John Weisheit

John Weisheit

Conservation Director

Living Rivers

Moab, UT USA

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John Weisheit


My road in life has been direct.
He moved around as a child, but his family always lived near the Colorado River.
The river was always a source of recreation for him; he valued the simplicity of the outdoors, never felt materialistic.
Started college but walked out in the middle of a math class because he knew he needed to find a career outdoors.
He spent time laboring on farms, building homes-realized the thing that tied all of his interests together was the Colorado River.
Worked as a river guide for 21 years, much longer than most people spend at that job; became the Colorado Riverkeeper in 2002.
Always figured that there were nonprofit groups taking care of the river, then realized that no one was protecting the river's best interests.
He quit his river-keeping job to form his own nonprofit, Living Rivers, with the explicit mission of conserving the Colorado River.
Faces harsh criticism and threats for his conservationist work, but he relishes his adversaries because they facilitate healthy debate.
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Conservation Director

I work to restore and protect the Colorado River for future generations.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Environment & Nature
Non-Profit Organizations
Upholding a Cause and Belief


Challenges I Overcame

Drugs / Addiction