Eric Olsen

Secretary, Board of Trustees

Eric holds a B.A. in English with a minor in Environmental Studies from Drew University, and an A.A in Liberal Arts from Sussex County Community College. He has worked for The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey since 2006 and currently serves as the Director of the Conservation Programs. In this role, working with a team of four, he oversees land protection, land management and land policy work for the Chapter.

Previously, he served as the Delaware River and Bay Whole System Project Director for The Nature Conservancy; coordinating the organization’s work across the four-state Delaware River region. During his tenure with TNC, Eric has been involved with forest and freshwater projects including land protection, stewardship, and restoration projects. One of the things he enjoys most is  working with landowners to realize their goal of permanently protecting their land.

Prior to the Conservancy, Eric worked for the Fairview Lake YMCA as a Program Specialist in Environmental Education, introducing children and adults to the wonders of the natural world. He is active in his community, sitting on the Environmental Commission, Land Use Board. As founding Chair of Sustainable Andover Township, Eric achieved certification for the town through the Sustainable Jersey program.

Married, with three children, Eric’s greatest joys come on a soccer field coaching his son’s soccer team, in the garden with his wife growing veggies, and alone in the woods watching birds.