Jeff graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 2000 with a BSc. Forestry and a minor in wildlife. He moved to Ontario in 2001 where he worked as a Crew Boss with Kakina Forestry Services, and as a Forestry Technician with the County of Renfrew before moving back to Newfoundland and Labrador in 2002. Since his return, he has held various positions within the Department of Natural Resources including: Land Use Technician, Silviculture and Research Forester and his current position as Regional Ecosystem Forester. He has been a Registered Professional Forester since 2005 and a member of the Canadian Institute of Forestry – NL Section since 1996. He served on the CIF-NL executive for 7 years.