Season 3 | Young Professionals in Forestry and Natural Resources | Episode 15

#50 | Just because there is no protocol for something doesn’t mean we can’t make our own

November 17, 2017 | Jenny Knoth

Jenny Knoth is the Director of Environmental Affairs for Green Crow Corporation in Port Angeles, Washington where she splits her time between fieldwork and forest policy. Jenny has a BS in Microbiology from the University of Washington, a MS in Forest Genetics from NC State University, and a PhD in Forest Sciences from the University of Washington. Green Crow is a family-owned timber production investment enterprise with over 50,000 acres of land holdings. On this show, Jenny discusses why the profession needs specialists as well as generalists, the importance of the mentors, and why she decided to get her PhD in Forest Resources. One of the learnings she says that you can learn a lot by doing work you didn’t expect to do, so be open to new experiences.

Key Takeaways:

[1:05] A quick intro about Jenny’s background.

[2:45] How did Jenny first get started in forestry?

[5:05] What was Jenny’s work experience like in the very beginning?

[8:30] Jenny shares her views on choosing a specialty in forestry.

[9:50] What kind of work does Green Crow do?

[11:45] What has been the most fun part of Jenny’s career so far?

[14:05] What kind of leadership lessons has Jenny picked up along the way? Jenny is fortunate that she’s been around a lot of good leaders!

[15:55] What kinds of mentors has Jenny had in her life?

[21:10] When Jenny was getting her PhD, she approached her education as if it were a full-time job, where every day she was one step closer to achieving her goal.

[25:35] You learn a lot by doing work you didn’t expect to do!

[27:35] What can the profession as a whole do to attract more young professionals into the field?

[30:55] Jenny talks about using drones in her work recently.

[32:40] What’s the fire situation at this time in Washington?

[35:30] Adaptation works in nature, and it works in leadership as well!

[37:15] Jenny really likes the movie Hidden Figures and the leadership lessons in that movie.

Mentioned in This Episode:

Hidden Figures


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