Professional Resume

Education

Hamline University – St. Paul, MN – Graduate Certificate, Environmental Education -- 2016

• Graduate studies program, in conjunction with Eagle Bluff Naturalist Fellowship (noted below).

• Focused on formative graduate preparation in environmental education.

 

St. Olaf College - Northfield, MN - Bachelor of Arts -- Class of 2015

Majors: Biology and Environmental Studies

International Study Experience: Environmental Science in Australia -- February 2014 – June 2014

• Spent four months focusing intensely on the Australian environmental sphere in numerous locations across the country.

• Gained an appreciation for ecosystem biology, naturalism, and environmental conservation.

• Studied and worked with faculty from eight Australian universities in four different states.

 

Related Coursework: Cellular Biology, Evolution and Diversity, Marine Biology, Terrestrial Ecology, Ecological Principles, Zooplankton Ecology, Structural Chemistry, Chemical Reactions, Environmental Economics, Environmental Regulation, GIS, Remote Sensing, Winter Ecology, Environmental History, Environmental Policy, Cultural Anthropology

Experience

Interim Director of Stewardship – Utah Open Lands, Salt Lake City, UT -- October 2019– Present

• Conservation Easement Monitoring
• Develop and implement a plan for regular monitoring of all conservation easements or properties held by the organization.
• Document easement violations. Work with the Director and Board of Directors to reach a resolution.
• Keep the property owner, new owner and local realtors (if property for sale) familiar with the terms of the easement.
• Review and respond to local and state government actions that may affect property in which UOL has an interest.
• Prepare management plans for all appropriate stewardship projects.
• Define stewardship needs for land projects including: maintenance, necessary restoration work, and site improvements for public use.
• Supervise stewardship volunteers, including interns. Coordinate the work of contractors that are approved for stewardship work.

 

Lead Expedition Guide – UnCruise Adventures, Seattle, WA -- April 2019– Present

• Perform all necessary duties of an Expedition Guide (See below description.)

• Create daily itineraries for guests to be displayed across the ship.

• Act as mentor to new guides.

• Communicate fluidly with Expedition Leader and other Vessel Management Team members.

Expedition Guide – UnCruise Adventures, Seattle, WA -- April 2018– April 2019

• Lead hiking and kayaking expeditions in remote wilderness settings with few or no defined trails, utilizing safety standards and route finding skills.
• Work within a cohesive and cooperative team led by the Expedition Leader and Lead Guide, with heavy emphasis on communication and teamwork.
• Confidently and competently lead groups of up to 20 guests in the field and on the water, and create an enjoyable experience for guests even when an excursion does not go as planned. Heavy emphasis on customer service, dynamic thinking and safety.
• Demonstrable ability to utilize a GPS, and read navigational and topographical maps and software.
• Provide in the field, hands-on interpretation, and thematic, formal onboard presentations that are
integrated into a week-long interpretive program, and wildlife narration utilizing interactive tools such
as maps, charts, guidebooks, power point, microscopes and spotting scopes to involve the guests.
• Develop and deliver educational presentations covering environmental science, history, or other
relevant topics to the itinerary as assigned by the EL for up to 90 guests .
• Cultivate the guest experience by focusing on the observation of the surrounding geology, flora and
fauna by encouraging passengers to spend as much time on deck exploring and experiencing the
natural surroundings that may go unnoticed.
• Participate in the behind the scenes daily maintenance and programmatic tasks that keep our gear and
program running. These tasks will include, but are not limited to, photo editing, blogging, slideshow
creation, gear stowage, repair, cleaning, and organization.
• Proactively maintain the cleanliness, order and function of all Expedition tools, including kayaks,
paddleboards, electronics and snorkeling gear.

Senior Project Manager – Utah Open Lands, Salt Lake City, UT -- October 2018 – Present

• Manage various projects, from the 2018 Annual Report, to Appeal Letters, to property management.

• Construct, write, and deliver Bonanza Flat Conservation Area Management Plan.

• Visit and analyze protection status of over 60,000 acres of diverse Utah open spaces and conserved land.

• Provide insight and edits to existing projects, reports, and memos. 

Stewardship Assistant – Utah Open Lands, Salt Lake City, UT -- November 2017– April 2018

• Visit and analyze protection status of over 60,000 acres of diverse Utah open spaces and conserved land.

• Construct and manage resource inventories of individual land parcels, with a focus on 1,300 acre Bonanza Flat.

• Collaborate with land owners to employ best practice land management.

• Create GIS data files and maps for public and private use – concerning ecological and jurisdictional boundaries.

 

Graduate Naturalist Fellow – Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Lanesboro, MN -- August 2015 – August 2017

• Lead and instruct 30 different half-day courses for both children and adults on a wide range of topics, including cultural & natural history, ecology, chemistry, and adventure skills.

• Act as a mentor to 10 naturalist fellows, creating a culture of excellent instruction - and tight-knit community, both in and out of the workplace.

• Management of upkeep, route setting, and development of on-site “Hexum Rock Climbing Wall”

• Adaptation and presentation of 3 one-hour naturalist programs on “Reptiles,” & "Timber Rattlesnakes," featuring live reptiles, as well as a program on "Legends in the Night Sky".

• Facilitate weekly group stays by preparing for their arrival, organizing evening activities, and acting as the primary public relations representative.

• Participate in weekly professional development seminars to enhance skills as an environmental educator and as a professional naturalist.

 

Bartender – High Court Pub, Lanesboro, MN -- July 2016 – August 2017

• Engaged with customers, prepare orders and serve food and drink.

• Assessed customers’ needs and preferences and make recommendations.

• Followed alcohol and food safety codes and guidelines.

• Restructured inventory database and register schematics.

• Graphic design for all events, website material, and promotions.

• Event coordinated "Squirrelly with Surly", a 300 person, all town pub crawl.

 

High Wilderness Guide - Sky Ranch, Fort Collins, CO -- May 2015 – August 2015

• Planned, prepared, and led weeklong trips out of Sky Ranch into the Rocky Mountains.

• Administered medical attention when necessary.

• Held responsible for the safety and well being of groups ranging from 8 to 12 people.

• Seasonal Position.

 

Technical Manager - The Lion’s Pause, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN -- September 2014 – June 2015

• Hired, trained, and staffed 17 qualified technicians at St. Olaf College’s student operated venue. 2

• Supervised and monitored professional events in the 1,200-person venue.

• Provided leadership; planned for current and future upkeep and improvements in the Pause using an $8,000 annual budget. • Evaluated sound and lighting equipment; repaired and purchased new inventory as necessary.

• Facilitated conversations between technicians and performers in order to streamline live performance quality.

• Coordinated front-of-house sound for events and concerts; including rock concerts, speakers, local and national acts.

 

Technical Director - KSTO Radio, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN -- January 2012 – June 2015

• Implemented equipment upkeep, repair, and oversaw and approved purchases for the production suite and on-air studio.

• Developed 2012-2013 project which involved a successful proposal presentation and subsequent implementation of a $15,000 renovation to the on-air studio.

• Designed and implemented a production suite for offline radio show programming.

 

Sound and Lighting Technician - St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN -- September 2011 – September 2014

• Mixed front-of-house sound for two on-site venues (1200 and 50 person venues) on Samson LS9.

• Designed and implemented lights cues and live light stage design using Congo Jr. Light board.

• Aided in yearly training of five new employees on front of house sound.

 

Junior Counselor, Residence Life - St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN -- August 2013 - January 2014

• Residential Advisor; mentored and led 24 incoming freshman class students in a St. Olaf College residential hall.

• Scheduled weekly programming events and off-campus volunteer work for students throughout the semester.

 

Owner - McGregor Bay Island Improvements, McGregor Bay, ON, Canada -- June 2011 – October 2017

• Contracted projects, executed developments that range from home improvement to auxiliary outdoor construction jobs.

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