Jocelyn Wilson ’00
Jocelyn Wilson, a 2000 forestry graduate, is the North Carolina Area Manager of Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the largest sustainable forest products companies in the world. In this role, Wilson leads a team of foresters who manage 560,000 acres of timberland in eastern North Carolina. Over the course of her career, Wilson has practiced forest management in six southern states as well as working in a seedling nursery and seed orchard.
Wilson has been an active member of the Society of American Foresters since college. In addition to past board positions within parish forestry associations, Wilson is currently serving on the North Carolina Forestry Association’s Board of Directors.
Wilson and her husband Clay have been married for 20 years. The couple and their three children, Jack, Stella and Harper currently live on the coast of North Carolina where the family enjoys kayaking, hiking and camping.
Alumna Spotlight with Jocelyn
Why did you choose to attend Auburn?
I had been living in Alabama for a few years when it was time to decide on a college and career path. I was open to almost any and every school. As I narrowed my selections and really started to choose forestry as my career path, I quickly realized what an amazing program Auburn offered in the field. When I visited the university, the small-town feel and beautiful campus sealed the deal for me.
What led you to choose your major?
I have always spent time outdoors and loved all science classes I was exposed to. After digging in and exploring potential disciplines and the career options, forestry was top of the list.
How did the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, or SFWS, prepare you for your career?
The school prepared me well to begin my career as a forester. The technical skills along with the fundamentals of forestry I learned during my time at Auburn set the foundation for a career with a great company.
Why is staying involved and in touch with SFWS valuable to you?
I am extremely proud to be an Auburn graduate, especially from the SFWS. I really enjoy giving back to the university in any way I can and always enjoy interacting with students. Over the past few years, I have had the opportunity to speak to the Forestry Club and speak to a class a couple of times. Those were really rewarding moments for me.
What is your favorite memory from your time at SFWS; was there a professor or faculty member that had a great influence on you during your time in the school?
There are so many great memories to choose from. Of course, summer practicum stands out to me. It was hard work and I made lifelong friends over that summer. Dr. Richard Brinker, who was the dean and harvesting professor, was so supportive while I was a student and continues to be a great advisor to this day. Mr. Charles Raper, Forest Economics professor, and Dr. Greg Sommers, Forest Biometrics, were both great mentors during my last two years at the school.
What is your favorite thing about being an SFWS alum?
I am so proud to be an Auburn SFWS graduate. My favorite thing about being an Auburn forester is the extended family I have with my graduating class and every other Auburn forester I met along the way!
What advice would you give to students entering the workforce right now?
I know the world looks different right now and that brings many challenges your way. Keep working hard, don’t be afraid to try something new and always continue to learn!