Jaclyn McGarry

Jaclyn McGarry

Despite spending the majority of her childhood landlocked in the Midwest, Jaclyn has always loved the ocean and its creatures. She attended American University in Washington, DC, and graduated in 2013 with a double major in biology and film and media arts. After graduating, Jaclyn spent three years working as a digital specialist for Ocean Conservancy. While at Ocean Conservancy, she helped to create online advocacy campaigns for issues ranging from marine debris to restoration in the Gulf of Mexico. Currently, Jaclyn is a first year Master of Environmental Management candidate at Duke's Nicholas School of the environment. She is studying coastal environmental management and has a particular interest in the community-level conservation efforts, ocean acidification, science communication and environmental education.

Career Interests

stakeholder engagement, program management, community organizing, science communication, environmental education
Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Master of Environmental Management, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Coastal Environmental Management
Certificate: Community Based Environmental Management.
Assessed North Carolina homeowner perceptions of living shorelines using semi-structured interviews; synthesized findings with recommended changes to the permitting process. Coordinated a school-wide symposium on ocean acidification for the Ocean Policy Working Group. Presented lessons on marine debris and water quality to elementary and high school classrooms as a member of the Duke Marine Lab Community Science Team; aided in water quality curriculum development 
Bachelor of Science, cum laude, May 2013
American University, Washington, DC 
Major(s): Biology and Film and Media Arts
Honors: University Honors, Dean’s Scholarship Recipient
Wrote and co-produced Harbor Heroes, a documentary on post-Sandy oyster restoration in New York City; Winner of “Best Conservation Message” in the 2013 Beneath the Waves Film Festival

Professional Experience

Coastal Restoration and Policy Intern, North Carolina Coastal Federation, Newport, NC
Developed a regional guide for North Carolina residents implementing living shorelines on their property. Restored coastal salt marsh habitat and installed living shorelines by planting native grasses, constructing oyster bag sills and collecting marine debris. May 2017—August 2017
Digital Specialist (July 2015—June 2016), Digital Outreach Coordinator (October 2013—July 2015), Digital Media Intern (July 2013—October 2013), Ocean Conservancy, Washington, DC
Engaged online constituents on pressing ocean issues, promoted advocacy opportunities and raised funds for programmatic activities by leveraging web, email and social media channels. Coordinated online advocacy campaigns for the Gulf Restoration and Fish Conservation programs; relayed information from programmatic meetings to digital team for collaboration on creative outreach. July 2013-June 2016
Part-Time Publications Assistant, EurekAlert!, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC
Maintained EurekAlert!  website with up-to-date news across all scientific disciplines. Vetted credentials of science journalists seeking access to embargoed press releases. May 2013—October 2013
Communications Intern, SeaWeb, Washington, DC
August 2012—December 2012
Communications Intern, USDA Forest Service, Washington, DC
May 2012—August 2012
Research and Data Analysis Intern, USDA Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI 
May 2011—August 2011

Additional Information

Strong writer with experience in a number of formats
Digital media and narrative storytelling for communicating complex science and policy messaging
Strong project management experience and interpersonal skills -Participatory planning and stakeholder engagement techniques including interview methods and survey design
Statistical analysis using R studio and Microsoft Excel
Proficient in HTML, Blackbaud Luminate, and Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, InDesign and Premiere
Intermediate American Sign Language

Combining my genuine love for the ocean, a strong foundation in marine science and policy, and an extensive background in creative advocacy and digital media, I'm a passionate ocean optimist who believes in the power of people to improve their environment.


citizen science
community-based management
environmental education
project management
stakeholder engagement

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources

Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Non-profit / NGO
State / Local Government