As they become available, Prairie Business highlights the region's new hires and promotions. This week's new hires spotlight includes the following:

Paulsen promotes team member to senior account specialist

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. • Allyse Steffen was recently promoted to senior account specialist at Paulsen.

Allyse Steffen
Allyse SteffenCourtesy of Paulsen

In this new position, Steffen will continue to manage day-to-day client-agency relationships and provide strategic insight and recommendations that impact our clients for the future.

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She is excited to step into her new role.

Steffen grew up in Brookings and graduated from the University of South Dakota with degrees in business administration and contemporary media and journalism.

KLJ member receives federal Dakota Skipper survey permit

BISMARCK, N.D. • KLJ is proud to announce that Corie Ereth, senior environmental planner, has received a permit from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) that allows her to complete Dakota skipper butterfly presence/absence surveys.

Corie Ereth
Corie ErethCourtesy of KLJ

Dakota skippers are federally protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Ereth will be one of only a handful of people completing this important work across the Midwest. Over the past few years, she went the extra mile by shadowing permitted surveyors during the brief annual Dakota skipper flight period to gain valuable field experience.

Ereth is an expert in environmental conservation and environmental planning. She has worked in coordination with private landowners, local, state, federal, and Tribal agencies. She is proficient in plant and ecological site identification and biological and botanical surveys.

Soon after the Dakota skipper was listed as a threatened species, she collaborated with the Bureau of Land Management and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to develop a botanical survey method for identifying potential Dakota skipper habitat. Ereth continues to work with federal agencies and industry, in an effort to protect the Dakota skipper and its habitat, understand its current distribution, and provide consultation to clients on ways to move their projects toward development.

Ereth earned her master’s degree in range science and her bachelor’s degree in animal and range sciences from North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D.

KLJ promotes to team member to recruitment manager

BISMARCK, N.D. • KLJ Engineering has promoted Travis Wilson to the position of recruitment manager.

Travis Wilson
Travis WilsonCourtesy of KLJ

He stepped into the interim recruitment manager role in March and now takes on the role officially. As KLJ’s recruitment manager he will lead the company’s recruitment efforts and ensure recruitment practices align with the strategic growth of the organization.

Wilson, who has worked in the company’s Human Resources department since April 2019, earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and human resources management from the University of Mary. He is a Society of Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and has a wealth of experience in talent recruitment, human resources, and business administration.

Enclave hires project manager

FARGO, N.D. • Enclave, a development, construction and management company headquartered in West Fargo, has hired Scott Bertrand as project manager in the Twin Cities metro.

Scott Bertrand
Scott BertrandCourtesy of Enclave

A graduate of Minnesota State University Mankato, Bertrand joins Enclave with five years of experience as project manager, project engineer and construction manager. Most recently, he served as project manager at Lyon Construction.

Bertrand will oversee Enclave’s construction projects in the Twin Cities from start to finish while supporting the organization’s mission of creating spaces where people are inspired to do their best work and live their best life.