Hello my name is Justin Duncan and I'm a senior at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke studying Environmental science and pursuing a minor in Geography. I chose to major in environmental science for several reasons. . I live for the outdoors and conservation and I believe the conservation of our environment is necessary. The move toward alternative fuels important and our global warming and rising temperatures is a reality. Conservation through stewardship is a positive direct impact on the minds and surrounding environment that we must always up hold. These are all problems my generation and the ones to come will be faced with, unless we do something about it.
For the greater portion of my life I have spent it in the Boy Scouts. The single greatest accomplishment I have earned in my life has been the rank of Eagle Scout. I owe everything to The Boy Scouts of America, the adventures we took, the community service, and the love and respect for the outdoors are all things I'm am thankful to have and completed. There isn't a day that goes by I am not thankful for what the Boy Scouts have done for me.
I love being outdoors and am an avid high adventure seeker. I've hiked to the top of Mt. Baldy in Cimron, NM and Pilot MT. in North Carolina along with the Grayson Highlands and parts of the Appalachian Trail. I've white water rafted down the New and the Rio Grande. In 2005 I went on a trek at Philmont scout ranch for 90+ miles in eleven days and encountered bears and several other native animals. The bear encounter was due to a pack of hot chocolate left in my pack rather than properly secured in bear bags. Needless to say I learned the rules of securing your camps site properly that trip, and leaving with the nickname "Bear bait".
I am an alumnus of the NPS Academy 2012 Grand Tetons and I was a peer mentor for the 2013 NPS Academy Great Smoky Mt. NP. During the summer of 2012 I worked at the North Cascades NP as a Fire Effects Monitoring intern.
Throughout high school my interests were mainly in architectural drafting and construction technology although I have gone through several courses in networking and computer engineering. To be honest I did not like biology or chemistry during high school but since entering into college it has become my primary focus, I believe this to be the irony of life. I hope to become an Environmental engineer and an advocate for a more sustainably environment.
I see serving with SCA as a way to acknowledge and give back to the environment all while learning and bettering myself in my major and future career field. I am willing to do what it takes to get the job done!