Coastal Habitat Policy Review Student Positions

We are looking to hire six Duke University masters and graduate level students to join the Nicholas Institute on a project reviewing and analyzing state and federal policies intended to address four key coastal habitats in the contiguous US: salt marsh, mangroves, sea grass, and oyster reefs. This work will contribute to a report for the Pew Foundation with an overview of the status and trends of the key habitats and their relevant policies and management plans.

Coastal Habitat Assessment. Three student assistants will primarily focus on assessing and synthesizing the status of the four habitats. They will find and synthesize current literature, including state-level reports, which describe the status and condition of the key coastal habitats, trends based on historical baselines, importance of the habitats for providing ecosystem services, benefits attributed to restoration and the drivers for decline or impact. This review will be comprehensive but non-exhaustive.

Policy Assessment. Three student assistants will focus on the status and trends of state and federal policies as they relate to protecting and restoring coastal habitats with specific relevance for the four key habitats. In addition, students will develop a database of state policies that have an impact on protection or restoration of the key coastal habitats in six coastal states.

Students will be reporting to Policy Associate Rachel Karasik and under the guidance of program director Amy Pickle and Dr. Brian Silliman.  Students will likely work with faculty and student collaborators at Duke, the Pew Foundation, and state and federal agencies. This is a 10 hour/week position for the fall and spring semesters with some opportunity to extend into the summer of 2020.

Tasks may include:

  • Academic and legal database research and literature reviews
  • Database development and management
  • Memo and report writing
  • Interviewing natural resource managers about habitats, policies, and policy effectiveness
  • Helping develop workshop facilitation materials
  • Attending and facilitating state-focused workshops

Desired Skills

  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to conduct individual and shared work
  • Familiarity with and interest in coastal habitats
  • Familiarity with and interest in state and federal environmental policy

To Apply

To apply, please send your resume or CV and a cover letter to Donna Brown, and Rachel Karasik,  

We will begin interviewing Wednesday, August 21 on a rolling basis.

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.

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