Jess Butt grew up in each of the four corners of the U.S., backpacking, fishing, snow and water skiing, and hiking.  From 2009 to 2010, she took Environmental Science and Spanish courses at the National University of Costa Rica, where she developed an affinity for hiking active volcanos. She then moved to the California redwoods to play collegiate soccer at Humboldt State University, graduating in 2013 with a B.A. in Anthropology and minors in Spanish and Environmental Ethics. Following graduation, Jess worked as a guide in various capacities in nineteen countries on four continents, while based primarily in Central and South America.  Since early 2017, she has spent most of her nights under the stars, working as a Senior Field Guide for a wilderness therapy program in the high desert of southern Utah.  Jess is currently a first-year law student at the University of Oregon, interested primarily in environmental dispute mediation.