During the academic year, graduate students awarded an assistantship from Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment may work with Forest Staff on a variety of projects related to forest management, including:

  • Natural area monitoring
  • Education and outreach
  • Road and trail maintenance
  • Timber inventory and harvest prep
  • Gate and sign improvement
  • Boundary line marking
  • Data and records organization
  • GPS data collection
  • GIS data entry
  • Data analysis
2014 - 2015 Student Assistants at the Duke Forest Annual Gathering

2014 – 2015 Student Assistants at the Duke Forest Annual Gathering

Cakey Worthington

  • Degree and Concentration: Master of Environmental Management, Ecosystem Science and Conservation concentration and Master of Forestry
  • The Special Projects Assistantship with the Duke Forest allows me to get experience working on a wide-variety of projects in forest management and develop a diverse set of forestry skills.

 

Markus Le

  • Degree and Concentration: Master of Environmental Management, Ecosystem Science and Conservation concentration
  • I hope to work with either government or non-profit organizations, working on conservation of the environment through the use of geospatial analysis. Working for the Duke Forest as a GIS specialist will allow me to gain real experience by putting my geospatial analysis skills to practical use in a real-world context, as I hope to do at my future work position.

 

Anne Liberti

  • Degree and Concentration: Master of Forestry
  • Working for the Duke Forest has allowed me to gain experience in communicating science to the public and connecting people with the Duke Forest through teaching and other activities.

 

Sara Mason

  • Degree and Concentration: Master of Environmental Management with Ecosystem Science and Conservation concentration
  • Working as an education and outreach assistant for the Duke Forest helps me learn how to translate important scientific issues and concerns into an interesting and engaging format. It’s important to let the public know what conservation and land management is going on in their community, and I get to be a part of that in this position.

 

Sarah Hagan

  • Degree and Concentration: Master of Environmental Management, Ecosystem Science and Conservation concentration
  • Working as an assistant for the Duke Forest allows me to learn about terrestrial ecosystems and forest management first hand and gives me the opportunity to work out in the field as I hope to in my career.

 

Michael Ash

  • Degree and Concentration: Master of Environmental Management: Ecosystem Science and Conservation concentration and Master of Forestry
  • Working in the Duke Forest offers a phenomenal hands on experience in the realm of forest management that couples seamlessly with my course-load and catalyzes my learning experience. It goes without saying, that I get my fair share of fresh air and a decent workout as well, but look at that, I said it anyways.

 

Patrick Smerczynski

  • Degree and Concentration: Master of Forestry
  • My assistantship at the Duke Forest allows me to apply my studies, while gaining firsthand experience and knowledge from the great people I work with.

 

Hunterr Payeur

  • Degree and Concentration: Master of Forestry with a Certificate in Geospatial Analysis
  • Working at the Duke Forest supports my academic and career goals because it directly relates to what I’ve learned in my classes and gives me first-hand experience with current forest management practices.