Josselyn Lucas, WPIT, Project Manager / Environmental Specialist

Expertise

  • Restoration Ecology
  • Plant Identification
  • Riverine/Wetland Habitat
  • GIS; cartographic design and spatial analysis with ArcGIS and AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Stream Assessment, design, and permitting
  • Phase I ESAs
  • Wetland assessments, delineations and jurisdictional determinations
  • Grant administration
  • Project Management

Education

B.S.  Evolution, Ecology & Environmental Biology: Appalachian State University

Experience

Josselyn has always loved spending time in nature, especially exploring creeks and hiking and kayaking around the New River Valley. She began volunteering with local conservation organizations  to clean up the New River in 2006, and in 2009 she decided to turn her passion for the outdoors into a career.  While getting her biology degree she worked here at BFEC as an intern. After graduation, Josselyn continued her environmental career at New River State Park working as a seasonal ranger.  This position allowed her to extend her knowledge from the classroom to hands-on experience with plant identification/invasive removal, conservation methods, research and data collection, and public/educational outreach.  In 2015, she had an opportunity to move to a full-time position at a small nursery and stream restoration company in Ashe County where she learned about and implement  stream restoration methods and practices. Simultaneously, she accepted a Project Manager position in 2015 with a local non-profit, Greater Lansing Area Development, where she wrote and administered stream restoration and environmental improvement grants, organized fund raising events, and built relationships with local, state, and federal government agencies and stakeholders. In 2017, Josselyn was excited to join BFEC as an Environmental Specialist. She is currently working to obtain PWS certification and is enthusiastic about her career with BFEC.