Kristin Murphy

Kristin Murphy

Career Interests

Environmental Policy, Natural Resource Management, Public Land Management, Outreach, Recreation

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Environmental Economics and Policy
Coursework:  Environmental Law & Politics, Environmental Economics, Statistics, Natural Resource Law, Environmental Law & Policy Clinic, Program Evaluation for Environmental Policy, Social Sciency Surveys for Environmental Management, Environmental Decision Analysis, Landscape Ecology, Land Conservation in Practice

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Minor: Integrative Biology, Geology
Study Abroad: University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand

Professional Experience

Find Your Voice Outreach Fellow, National Parks Conservation Association, Washington D.C.
Researched millennial behavior and successful student ambassador programs to help determine how NPCA can better engage the next generation of national park visitors and turn them into national park advocates. Attended hearings and briefings on Capitol Hill to learn about legislation and issues impacting national parks. Created a National Parks Trivia Kit to help regional offices target millennials in outreach efforts. Assisted in the creation of a toolkit to introduce the Every Kid in a Park initiative to Members of Congress. Contributed blog articles to the NPCA Blog, "Park Advocate”. May 2016 – July 2016
Sustainable Transportation Planning Assistant, Duke Parking & Transportation, Durham, NC
Thoroughly compiled information from conducting interviews and doing online research to create a succinct benchmarking study about bike infrastructure at Duke. Researched what Duke does well and what Duke could improve upon, and compared that to five similar universities to see where we stand among our peers. September 2015 – Present
Sports Camp Site Supervisor, Buffalo Grove Park District, Buffalo Grove, IL
Supervised Girls Sports Camp site, oversaw 3 counselors, and provided strong leadership to run a successful campsite which included taking attendance, providing first aid care and completing paperwork for minor injuries, staff-to-staff and camper-to-camper conflict resolution, and communicating with parents. Promoted physical activity through games and led sports themed field trips to get kids moving, encourage teamwork and to foster a love of sports. June 2011 – July 2015
Public Policy Intern, Friends of the Chicago River, Chicago, IL
Researched to assemble a competitive selection of applicants for the 2015 Chicago River Blue Awards. Organized and attended a jury meeting and to select the award winners. Created designs for award certificates, banners, and drafted award winner letters and press releases. Volunteered at the 2015 Big Fish Ball fundraiser, and the presenting of the 2015 Chicago River Blue Awards. March – June 2015

Park Guide Intern, Canyonlands National Park, Moab, UT
Student Conservation Association internship. Assisted visitors at the Island in the Sky Visitor Center by providing park orientation, safety information, and advising them on trip itineraries. Presented interpretive programs about climate change and desert ecology to visitors, and assisted with Night Sky astronomy programs. Collected entrance fees, reconciled cash intake, and worked with the fee collections department on remit. Shadowed Sabrina Henry, Environmental Protection Specialist, and observed how to oversee planning and compliance for the National Park Service. Aug 2014 – Nov 2015

Office Assistant, Illinois State Geological Survey, Champaign, IL
Provided assistance with office tasks such as scanning/copying documents, data entry in Excel, travel arrangements, and organizing and filing documents for the Senior Reservoir Engineer, Scott Frailey. Communicated with other Office Assistants to prioritize and complete tasks in a timely manner. Assisted with the hiring process of new Office Assistants including reviewing applications, contacting potential interviewees, and conducting interviews. Aug 2012 – May 2014

Additional Information

Next Generation Advisory Council Member, Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Inaugural Member.  Create a mission, vision, governance structure, and descriptive role for current and future Council members to follow. Collaborate with advisory board to develop policies, campaigns, and strategies to safeguard the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Develop creative solutions to encouraging diversity and youth in volunteers, stewards, and staff of the Appalachian Trail. January 2016 – Present

Orientation and Admitted Students Weekend Events Coordinator, Nicholas School Student Council, Durham, NC
Assist administrative staff with the planning and organization of Admitted Students Weekend in March 2016 and Orientation in August 2016. Help with other event planning such as Earth Day, Field Day, Internship Panels, Pumpkin Carving, and other events put on by the Nicholas School Student Council. January 2016 – January 2017

Alpha Phi Omega Active Member, Alpha Alpha Chapter, Champaign, IL
Participated in over 150 hours of community service at local nonprofit organizations in Champaign-Urbana and on the UIUC campus, and attended various leadership and fellowship events. April 2011 – May 2014



environmental compliance
forest management
program management
project management
survey design

Graduation Date

May 2017

Additional Resources

Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Federal Government
Law / Legal
Non-profit / NGO
State / Local Government