Jackie Heinert is working in the shared position between the Alternative Energy Resource Organization (AERO) and Helena Community Gardens. This position focuses on grant writing and fund development, marketing, communications, and program assistance.

Jackie attended the University of Montana, receiving a BS in Forest Resource Management, and began a career with the Forest Service. She worked as a wildland firefighter, Forester, and environmental document writer on several western National Forests before taking time off to be with her young children. Jackie has been active in the Montana Master Gardening program, and volunteers for community gardens, farmers markets, and community events. Before moving back to Montana, she was director of the Chamber of Commerce in Lovell, Wyoming. Prior to that, she worked with a local group that received a grant and established the first community garden in Lincoln, Montana. In her previous positions, she has gained a lot of experience collaborating with community, government, nonprofit, and school groups. – See more at: