John Talton Jacobs

John Talton Jacobs

Career Interests

Conservation Planning; Landscape Analysis; Community Connectivity

Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, Expected 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Bachelor of Science in Biology, Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, 2012
Washington and Lee University (WLU), Lexington, VA, 2012
University Scholar
Environmental Studies Department Earl Bates Prize, 2011-12: Awarded to a senior “role model of environmental citizenship”
Biology Department Research Award, 2011-12

University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland, Study Abroad Fall 2010

Professional Experience

Mentor Naturalist, Green River Preserve, Cedar Mountain, NC
Co-lead environmental/outdoor education mission by leading and planning backcountry naturalist hikes and various program activities including fly fishing and campout. Supervised counselor staff, served as intermediary to administration, and fulfilled a mentoring role for campers and counselors. Summer 2015 & July 2016

Bird Survey Field Technician, University of Missouri, Black Hills National Forest, SD
Conducted point counts for five focal species in backcountry transects, including audio playback for Black-backed Woodpecker. Gained experience working in demanding physical environments and adapting to variable weather conditions, shifting locales, and living with a field crew. Obtained valuable exposure to institutional operations and protocol by operating and maintaining US Forest Service and University of Missouri equipment. March-June 2016

Neighborhood Zoning Organizer, Concord, NC
Led organization, research, and awareness for neighborhood opposition to rezoning local farmland for development. Organized meeting with developers and spoke before City of Concord Zoning Committee at a Quasi-Judicial Hearing. Fall 2015

Private Care Provider, Concord, NC
Provided at-home medical care and intensive lifestyle recovery and support to my parents after a life-threatening car accident. Built an aptitude for rapidly changing prioritization, conflict management, and risk mitigation after caring for severe brain injury. Acquired management experience with evolving goals and uncertain end dates. Facilitated parents’ recovery to independent living, some work duties, and the ability to reengage life pursuits. December 2013-May 2015 

Trekker Trailhead Member; Trail Workday Volunteer, Carolina Thread Trail, Fall 2014-Present

Tennis Coach, Cannon School, Concord, NC
Assistant Varsity (Grades 9-12) and Middle School (Grades 5-8) Coach; Head Middle School Coach.            
Developed planning and management abilities while building an effective team (8-12 members per team) from diverse skill and personality backgrounds. Spring 2013 & 2014

Substitute Teacher, Cannon School, Concord, NC
Taught classes (Grades 1-12) across various disciplines. Acquired a package of diverse communication techniques. January-April 2013

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Intern, Washington and Lee University
Conducted nutrient pollution research with field data collection. Developed understanding of how to create specific research goals from a broad agenda, operating within the scope of an organization that interfaces policy, science, and planning. Honed ability to project the implications of specialized study questions into a broad societal context. Summer 2010 and 2011

President, 2011-12, Student Environmental Action League, WLU, 2009-2012
Organized and led events including campus waste awareness exhibitions, participation in Virginia Power Shift, endangered species fundraiser, and invasive species removal workdays.


Additional Information

Broad experience in field research and survey techniques
Intermediate in ESRI ArcMap 10.4, proficiency with Model Builder, map creation, data management 
Basic Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) proficiency
Handheld GPS use including Trimble Juno and Garmin units
Basic R/RStudio 
Proficient with Microsoft Office
Handling of animals including caudates, squamates, anurans, small mammals, birds (including banding)
Wilderness backpacking with trip leading experience
Wilderness First Aid Certified (expires May 2017)

Member, Duke Conservation Society

Presenter, Environment Virginia Symposium, 2012
Presented Chesapeake Bay water quality and nutrient pollution research to a cross-sector audience of environmental professionals.

Published story about pilgrimage experience on the Camino de Santiago in the book Follow the Yellow Arrow, by Lynn Talbot, 2011. 

My teaching, coaching, and environmental education experiences prepared me to manage teams to accomplish multi-faceted goals. Combined with collaborative field research experience, these roles built an aptitude for communicating with a diversity of audiences and navigating an array of changing objectives while also drawing from my technical knowledge base.


environmental education
forest management
stakeholder engagement

Graduation Date

May 2018