Jill Hamilton

Jill Hamilton

Career Interests

International Conservation and Development, Ocean Policy, Fisheries Management, Marine Protected Areas Management, Community-Based Management
Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Master of Environmental Management, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Coastal Environmental Management
Certificates: Geospatial Analysis and International Development Policy 
Leadership: Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum (Executive Editor), Duke Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (Treasurer), Ocean Policy Working Group (Co-coordinator), Graduate student blogger 
Masters Project: Supporting Small-Scale Fisheries: A Study on Global Aid and Intervention
Bachelor of Arts, November 2014
University of Denver, Denver, CO
Majors: Environmental Science & Strategic Communication
Minor: Leadership Studies
Senior thesis: A Search for Sustainable Waters: Nevisian Marine Management through a Cultural Lens
Honors/Awards: Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Magna cum laude, Distinction in both majors 

Professional Experience

Volunteer, Sister Sanctuaries Project Team, Environmental Law Institute
Develop and implement initiatives to advance ecosystem-based marine policy in the Gulf of Mexico. Alongside the Director of the ELI Ocean Program, coordinate a tri-national workshop between Cuba, Mexico, and the U.S., provide scientific and policy guidance, and write grants to further project goals. Oct. 2017 to present
Research Assistant, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Durham, NC
Provide research assistance and support for the Nicholas Institute's Ocean and Coastal Policy Program, working with governments and partners to inform decision-making in tropical countries. Assist in a global assessment of governance of small-scale fisheries, conduct a global analysis of support strategies for small-scale fisheries, and maintain an online library of documents on the blue economy to guide decision-makers. Aug. 2016 to present
Cuba Oceans Program Intern, Environmental Defense Fund, Raleigh, NC
Assisted with domestic and international efforts to protect Cuba’s marine environment, including improving fisheries management, implementing conservation strategies, and training scientists on tools for assessing and managing fish stocks when data is limited. Conducted a global analysis of fisheries learning networks and developed a series of best practices for learning network implementation. May to Aug. 2017
Volunteer SCUBA Diver, Deep Blue Sea Foundation, Denver, CO
SCUBA dive to complete in-tank cleaning and feeding tasks in exhibits at the Downtown Denver Aquarium. Adhere to American Academy of Underwater Sciences diving standards. Feb. 2014 to Dec. 2016
Communications Coordinator, Xcel Energy, Denver, CO
Developed and implemented creative marketing strategy to promote Xcel Energy’s renewable energy and energy efficiency program portfolio in an eight-state service territory. Formerly assisted with the daily and long-term management of the residential solar program, residential energy efficiency programs and the Minnesota electric vehicle program, including coordination of the 400+ residential solar interconnections each month. June 2014 to Aug. 2016
Marketing Assistant, The Nature Conservancy, Boulder, CO
Wrote online articles featuring prominent work of Conservancy scientists, designed promotional pieces, and coordinated a variety of marketing and outreach events to build support for conservation in Colorado. June 2013 to Aug. 2013
Co-Founder, Project Xeri, Denver, CO
Co-founded and ran Project Xeri to address the need for water conservation in Colorado, focusing on xeriscaping as an effective conservation strategy for the Denver-metro region. Aug. 2012 to Aug. 2014

Additional Information

−ArcGIS, MARXAN, Python, NVivo
−Strategic planning, project management    
−Adobe Creative Suite    
−Microsoft Office    
−Conversational Spanish
−AGRRA & Reef Check Surveys

−Marine Planning Advancement Training (MPAT)
−Rescue Diver, PADI            
−CPR/AED/First Aid, American Red Cross
−Emergency O2 for Diving Injuries, DAN+
−Neurological Assessment, DAN+         

− Best Student Paper, 2015 International Congress on Coastal & Marine Tourism
−Sea Grant Student Travel Award, NOAA 
−Keynote Speaker, Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Denver
−Outstanding Scholarship & Research, University of Denver
−One to Watch, University of Denver Magazine
−Partners in Scholarship Research Grant Recipient, University of Denver
−Cherrington Global Scholar, University of Otago, New Zealand

Hamilton, J., & Fielding, R. (in press). Safety first: The biases of gender and precaution in fieldwork. In B. A. Porter, & H. Schänzel (Eds.) Femininities in the Field: Tourism and Transdisciplinary Research. Bristol, UK: Channel View Publications.


community-based management
fisheries science and policy
grant writing
marine protected areas management
project management

Graduation Date

May 2018

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Preferred Sector

Academic Institution
Federal Government
Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank
State / Local Government