Joran Viers' Qualifications

Formal Education

  • Master of Science in Teaching, Botany Department, University of Florida, 1994.  Focus areas: Plant Ecology, Plant Taxonomy, Entomology, Education.
  • Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude), Biology Department, University of New Mexico, 1992.  Focus areas: Botany, Plant Ecology.  Minor: Spanish.

Professional Involvement and Credentials

  • Board Certified Master Arborist and Municipal Specialist, International Society of Arboriculture.
  • Past board member, Rocky Mountain Chapter, International Society of Arboriculture.
  • Board member and past-president, Think Trees New Mexico.
  • Tree Risk Assessment Qualified.
  • 2016 Municipal Forestry Institute graduate.
  • NMDA Public Applicator Pesticide Licenses 3A and 3B.  2006 – current.
  • First Detector Invasive Pest Training, New Mexico State University, 2008.
  • Founding board member of the National Association of State Organic Programs (NASOP)
  • Past board member of Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)

Full-Time Professional Experience

  • City Forester, City of Albuquerque, Park Management Division, Parks and Recreation Department. 
  • State Urban and Small Farm Horticulture Agent, New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service, Los Lunas, NM. 
  • County Program Director/Agriculture Agent, Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service, Albuquerque, NM.   
  • Agency Director, New Mexico Organic Commodity Commission, Albuquerque, NM. 
  • Farm Manager, University of Florida Horticultural Department Organic Gardening Research and Demonstration Farm, Gainesville, Fl. 
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