Kathryn Gaasch

Kathryn Gaasch

Career Interests

conservation, community engagement, sustainability, communication, forest-management

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Master of Environmental Management, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Ecosystem Science and Conservation
Certificate: Community-Based Environmental Management (CBEM)        
Courses: Landscape Ecology, Qualitative Research Methods, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), CBEM & Practicum, Social Science Surveys, Conflict Resolution, Environmental Politics 
Bachelor of Science, May 2013
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Major: Environmental Science
Concentration: Water Resources
Nepal Study Abroad: Natural Resource Management and Agriculture, Jan. 2013

Professional Experience

Masters Project: Community Perceptions of Wildfire and Controlled Burning, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) & Duke University, Durham, NC 
Responsible for facilitating community focus group and developing survey instrument to understand community perceptions of wildfire and controlled burning to improve communication and messaging to fire-impacted communities. May 2017-present
Intern, Climate Change Workshop, Counter Culture Coffee, Durham, NC
Developed and facilitated a participatory climate change adaptation workshop for coffee producers in Peru. May-Aug. 2017
Observer, Event Ethnography, Payments for Ecosystem Services in the Global South Workshop, Duke University; Durham, NC
Observed and analyzed how a participatory workshop process works for surfacing the dimensions of environmental policy mechanisms. April 10-12, 2017
Student Project, Southern Environmental Law Center, Social Science Surveys, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University; Durham, NC
Designed and implemented survey evaluating recreational uses of Blounts Creek to support litigation efforts for creek protection. Jan.-May 2017
Student Project, NC FIELD, CBEM Practicum, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University; Durham, NC
Facilitated a Theory of Change and designed program evaluation framework for Poder Juvenil Campesino (PJC) program. Jan.-May 2017
Student Assistant, Work-Study, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, NC
Managed data collected for Community Wildlife Project; designed lesson plans and supplemental activities for parabiologists on sustainable agriculture and community-based resource management. Sept. 2016-Feb. 2017
Staff Environmental Scientist, ATC Associates, Inc., Columbia, MD
Conducted Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) and Environmental Transaction Screens for multi-family residential, commercial, light industrial and telecommunications properties in the Mid-Atlantic region. Aug. 2013-July 2016

Additional Information

Secretary, Nicholas School Student Council, Duke University, spring 2017-present

Representative, Sexual Misconduct Task Force, Duke University, fall 2016


community-based management
program management
stakeholder engagement
survey design

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Business / Industry
Entrepreneur / Start-up
Non-profit / NGO
State / Local Government