Victoria Steckhan

I joined EWS in 2021 as a volunteer through the European Solidarity Corps programme and am lucky enough to be working in an amazing international team, all while based in the beautiful Lungau region of Austria. Having grown up at the northern edge of the Black Forest, I developed a love for the outdoors early on and enjoy experiencing nature first-hand, whether through wildlife watching or cycling.

I studied conservation biology and ecology in the UK, where I gained a better understanding of global environmental issues and solutions. During this time I completed a placement at an agricultural research centre, where I learned about eco-friendly approaches to farming. At the end of my studies I was looking for an organisation with a Europe-wide approach to conservation, as attending a European School showed me the value of international cooperation from a young age. This is exactly what I found with EWS and have been involved in a range of interesting conservation projects so far. In 2022 I’m thrilled to be starting as an assistant project manager in LIFEstockProtect, where I hope to contribute further to achieving human-wildlife coexistence in Europe.