Raised by a father who worked for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Scott Moats always had an interest in conserving Iowa’s natural heritage. As a native from Estherville, Iowa, Moats pursued a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Biology at Buena Vista University. After his undergraduate experience, Moats attended the University of Northern Iowa to complete his Master’s in Biology.
In 1990, Moats started as an intern for The Nature Conservancy in Iowa and worked his way to a full-time position by 1993. In his present role, Moats manages all aspects of stewardship work from planning, prescribed fires, grazing management, fire training, field trips, etc. Most of Moats’ work is based in the Broken Kettle Grasslands, but he appreciates any opportunity to visit other Nature Conservancy project areas.