Jocelyn van den Akker leads the GIS team at the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council.

Prior to joining the Highlands Council Staff, Jocelyn worked in environmental consulting performing various duties including report writing, GIS support and field activities throughout New Jersey and into New York on occasion. Earlier in her career, she served as the monitoring intern at The Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve which included monitoring vegetation, water levels and wildlife in addition to GIS support for these and other projects.

Jocelyn holds a Master of Science in Geography from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland and a Post-baccalaureate Certificate in GIS from Penn State. She earned her B.S. in Biology with minors in Environmental Science and Music from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.