Matthew Jones

Matthew Jones

Water Resource Education Specialist

Fort Wayne, Indiana Area
Renewables & Environment

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Matthew Jones's Overview

  • Water Resource Education Specialist at Allen County Partnership for Water Quality
  • Owner/Operator-Primary Producer/Director/Interpreter at Atlantis Rising
  • Volunteer-First Responder at Allen County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Member at Environmental Educators Association of Indiana
  • Board Member at North East Indiana Green Build Coalition
  • Volunteer-Disaster Action Team Chair at Northeast IN American Red Cross
  • Older Adult Recreation Specialist at Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation
  • Owner/Operator at Broadway Galleries

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Matthew Jones' Summary

I am a pofessional communicator with a flair toward resource interpretation. Having recently discovered the storyteller inmyself, I am diversifying my talents to fit new opportunities.
My objective is to, as the saying goes, "love the job I do so as to never work a day in my life."
This is not to say I do not have a myriad of other talents and have often been referred to as a "Renaissance Man."

Matthew Jones' Experience

Water Resource Education Specialist

Allen County Partnership for Water Quality

March 2006Present (8 years 7 months)

- Conducting education and outreach related to the county-wide NPDES MS4 programs.
- Educating the public through all media (brochures, video, PSA, web, etc.).
- Coordinating stakeholder meetings, professional trainings and volunteers.
- Point of contact with media concerning related issues.
- Conducting outreach and support to gov’t., NGOs, schools, interest groups, gen’l public.

Owner/Operator-Primary Producer/Director/Interpreter

Atlantis Rising

November 2010Present (3 years 11 months) Fort Wayne, Indiana Area

This is the company I have envisioned since my youth. Without knowing what it would be, I knew I would need a production company. This came to pass as I created interpretive characters for my main career. An author and storyteller, who has since become a great friend, tapped me out to expand into the realm of storytelling-as I was already doing this.
The date reflects my first private booking.
I am available for booking anywhere with concerns to cost.
Services are: Interpretive Storytelling; Consultation; Content and Development; Resource Interpretation; and soon, Video Production.

Some of the venues where I have presented:
Peoria Clean Water Celebration (4 to-date)
EEAI Conferences (2 to-date)
Indiana State Envirothon
Indiana State Fair/IASWCD Pathway to Water Quality (2 to-date)
Tippecanoe Audubon Society
Elkhart Environmental Center EnviroFest

Upcoming Event: portraying early conservationist Charles Deam at the
US Forest Service/Hoosier National Forest Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary

Ongoing Tour affiliations:
Hall's Deck Pontoon Tours (7years to-date)
Cap'n Black's River Tours (2 to-date)
Tours Fort Wayne-Segway (2 to-date)

Volunteer-First Responder

Allen County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

May 2003Present (11 years 5 months)

Certified member-Emergency First Responder.


Environmental Educators Association of Indiana

November 2010October 2012 (2 years)

At-large member 2010-2012. NE Regional Chair. Communication committee member 2010-2011

Board Member

North East Indiana Green Build Coalition

February 2008September 2009 (1 year 8 months)

Participated in board decisions affecting the direction of sustainabiilty in the North-eastern portion of Indiana. Advised on projects where the NEIGBC was engaged.

Volunteer-Disaster Action Team Chair

Northeast IN American Red Cross

August 2005January 2007 (1 year 6 months)

Point-of-contact for Disaster Action Team; First-response for supplemental emergency services.
Served on Int’l Services/Disaster Action/Social Services teams.
Hold many separate ARC certifications.

Older Adult Recreation Specialist

Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation

February 2001March 2006 (5 years 2 months)

- Managed 30+ activities for a variety of audiences aged 50+.
- Coordinated/researched/lead educational activities and classes.
- Executed special event, fund-raising planning and design.
- Acted as spokesperson and media contact for events and activities.


Broadway Galleries

November 1997April 2003 (5 years 6 months)

- Managed primary public relations and advertising.
- Restored art and negotiated contracts sale of artwork.
- Trained and managed staff and volunteers.
- Managed supply-stream, corporate contracts and sub-contractors.
- Executed special event, fund-raising planning and design.

Matthew Jones' Honors and Awards

  • 2013 COA IDEM MS4 Education and Outreach

    IN Dept. of Environmental Management
    • May 2013

    Accolade regarding creation of activity and signage for "Our a-Maze-ing Rivers" resource education straw maze.

Matthew Jones' Projects

  • Stormwater to Soils

    • October 2012 to December 2012
    Team Members: Matthew Jones

    A review of research on Dissolved Reactive Phosphorus in the Lake Erie/Maumee River Basin.

  • "A Watershed Mentality" documentary

    • March 2006 to June 2007
    Team Members: Matthew Jones, Ray Steup

    A PBS documentary on the challenges of sedimentation and erosion in the Maumee River Basin. This documentary addresses the water quality aspects of sedimentation and the secondary and tertiary effects it has on water resources, communities, flooding and the regional economy. thsi also addresses the benefits of addressing the issues and improving the water quality of the waterways and communities.

  • "Do What You Can Do PSA series-Fertilizer"

    • February 2012 to Present
    Team Members: Matthew Jones, Sharon Partridge-Domer, Audrey Graft

    First in a series of PSAs to be released. The Fertilizer PSA runs 30sec. and relates excess fertilizer to Blue-green algae growth in waterways.

  • "Where My River Runs" primer and trailer

    • August 2013 to Present
    Team Members: Matthew Jones, Erin Smith

    Short video segments promoting the content and curriculum of the classroom-based module, "Where My River Runs." This curriculum was created by our partner, the St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative. We were tasked with creating a video intro and "teaser" to generate interest.

  • RiverFront Fort Wayne

    • January 2014 to Present
    Team Members: Matthew Jones, Jill Hoffmann

    Education and Outreach sub-committee for the redevelopment and integration of the civic-river interface. part of a multi-million dollar plan to help re-establish the rivers as the focal point of the community.

Matthew Jones' Languages

  • Basic Chinese (Mandarin)

Matthew Jones' Skills & Expertise

  1. Office Equipment
  2. Small Business
  3. Water Resources
  4. Sustainability
  5. Community Outreach
  6. Public Speaking
  7. Environmental Education
  8. Storytelling
  9. Interactive Storytelling
  10. Stormwater Management
  11. Visual Storytelling
  12. Transmedia Storytelling
  13. Strategic Communications
  14. Community Engagement
  15. History
  16. Tour Operators
  17. Tourism
  18. GIS Application
  19. Graphic Design
  20. Website Development
  21. Online Research
  22. Qualitative Research
  23. PowerPoint
  24. Boating
  25. Outdoor Recreation
  26. Outdoor Education
  27. Site Development
  28. Fine Art
  29. Art Restoration
  30. Framing
  31. Computer Proficiency
  32. Event Planning
  33. Event Management
  34. Water Quality
  35. Grants
  36. Grant Writing
  37. Natural Resource Management
  38. Volunteer Management
  39. Program Management
  40. Hydrology
  41. Community Development
  42. Watershed Management
  43. GIS
  44. Environmental Policy
  45. Environmental Science
  46. Ecology
  47. Training
  48. Water
  49. Fundraising
  50. Proposal Writing

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Matthew Jones' Publications

  • A Watershed Mentality

    • WFWA PBS 39
    • May 27, 2007
    Authors: Matthew Jones, Ray Steup

    Great Lakes Commission project on sedimentation and erosion in the Great Lakes.
    this project targeted the causes and effects of sedimentation. The direction of the film featured an overview of the economic and community cost-benefits resulting from this problem and its remediation.
    I was the grant Project manager, Program Consultant and Co-writer for this film.

  • "Re-creating on Our Rivers"

    • TEDx Fort Wayne
    • April 28, 2013
    Authors: Matthew Jones

    Using river resources to refocus communities on the power of place. This presentation stresses the role river restoration and recreation can have in our communities.

  • From Stormwater to Soils

    • in-house
    • February 1, 2012
    Authors: Matthew Jones

    A review of research papers concerning phosphorus and its impact on our environment. Mostly concerning the Maumee River watershed and Lake Erie, this research ties together the independent studies tracking the impact of phosphorus over time.

Matthew Jones' Education

Indiana University—Purdue University Fort Wayne

post-grad, Public Finance/Management


Indiana Univerity-Fort Wayne

BGS, Environmental Science/Ecology; Visual/Graphic Arts


Matthew Jones' Additional Information


Outdoor Recreation, Art Restoration, History, Community Events, Interpretive Storytelling

Groups and Associations:

EEAI (IN), NEIGBC, Indiana Project WET,American Red Cross, CERT, NWF, WWF, Indiana Master Naturalists, Indiana Master Gardeners,

Honors and Awards:

2008 Governors Award for Environmental Excellence (co-recipient), 2008 Who's Who in America, 2010 COA Little River Wetlands, 2010 COA IDEM MS4 Education and Outreach ("Dr. Coldwater"), 2011 Showcase Award IASWCD Annual Conference (co-recipient); 2012 COA IDEM MS4 Education and Outreach ("Our A-maze-ing Rivers").

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