About Jennifer (Jen) Herne
Jen is a passionate outdoor enthusiast and environmental advocate. Hailing from the small city of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, Jen developed a keen love for adventure through her time growing up paddling the rivers of northern Ontario. Her love for travel and environmental issues led her to pursue an undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph in Geography and Political Science, and a master’s degree in International Environmental Politics Studies from North Carolina State University. Most recently, Jen has shifted her focus to working in the field of outdoor-environmental education, which she made official in 2017 by completing her Bachelor of Education at St. Thomas University in New Brunswick, Canada.
Professionally, Jen has more than 10 years of experience as an educator and outdoor professional. She has worked as an instructor and guide for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ontario and New Brunswick Departments of Education, and the Universities of Guelph and North Carolina. During the last three years, Jen has been cultivated her love for the ocean by training and working as a sea kayak guide on Bay of Fundy. During the summer season, Jen leads students on multi-day wilderness expeditions as an Outdoor Educator and Course Director with Outward Bound Canada.
Jen’s professional experience is also rooted in project management. In her former life, she spent several years working overseas in Italy, Argentina and Taiwan as teacher, Staff Manager and Project Manager. She also worked for the University of New Brunswick as Program Manager with the Canadian Rivers Institute and Communications Coordinator with the Canadian Fisheries Research Network.
Jen is excited to be joining Quark for her third Antarctic season. She is a true lover of adventure travel and is looking forward to meeting many new friends along the way.