Student Position – Living Shorelines

We are looking for a Duke University graduate student to support the work of our Duke Restore living shoreline project, which is a cross-campus collaboration on living shoreline science and policy. The research focus for this project is legal and policy barriers and incentives for designing a 1-mile long living shoreline at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina. The student will work with Lydia Olander (NI – Ecosystem Services Program) and Amy Pickle (NI – State Policy Program) and, under their guidance, will support the interviews and background research necessary to document the process underway at Cherry Point and to create a blueprint or template for how others could replicate this example on their own bases.

This student will be reporting to both Lydia Olander and Amy Pickle. This will be a part time (8-10 hours/week) paid position starting as early as December 2021, and will likely extend through the spring semester.

Tasks may include:

  • Collecting information on living shoreline projects across the country, particularly those at military bases
  • Conducting background research on living shoreline policy barriers and similar military projects designed to enhance military climate resilience
  • Supporting the interview process
  • Managing data and database
  • Developing nice graphics, slide decks
  • Drafting input to a report
  • Briefing project advisors


  • Familiarity with and interest in restoration and coastal systems
  • Familiarity with coastal policy
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience conducting interviews is helpful, but not required

To Apply

This position is open to graduate students enrolled at Duke University who are currently residing in North Carolina, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, or Washington, D.C.  

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

We will interview on a rolling basis, with work starting as early as December 2021.

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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