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Valerie Hipkins

Dr. Valerie Hipkins

Current Position

Director of the National Forest Genetics Labs, Director of the Institute of Forest Genetics

Previous Position

Assistant Director of National Forest Genetics Labs


B.S. (Forestry) MS, Ph.D

Q & A

People interested in the field should find opportunities for internships or job shadowing. They should prepare themselves by developing strong science, environmental study, writing and speaking communication skills.
The importance and necessity of caring for our land precipitates a need for natural resource scientists, conservationists, restoration scientists and managers of urban sprawl. Many natural resource scientists and foresters will be needed to help us care for our land!
In my job I am serving the land and the people and leaving a legacy for future generations.