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Grant's good gig

Posted by Grant Wilson at Jul 23, 2012 04:25 PM |

Grant Wilson interned with Conservation Northwest in 2008-09. He lets us know what he's been up to since then. "I attended Lewis & Clark Law School, where I received a J.D. and a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law while focusing on international environmental law. Many times during my travels, I noticed that there is growing optimism over win-win partnerships between conservation groups, local communities, scientists, and local government, which always made me think of Conservation Northwest because they are such trailblazers on collaborative approaches to conservation."

Grant's good gig

In law school, Grant Wilson focused on international environmental law. Here he is in a park in Nairobi, Kenya.

Grant Wilson was communications intern at Conservation Northwest in 2008-09. What's he been up to since then? He wrote to us recently, to fill us in.

Since finishing school at Western Washington University (Huxley College of the Environment), I attended Lewis & Clark Law School, where I received a J.D. and a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law while focusing on international environmental law.

Law students generally run around like berserk chickens with their heads cut off, but I was able to maintain my Bellingham-inspired tranquility fairly well.

Some of the highlights during my time in law school include attending the 2010 climate change talks in Cancun on behalf of certain island nations, engaging with rural Kenyan communities (primarily the Maasai and the Samburu) to flesh out a new land type - "community land" - under the 2010 Constitution of Kenya, and working for a public interest environmental law firm in Budapest on environmental and human rights issues.

Conservation Northwest...is the best gig I have ever had, both because of the sense of accomplishment I felt in helping protect the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and for having a really amazing and fun staff.

Many times during my travels, I noticed that there is growing optimism over win-win partnerships between conservation groups, local communities, scientists, and local government, which always made me think of Conservation Northwest because they are such trailblazers on collaborative approaches to conservation.

I am now studying for the California bar exam, doing some work for a think tank start-up on global catastrophic risks (a broad category of risks that threaten humans on the global scale, like loss of biodiversity and climate change), and getting ready to move to San Francisco, which is perhaps the only place that is more of a self-parody than my current home, Portland.

Ever since interning at Conservation Northwest, I have had a strong desire to work solely for public interest groups, so I hope to continue this trend. Of course, any group in San Francisco will be hard-pressed to live up to the triumphant splendor of Conservation Northwest, which is the best gig I have ever had, both because of the sense of accomplishment I felt in helping protect the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and for having a really amazing and fun staff.

I also have at least some desire to start my own nonprofit some day (if in California, perhaps Conservation Not-Quite-As-North West?) that works on issues related to the environment, human rights, and/or "emerging technologies" like bioengineering and nanotechnology.

Thank you, Conservation Northwest, for giving me my start!

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