Emilé first laid eyes on Jackson in 2003, and made such an impact on her that she went on to pursue her undergraduate studies at the University of Montana receiving a double major in Natural Resource Conservation and Environmental Studies with a minor in International Development. At U of M, Emile spent summers researching restoration ecology and policy in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. After her graduation in 2010, she moved back to Jackson to work as an outdoor educator and naturalist, teaching at the Teton Science Schools and the National Outdoor Leadership School.
In 2020, she went back to school to pursue a Master of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Environment where she is finishing her second year. Prior to Yale, she worked at the Bureau of Land Management, where she conducted habitat assessments, collected ecological data, and worked on federal policy for the Greater Sage-grouse Conservation Plan. As a field ecologist, she researched and studied pollination ecology in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
During her time at Yale, she has produced a solar feasibility study for the Nature Conservancy’s Ten Sleep preserve that is now being installed. She served as the Co-Executive Director of the Environmental Film Festival at Yale.
In Jackson, WY, Emilé serves as an ambassador for various outdoor brands, and works as a writer, covering topics from outdoor inclusion, Western identity, and the natural environment. On the side, she works as a sustainability consultant conducting carbon accounting and sourcing offsets for clients.