Kirk received his master of science in civil and environmental engineering with a concentration in water resources from the University of Vermont in 2012. He received his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Bucknell University in 1999.
He has served as an ecological engineer for Whole Farm Services in Burlington, Vermont where he designed subsurface flow wetlands and crop storage systems.
He spent two years as an environmental engineer in Guatemala for the Grupo Panajachelense ProLago Atitlán where he worked to implement ecological waste water treatment as well as river and lake restoration.
Prior to his time in Guatemala, he worked as a chemical/environmental engineer for a biofuels company in Vermont where he consulted on sustainable development in Ecuador as well as designed an anaerobic digester to provide cooking fuel for a housing development.
While earning his master's degree, Kirk worked as a graduate research assistant where he operated Vermont 's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Streams Project Water Quality Laboratory.
He has extensive experience lecturing and teaching, most recently at the University of Vermont as a graduate teaching assistant.