- Bachelor of Arts, Biology, California State University, San Bernardino
- Master of Science, International Relations, Troy State University
- Various wildlife related courses from a variety of universities
Dave has worked for the Forest Service since 2001 and has worked with TEAMS since 2009. He has worked in a range of positions including as a biological science technician in Utah and Wisconsin and in other positions on forests in New Mexico and Illinois.
Dave retired from the U.S. Army in 1999.
Dave is a Leave No Trace Master Educator.