Joyce Schlachter

Wildlife Biologist

San Diego Project Office/Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office

Bureau of Land Management

U.S. Department of the Interior

Telephone: (619) 669-2951


Joyce Schlachter earned a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management, with an emphasis in diseases and environmental ethics, from Humboldt State University in 1994. She began her career with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in 1991 as a Cooperative Agreement Student (CoOp), now known as a SCEPs (Student Career Employee Program). Her CoOp began in Roseburg, Oregon where she participated in a spotted owl demographic study, trapped flying squirrels, and assisted with a herpetological study for a Master's Thesis. She completed her CoOp agreement in Arcata, CA by monitoring spotted owls and marbled murrelets.

In 1994 she accepted a permanent position with the BLM in the Mojave Desert where she worked on a demographic study of desert bighorn sheep and assisted in bat and desert tortoise monitoring and research. In 2002 she transferred to the BLM Palm Springs/South Coast Field Office and was stationed in San Diego where she provides wildlife input for fire projects such as prescribed burns, fuel reduction, and the construction of fire and fuel breaks.

During the Southern California wildfires of 2003, Joyce was assigned responsibility as the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Implementation Leader for BLM lands affected by the Old fire (San Bernardino), and the three major San Diego fires (Paradise, Cedar, and Otay).