“Service to the Public and the Environment” – by Samuel Brockway


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This past June, I completed a Bachelor of Science in Environmental
Studies from UC Santa Barbara, and worked as a Soil-Hydrologic

Technician for Lassen National Forest over the summer. These experiences

instilled in me a passion for the environment, and for preserving

ecosystem services, upon which humans depend. I also recognized that my

ultimate goal was to be involved with the process of making important

environmental decisions for a federal agency.

While working for the Forest Service, I appreciated the integral role of

the Government in developing large scale environmental management

policies. To build the skill set necessary to attain my goal, I enrolled

in two concurrent Masters’ Degrees: Marine Affairs, and Public

Administration, at the University of Washington. In the School of Marine

Affairs, I am learning to: put Ecosystem Based Management theories into

practical applications of real world ecosystems, analyze government

responses to global phenomena (e.g. climate change), and make decisions

about contentious policies with high uncertainty. The Evans School of

Public Affairs provides me with professional skills in economics,

statistical modeling and analysis, budget and performance management,

and policy analysis. My Master’s thesis topic is to perform an

integrated environmental assessment of proposed oceanic carbon capture

and storage methods, and analyze the policy implications of the


I am eager to specialize these skills that I am improving on in graduate

school to an array of potential project topics with a federal agency.

Working for a government agency on the development of climate change

policy would be my ideal position, but I would also be ecstatic to work

on Marine Protected Areas, Ecosystem Based Management, or any other

integrated environmental management program.

When I complete my degrees in 2012, I will have a rare combination of

skills that the government would benefit to have access. Few people are

as passionate as I am about utilizing my skills to the advantage of the

environment, and the public that depends on it. The public sector

provides the greatest access and resources to projects that can benefit

the public, which is why I am committed to working for it. Please select

me for the CampusGov/GovLoop Scholarship because I am a driven student

with the tools to benefit the public in my future career. Thank you for

your time and consideration.

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