Meet Our Intern Class of 2017: Rob Gates

Since 2000, more than 60 students and recent graduates have taken the opportunity to work with The Land Conservancy of New Jersey.  Each intern represents a unique set of talents, abilities, backgrounds, interests, and fields of study; however, our interns all share an intense concern for environmental well-being.

Rob is a recent graduate of Western Kentucky University, a Geography major with a concentration in Environment and Sustainable Development, GIS. He recently moved to New Jersey to pursue a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning at the Rutgers Bloustein School.

Rob has always had a passion for planning, and has attended national conferences with the Kentucky chapter of the American Planners Association.  He has also volunteered for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) a non-profit organization providing advocates for children going through the family court system in abuse/neglect cases.

“I chose to intern with The Land Conservancy because of the opportunity to gain real world experience working for an organization with a strong commitment to a worthy mission and proven track record of meaningful projects,” said Rob.

Since interning with The Land Conservancy, he has been working on the William Penn Foundation grant, multiple open space plan updates and trail grants and trail building field work at Lake Hopatcong.