After obtaining his bachelor's degree in Geography from the University of Victoria, Jonah worked for the Alberta Government conducting FireSmart surveys in small communities from the Rockies to the boreal forest.
After a winter working for the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, he moved to Jasper and worked for Parks Canada for two summers as a park interpreter, relating policy choices and climate change to the changing mountains, such as declining caribou herds and retreating glaciers. He worked for the New Zealand Government for their Department of Conservation doing invasive species work on remote islands off the east coast.
Jonah is passionate about birding and wildlife photography, hobbies which compliment his career focus on conservation and collaborative policy.
He moved back to Canada to Lillooet to work with the BC Ministry of Forests as a First Nations Relations Advisor. Here, Jonah met with and formed relationships with the St’at’imc and Nlaka’pamux chiefs and communities in the Fraser Canyon and Merritt areas. He worked on the Big Bar Landslide emergency response, creating a solution that enabled Indigenous governments, the province, and the federal government to work together to come to a shared decision-making table. This was one of the first examples of this happening in an emergency.
Jonah and his wife also organized the first Lillooet and Area Bioblitz and continue to do so every year with the help of the Lillooet Naturalist Society. He founded the Lillooet Community Volunteer Invasives Team that works to remove invasive plants from trails and walkways in Lillooet. Jonah also sits on the BC General Employees Union Local for Area 05, representing workers for his union.