Meet our Team: Matt Prosen

Matt is one of our EDRR (Early Detection Rapid Response) crew leads. His many seasons with us lends knowledge, experience, and expertise to our weed program. 

Although Matt grew up in the Chicago suburbs, he feels more at home in nature. If the housing market permits, he plans to live in Jackson for a while. You’ll catch him fishing, hiking, camping, paddle boarding, and making music throughout the year. 

One of his favorite memories was working up Corbets Couloir on a Saturday. Matt had the privilege of driving a truck up Teton Village and meeting Jimmy Chin. Another favorite memory that sticks out was being within fifteen feet of a wolf—being so close to wildlife it feels like you work in a safari. 

Name: Matt Prosen

Where did you grow up and what brought you to TCWP?

I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and moved out here to get away from the city and into nature.

What’s your current role at TCWP and how long have you worked here?

My current role at TCWP is Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) technician.

Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) is defined as a coordinated set of actions to find and eradicate potential invasive species in a specific location before they spread and cause harm.

Best parts of the job?

Being out in nature and seeing the wonderful landscape and wildlife.

The biggest challenges of the job?

Some days can be long and sweaty with a lot of miles.

What have you learned between your first season at TCWP and now?

I’ve learned a ton about the different types of plants and how our eradication plays a role in keeping the environment in tip top shape.

Best memory while working at TCWP?

Working up Corbets Couloir for Saturday work. I had the privilege of driving a truck up Teton Village and meeting Jimmy Chin

If you could rid Teton County of one weed what would it be and why?

I’d get rid of Spotted Knapweed because it is everywhere and detrimental to the river system.

Coolest wildlife experience in the field?

Being within fifteen feet of a wolf—being so close to wildlife it feels like you work in a safari. 

Do you want to stay in Jackson long-term or do you have your sights set on something else?

I have my sights set on staying here long term if the housing market permits.

What is your favorite part of living in Jackson?

I love being immersed in nature and not having to deal with living in a city.

Hobbies?

Fishing, hiking, camping, paddle boarding and making music.