Jamie Irving, MS

Jamie Irving, MS studentMS
Resource Management and Administration

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Research Interests

As a child, I had a little bench in a hay field across from my home in a small rural town of New Hampshire. The point from which I sat offered a perfect of the local mountains, usually accompanied by a perfect dusk rainbow. The history of the field was visible throughout the town; road names, black and white images at the grange, local residents’ stories. The field was turned into a subdivision a number of years ago; my bench is gone, as are many of the local ties to this special place.

As a Resource Management and Administration student my interests span many horizons, but especially with the prevention of such irresponsible development. I believe that there is a way to provide the infrastructural needs of a community while maintaining the ecological and communal integrity of the area.

However, my interests have migrated to the Central Americas. The time I have spent in Nicaragua and Costa Rica has taught me the importance of proper planning on all levels, local or national. I have witnessed human and ecological travesties that could have been prevented with better management. However, I have also witnessed many successes where the best for the local community and ecology was attained. I hope to integrate my learning at Antioch with the established wisdom of the tropics.


Education

Antioch University New England, Keene, NH
Master of Science, Resource Management and Administration

ColbySawyer College, New London, NH
Bachelor of Science, Community and Environmental Studies
Minor in Philosophy with an emphasis in Environmental Ethics
December 2003


Employment

Pierre J. Bedard and Company
Wilmot, NH
Assistant Surveyor
May 2001;October 2003

  • Cleared sight lines
  • Operated survey rod
  • Investigated land issues surrounding development and preservation
  • Researched specific property information through land deeds, sales agreements and other historical information

Greenplan Landscaping and Lawncare
Belmont, NH
Operations Manager
May 1996;Present

  • Managed a team of four employees in various landscaping responsibilities
  • Acquired knowledge of most industry skills, including: mowing, pruning, walkway installation, lawn installation, specialty planting, irrigation installation and tree removal

Internship and Volunteer

Ausbon-Sargent Land Preservation Trust
New London, NH
Office Assistant Intern/Easement Monitor
May 2001;October 2001

  • Monitored easement boundary lines
  • Created property database via Microsoft Access for ASLPT
  • Posted ASLPT signage for future easement monitors

John Hay National Wildlife Refuge
Newbury, NH
Advanced Community and Environmental Studies Project
September 2003;May 2004

  • Created a natural resources inventory
  • Specific emphasis on terrestrial invasive species, (flora)
  • Developed a master plan for the refuge

Community and Environmental Studies Independent Research
Newbury, NH
January 2003;May 2004

  • Conducted a wildlife inventory for the John Hay National Wildlife Refuge
  • Created a wildlife corridors map with the aid of GPS and GIS systems

Travel

Costa Rica1996
Three week foreign exchange

Nicaragua1998
Volunteered seven month working with homeless children in Managua. Tangent travels through Central America and Mexico

St. John, USVI2002
Volunteered three weeks at the Virgin Island Environmental Research Center

Costa Rica2005
Two week travel and internship research

Costa Rica2006
Three month internship with Heliconias Lodge and Rainforest