Meet an Alum: Forrest Miller, Fish and Wildlife Service

Forrest Miller

 

We asked alum Forrest Miller (Class of 2013) some questions about his career and time at ENRP. See what he had to say below...

 

 

 

 

Current job position: International Affairs Specialist in the Division of International Conservation at the Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior

Hometown: Barnesville, Maryland

Undergraduate School: University of Montana; Wildlife Biology and Environmental Studies

Why Forrest chose ENRP: Taking an interdisciplinary approach to tackling environmental issues is essential, and I felt that ENRP did an excellent job of incorporating the most applicable subject matter into a two year program. I also liked the flexibility students are given to focus the degree to their personal career path through taking electives. Finally, the proximity to Washington DC provides excellent opportunities to get involved with Federal agencies, non-profits, and other organizations involved in environmental matters. 

How ENRP prepared Forrest for his professional career: Coming into the program I had a strong background in science, but lacked education in policy, economics and law. ENRP has given me a more well-rounded knowledge base for approaching assignments in my career. 

Why Forrest enjoys his current job: I am given the opportunity to work with elephants and marine turtles, what could be better?! In all seriousness, I enjoy my job because I work for an important agency that enables me make a positive contribution to wildlife conservation, while also being able to witness conservation on the ground in various parts of the world.

Forrest's capstone project: For my capstone project I worked with three other ENRP students to investigate the history of the Department of Energy's uranium mining activities on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, and ways in which they might improve their relations with the community. 

How Forrest's capstone project helped his career: The project gave me experience in collaboration and effective communication with the various groups involved in the issue. In my job I am required to coordinate between multiple non-profits and government agencies on a regular basis, so I feel that the capstone project provided me with valuable experience that is applicable to my career.

Forrest's favorite aspect of ENRP: The flexibility and interdisciplinary approach were very important for me, but my favorite aspect of the program was the capstone project because it provided us with real life experience and helped us establish connections with people working in the field.

Forrest's tips for living, studying, and working in DC: Take advantage of the opportunities DC provides in making connections with people working in the environmental field. There are so many non profits, federal agencies, and other organizations that are involved with environmental policy affairs in the area that it provides students in ENRP a rare opportunity to meet and learn from people working in the same field. Also, for me, DC could get a little claustrophobic at times with how busy it is, so I recommend getting out of the city as much as possible to take advantage of the many outdoor recreational opportunities surrounding the area.

A fun-fact about Forrest: I spend much of my free time whitewater kayaking on the Potomac river and the surrounding area.