Celeste Whitman

Celeste Whitman

Career Interests

Community-Based Environmental/Resources Management, Indigenous Resources/Environmental Rights, Stakeholder Engagement, Grassroots Organizing, Water Resources Access

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Master of Environmental Management, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Community-Based Environmental Management Certificate
Concentration: Environmental Economics & Policy
Master’s Project: Indigenous inclusion in water resource management plans in Queensland, Australia
Coursework: Social science survey creation and implementation, environmental policy and processes, environmental conflict resolution, participatory techniques for stakeholder engagement
Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, May 2016
Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA
Major: Anthropology/Sociology, Minor: Environmental/Sustainability Studies
Honors: Awarded 4-year prestigious Marvin B. Perry, Jr. Scholarship for academic merit; Member of Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Experience

Research Assistant, Remote and Isolated Community Essential Services Project, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia
Secured external funding to support in-country research to investigate water reduction strategies in remote and isolated Indigenous Australian communities. Analyzed already collected 51 participant household surveys and smart water meter data for 2016-2017 in SPSS. Collaborated with research team to form community-led and culturally sensitive plans for water reduction over a 3 month period based on community visit and follow-up in-person interviews to understand high water use behaviors and assess community buy-in of technological and behavioral water reduction strategies in rural Indigenous Australian communities. May 2017 – August 2017
Student-Alumni Outreach Coordinator Graduate Assistant, Office of Development and Alumni Relations, Duke University, Nicholas School, Durham, NC
Developed and managed outreach programs to connect students and alumni. Established policies and procedures for 3 new connection programs. Gathered 30-50 student volunteers to strengthen Nicholas School community and networks with alumni through the coordination of face-to-face student-alumni interactions and phone-a-thons. September 2017 – May 2018
Graduate Student Consultant, Duke University, Nicholas School, Durham Sustainability Office, Durham, NC
Assessed Durham residents’ opinions about local environmental issues and preferences for the city’s climate resilience priorities through the development and administration of an in-person and web survey. Interviewed 53 local citizens around Durham. Synthesized collected data and recommended greater outreach and education efforts for active citizen involvement. January 2017 – May 2017
Engagement Intern, MountainTrue, Asheville, NC
Strategically engaged staff members to gather and synthesize information about initiatives and project throughout the organization. Created and updated 20 Wordpress webpages; wrote press releases about organization events for MountainTrue’s website and local newspapers. May 2016 – August 2016

Additional Information

Proficient in SPSS, NVivo, Wordpress, and Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Certified as an Interpretive Guide by the National Association of Interpretation.

Studied Aboriginal culture and environmental anthropology in Melbourne, Australia, Spring 2015.

Treasurer and Website Manager for Duke DICE (Diverse & Inclusive Community for the Environment) to bridge gaps between communities at the Nicholas School, empower disenfranchised/marginalized groups, and facilitate reflections on diversity and inclusion issues.


community-based management
project management
stakeholder engagement
survey design
volunteer management

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Non-profit / NGO
State / Local Government