Mr. Camarata holds two degrees in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, a BLA and MLA with honors -- regional resource planning, GIS and database, and land use were his acedemic focus. Jer has over twenty years experience in the water resource industry and has led two irrigation districts in Oregon -- Swalley ID, Bend and Farmers ID, Hood River -- taking responsibility for large-scale irrigation and hydropower infrastructure assets.
At Swalley, Jer strives to achieve environmentally and economically sustainable energy and irrigation service for the common good. As Swalley's executive officer, Mr. Camarata has charge of the staff, oversees field and office operations, proposes and manages budgets, spearheads strategic planning efforts, implements large-scale water efficiency projects, and is responsible for implementing and interpreting policy as well as engaging in and executing District negotiations, contracts, and agreements.
Jer also serves as Swalley's Board Secretary, the Deschutes Basin Board of Control's (DBBC) Board Secretary, and is a past Oregon Water Resources Congress and CREA Board Member.
As an aside, Jer loves to ski, mountain bike, run multi-day whitewater trips, run a chainsaw, and explore nature and culinary delights with his friends and family. His young son Max thoroughly enjoys distracting him from work.