Natural Resource Policy Management Specialist
I advocate for environmental and cultural policy related to marine protected areas in the Pacific.
Environment & Nature
Day to Day
A lot of what I do is working with partners to get our mandates done. A good day at work includes meeting with partners and making progress on these mandates, even when stances differ. Any time that I am learning new things about my field is a good day.
Skills & Qualities Beyond School
It really helps that I have a background in Hawaiian culture and language. Though this was not part of the requirements for my position, I feel that it is valued highly at my organization and a big part of the work I do each day. This may sound cliche, but having a good attitude and being a "people person" goes a long way. The ability to create and maintain partnerships and relationships on behalf of my organization is priceless.
Advice for Getting Started
Here's the first step for high school students
Start volunteering for organizations that promote what you are passionate about. Get to know the people who are experts in that field. See if you can gain a mentor in one of these people at a very early stage.
My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:
Business Administration and Management, General