Caitlin Starks

Caitlin Starks

Career Interests

Community-Based Management of Coastal Resources, Small-Scale Fisheries, Coastal Habitat and Species Conservation, Latin America

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Coastal Environmental Management
Courses: Social Science Surveys, Data and Time Series Analysis, Marine Policy, Geospatial Analysis
Honors and Leadership: Academic Merit Award; Outreach Coordinator, Ocean Policy Working Group; Secretary, Duke Student Chapter of the American Fisheries Society
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Concentration: Wildlife Conservation and Management
Minor: Spanish
Cumulative GPA: 4.0
Semester study abroad at the Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile
Honors: Outstanding Graduating Senior, School of Natural Resources, 2012; Dean’s List with Distinction, 2008-2012; Wildcat Excellence Merit Award, 2008-2012

Professional Experience

Fisheries Intern, Comunidad y Biodiversidad A.C., Guaymas, Mexico 
Collaborated with fishermen to develop aquaculture projects to improve economic well-being and restore fisheries; Conducted social surveys and analyzed data to understand digital social network importance in fishing communities. May - July 2016.
Duke Environmental Leadership Program Teaching Assistant, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University
Developed itinerary, coordinated meetings with natural resource industry professionals in Chile, and managed in-country logistics to facilitate an 8-day Sustainable Development in Chile travel course. Dec - May 2016

International Programs Assistant, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, NC
Maintain faculty international research webpage and plan international scholar visits. Aug 2015 – Present

Client Service Coordinator, Banfield Pet Hospital, Scottsdale, AZ
Provided exemplary customer service, facilitated communication between clients and staff, managed appointment schedule, resolved client concerns, and educated clients about veterinary care. Aug 2014 – July 2015

Conservation Technician, The Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix, AZ
Cared for endangered and threatened species in captive breeding programs, collected scientific data, led outreach programs, and performed field research and monitoring. Sept 2013 – May 2014

Amphibian Research Technician, University of Wyoming
Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Performed radio-telemetry research on Columbia spotted frogs in the Bighorn Mountains, Wyoming. May – Aug 2013

Intern, Conservación Marina (NGO), Chile
Carried out social and beach contamination surveys, promoted community engagement, assisted writing diagnostic reports, monitored migratory shorebirds, and translated technical documents. Sept – Dec 2012

Summer Intern, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Arizona
2012: Executed wildlife research using mist nets, radio-telemetry, camera traps, and road-kill surveys.
2011: Performed amphibian surveys, removed invasive species, organized volunteers, monitored habitat, and maintained databases.
Summers 2011 and 2012

Additional Information

Languages: Spanish
Professional and Field Skills: Public speaking and communication, wildlife survey methods, GPS systems
Software: ArcGIS, Microsoft Access, Qualtrics
Certifications: PADI Open Water Diver, 4WD and ATV

Awards and Honors:
School of Natural Resources Outstanding Graduating Senior (2012), Wildcat Excellence Award (2008-2012), Deans List with Distinction (2008-2012)


community-based management
marine protected areas management
stakeholder engagement
survey design
volunteer management

Graduation Date

Ma 2017

Additional Resources



Preferred Sector

Federal Government
Non-profit / NGO
State / Local Government