Coastal Habitat Policy Review

Fall 2021 student position at the Nicholas Institute/Energy Initiative

Position Summary

We are looking for a graduate or undergraduate student to join the State Policy program at the Nicholas Institute/Energy Initiative, working on an ongoing project assessing status of coastal habitats in six US states (Massachusetts, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, California, and Washington) and the effectiveness of relevant policy at protecting or restoring habitat. The project is currently in its literature review and content analysis phase and we are hoping for a student who can help lead the informal consultation and stakeholder engagement elements of this work. The stakeholder engagement work was originally supposed to happen via in-person workshops, but has since transitioned to strategic one-on-one engagements over zoom or other teleconferencing tools, a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The student will assist with and be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Identifying and researching coastal habitat and policy experts and stakeholders representing academia, NGOs, government agencies, recreation and tourism, community development, permitting and development, coastal restoration industry etc.
  • Screening and selecting experts to contact based on pre-determined inclusion criteria
  • Scheduling interviews with individual experts, the student assistant (yourself) and either Rachel Karasik or Amy Pickle
  • Taking notes during interview
  • Summarizing key themes and trends from interviews

This student will be reporting to policy associate Rachel Karasik and under the guidance of State Policy program director Amy Pickle. This is a part-time (8-10 hours/week) paid position for the fall 2021 semester. Work will likely be conducted remotely with regular meetings via Zoom and ongoing communication via Slack and email; there may be opportunities for in-person work and/or meetings. This position is open to students enrolled at Duke University who are residing in North Carolina, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, or Washington, D.C. Undergraduate students must reside in North Carolina.


  • Desktop research
  • Data management
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Interest in coastal habitat or policy

To Apply

To apply, please send your resume or CV and a cover letter to Donna Brown, Interviews will occur on a rolling basis starting Tuesday, August 31.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representation of the types and level of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title. It shall not be construed as a declaration of all specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position, as employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Duke also makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire, and promote qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.