Shonto joined First Nations in January 2022 as a Project Coordinator for the Stewarding Native Lands program.
Shonto draws from a variety of experiences for this position. Most recently, as a bosque restoration supervisor for the Pueblo of Isleta Water Resources Department, he developed organizational systems to record progress metrics to share with stakeholders, while adhering to Pueblo of Isleta tribal policies, traditions, and operations. Prior to this, Shonto was a program manager with Arizona Conservation Corps, responsible for the recruitment, training, supervision, and mentorship of multiple AmeriCorps members.
He served as a fellow for Teton Science Schools in Jackson, Wyoming, for the Doug Walker Challenge Course, a high-ropes course and resource for building community and helping participants develop leadership, interpersonal, and intrapersonal skills. Shonto also worked as a program coordinator and as a field coordinator for Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps in Gallup, New Mexico.
Shonto was a member of the Steering Committee of the #RecreateResponsibly Coalition in 2021, and the ELP Advisory Council for the Center for Jackson Hole from 2019 to 2021. A certified Wilderness First Responder, Shonto also has received training in first aid, trail management, wildland fire behavior, herbicide application, worker protection, and geodatabase management.
When not at work, Shonto can be found planning his next project or trip, mountain biking, climbing, bowling, rafting, tending cornfields, and playing in the dirt with his dog, Bella.