Conservation Careers Seminar 2017

The Environmental Career Center and nonprofit PASE Corps conducted a very successful Conservation Careers Seminar at the Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach on January 27, 2017.   

The original announcement to the Conservation Careers Seminar was archived here.

Thank you to all the participants from area colleges and universities, recent graduates and emerging and environmental conservation professionals who packed the room and asked the questions of our panelists 

And we especially thank the panelists-speakers who shared their career experiences, inside tips to landing a great job, and how to succeed in launching environmental conservation careers.  The Conservation Careers Seminar 2017 speakers are listed below along with links to any presentation materials they provided.

Panel 1 Speakers:
Conservation Careers with Federal Agencies

Chris Lowie
Refuge Manager
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service


  Keith Lockwood
Chief, Interagency & International
Environmental Services Branch,
Army Corps of Engineers- Norfolk District
[presentation] [video]


Andrew Larkin
NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office - Norfolk, Virginia
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Deanna Rees
Marine/Wildlife Biologist
Natural Resources
Norfolk, Virginia



Panel 2 Speakers:
Careers in State Government, Consulting, Municipalities, and Nonprofit Organizations

Jennifer Huggins
First Landing State Park
Virginia Dept. of Conservation & Recreation
Virginia Beach, Virginia


Cindy Shurling
Sr. Project Manager
Ecology & Environment
Virginia Beach, Virginia


Christy Everett
Hampton Roads Director
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Virginia Beach


Dan Baxter
Business Recycling Coordinator
DPW Solid Waste Division
City of Newport News, Virginia



John Esson
PASE Corps
Executive Director


Questions?  Email the Environmental Career Center at