaden her knowledge and has detailed to other states as an ASTC-Programs and ASTC-M&S as well as to NHQ as the national EQIP Branch Chief and the acting State Conservationist in SD. She tries to pay that forward through employee development of her staff and serving as a mentor to others.
Jeanne has been an active member of WiN for the past 3 years, serving as a regional representative, the vice president and now moving into the Executive Vice President for 2022. She was also an active member of the barriers committee and assists with different activities as well as co-chairing the WiN Book Club.
Jeanne also serves as an instructor for the Supervising for Excellence course and is active in the SD Chapter of SWCS where she chairs the activities committee.
Jeanne and her husband, Roy, both travel a lot for their respective careers, but they still find time to get out and enjoy the outdoor recreation that SD has to offer.