Jill Hamilton

Jill Hamilton

Career Interests

Marine Spatial Planning, Marine Protected Areas Management, Small-Scale Fisheries, Coral Reef Resilience, Community-Based Management

Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management - Duke University, May 2018
Concentration: Coastal Environmental Management
Certificate in Geospatial Analysis 
Leadership: Co-Coordinator of the Ocean Policy Working Group, Editor of UPWELLING marine science and policy magazine, Blogger for the Nicholas School of the Environment 

Bachelor of Arts - University of Denver, November 2014
Majors: Environmental Science & Strategic Communication, Minor: Leadership Studies
Senior thesis: A Search for Sustainable Waters: Nevisian Marine Management through a Cultural Lens

Professional Experience

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions – Ocean Policy Assistant
Durham, NC | August 2016-present
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 and maintain an online library of documents on the blue economy to guide decision-makers.
Deep Blue Sea Foundation -- Volunteer SCUBA Diver
Denver, CO | February 2014-present
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.
Xcel Energy – Communications Coordinator
Denver, CO | June 2014 -August 2016
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.
The Nature Conservancy – Marketing Assistant
Boulder, CO | June 2013 -August 2013
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.
Project Xeri– Co-founder
Denver, CO | August 2012-August 2014
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.

Additional Information

−ArcGIS, NVivo software    
−Adobe Creative Suite    
−Microsoft Office    
−Conversational Spanish
−AGRRA & Reef Check Surveys
−Rescue Diver, PADI            
−CPR/AED/First Aid, American Red Cross
−Emergency O2 for Diving Injuries, DAN+
−Neurological Assessment, DAN+         
Awards – University of Denver:
−Keynote Speaker, Undergraduate Research Symposium
−Outstanding Scholarship & Research
−One to Watch, University of Denver Magazine
−Partners in Scholarship Research Grant Recipient
−Cherrington Global Scholar
Awards – Other:    
−Sea Grant Student Travel Award, NOAA 
−Best Student Paper, 2015 International Congress on Coastal & Marine Tourism: Replicating Success: A Comparative Study of Nevisian Marine Management and STINAPA Bonaire


coastal zone management
community-based management
fisheries science and policy
marine protected areas management

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

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