Born and raised in Mount Vernon, Maine, Matt O’Neal graduated from Unity College with a degree in Wildlife Biology in 2009. O’Neal has worked for several seasons as a volunteer on the Bear Crew in the winter, while also working for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife collecting samples from hunter-killed deer for disease testing.
“My goal down the road is to be outside as much as I can,” O’Neal said. “I don’t do well stuck indoors, I am very much a go-go-go kind of person and I am looking forward to the future and what it has to hold.”
O’Neal also works for the BioDiversity Research Institute, observing loons and collecting information about their reproduction and mating habits on lakes in the Rangeley and Stratton region.
In his free time, O’Neal enjoys fishing, hiking, biking and hunting.
“I spent most of my childhood outside playing, and as soon as I able to I was riding a bike and I have been ever since,” O’Neal said. “Maine, in my opinion, is a fantastic place to live and I look forward to what’s to come.”