Professional Experience

Kinder Teaching Assistant
Horizons at The San Francisco Friends School
June 2017 – August 2017, San Francisco, CA

  • Livin’ the dream! Info to come.

4th Grade Teaching Assistant and Extended Day Teacher
The San Francisco School
August 2015 – Present, San Francisco, CA

  • Planning and leading hands-on FOSS science lessons on the physical and chemical properties of water and interdisciplinary extensions in ecology, reading, math, and history
  • Assisting head teacher, specialists, and support staff with curriculum preparation and delivery
  • Facilitating independent student reading groups
  • Substituting for elementary, middle school, and learning specialist classes: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 4th Grade Physical Education, 6th Grade Humanities, and 7th Grade Science
  • Co-leading collaborative projects and professional development of play-supervising staff: student-led rule-making processes, staff implicit biases awareness and reflection, yard supervision training manual, and enhanced student behavior support
  • Supervising lunch, recess, and extended day activities, including care of on-site animals (chickens, rabbits, and goats), single and group team-building activities, conflict resolution, exploration of natural play spaces, and endless team and silly game facilitation

Operations Coordinator
Galileo Learning
June 2015 – August 2015, Menlo Park, CA

  • Operational leader at camp, provided administrative and management support to the Camp Director
  • Provided excellent customer service to camp families, ensuring a professional, positive, and memorable experience
  • Prepared, managed, and maintained weekly camper paperwork and materials needed for camper check-in, check-out and extended care, including inputting and downloading data from online database (Salesforce.com)
  • With Camp Director, led and managed Summer Interns ensuring efficient and enthusiastic support of camp operations and programming
  • Partnered with Camp Director to supervise camper check-in and check-out processes
  • Maintained high level of service to colleagues and families despite regularly-shifting priorities
  • Provided support in classrooms as needed

Teacher Naturalist and Volunteer Liaison
The Trust for Hidden Villa
September 2014 – June 2015, Los Altos Hills, CA

  • Coordinated, recruited, and trained over 50 teacher-naturalist volunteers for leading school environmental education programs
  • Led day-long environmental education programs to diverse students from Pre-K to 6th grade on topics including ecology, botany, sustainable agriculture and history, tailoring programs to specific school needs and grade-appropriate science standards
  • Performed classroom presentations at schools in the Bay Area to assess students’ needs, teach grade-appropriate science concepts, and provide safety information prior to on-site field trip
  • Served as mentor to interning environmental educators on naturalist study and educational practice
  • Designed curriculum and led new Explorer’s Program, a specialized 4-day environmental education and farm skills program for homeschooling students

Sea Kayaking Guide and Naturalist
Anacortes Kayak Tours
May 2014 – September 2014, Anacortes, WA

  • Guided diverse guests on sea kayaking adventures in the Puget Sound, ranging from 1.5 hour family trips to 3-day long group excursions, providing high quality paddling technique instruction, natural history interpretation, and dynamic risk assessment
  • Designed digital inventory and maintenance protocol for ensuring safe use and timely repair of 70+ sea kayaks
  • Provided great customer service via phone, in-person, and email, including using Resmark booking and payment system

Wetlands Ecology Lab Assistant
LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources
August 2013 – December 2013, Baton Rouge, LA

  • Assist with collection of wetlands biological field samples, including soil cores, vegetation surveys, and microclimate variables
  • Follow detailed lab protocols to analyze soil, seed, and fish samples and assure accurate data entry
  • Train and supervise fellow lab members on analysis techniques and procedures
  • Maintained and repaired lab equipment as necessary, including light microscopes, aquaculture systems, and boats

Environmental Education Intern
Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center – Pennsylvania State University
May 2013 – August 2013, State College, PA

  • Designed and led environmental education programs for children, teenagers, and adults, including traveling birds of prey shows, local stream health assessments (biotic indices and water chemistry tests), canoeing trips, guided hikes and biodiversity investigations
  • Fed and monitored health of 19 resident rehabilitated raptors, 7 turtles, 6 snakes, and 1 frog
  • Received Leave No Trace ‘Trainer’ status, learning how to teach minimalist impact camping and hiking skills
  • Assisted with weekend rock climbing program and local citizen science projects, including butterfly surveys
  • Maintained hiking trails

California Condor Restoration Intern
Ventana Wildlife Society
December 2012 – May 2013, Big Sur, CA

  • Conducted all necessary field studies of condor flock in remote coastal mountain range both alone and in small teams, including radio telemetry, visual tracking, nesting and feeding behavior observations, and carcass placements (feeding)
  • Delivered educational programming on endangered species recovery and conducted outreach to community partners
  • Wrote monthly blog posts providing updates on nesting status and the health of individual birds and the general flock
  • Lived in, maintained, and repaired remote field housing site, including water filtration system, plumbing, hiking trails, and flight cages

Raptor Interpretation Intern
Acadia National Park – National Park Service
May 2012 – October 2012, Bar Harbor, ME

  • Led and assisted interpretive programs on raptor natural history, biology, and conservation for 100 to 400 visitors daily
  • Collected daily raptor observation data, including Hawk
  • Watch migration surveys and Peregrine Falcon nest observations
  • Performed weekly environmental education program for youth 6-years and older
  • Wrote weekly blog updates combining science education, conservation, and cultural interpretive themes with raptor natural history
  • Received Interpretive Development Program (IDP) Certifications: Foundations of Interpretation, Interpretive Program, Interpretive Writing

Caving Naturalist
Inner Space Caverns
October 2012 – December 2012; December 2013 – May 2014, Georgetown, TX

  • Conducted formal guided cave programs for families and school groups of all ages in a commercialized karst cave system in central Texas, teaching about geologic history, troglobitic (cave-dwelling) species, scientific research, and adventure caving
  • Assisted with small group wild cave tours, or hands-on exploring of undeveloped underground cave areas
  • Performed excellent customer service, including answering phones, handling money transactions, selling gift shop items, and preparing food items for sale

Student Intern & Programming Assistant
Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition
September 2011 – May 2012, Baton Rouge, LA

  • Decreased oil consumption in transportation sector via implementation and increased usage of electric vehicles, alternative fuels, efficiency technology, and alternative transportation (public transit, biking, etc.)
  • Led GIS study for electric vehicle charging station infrastructure in East Baton Rouge Parish, including data collection via marketing research data, public meetings, and Census data, and report writing with self-generated maps
  • Founded first student charter of Dept. of Energy Clean Cities Coalition Program at LSU
  • Created and implemented summer internship program, including reviewing and interviewing candidates, designing and leading two-day intensive skills training for interns
  • Established vital partnerships between LSU administrative bodies, faculty, and community members to implement programs, e.g. campus-wide car-sharing program and travelling biodiesel classroom firetruck
  • Coordinated with staff to plan public events, including logistics, media outreach, and volunteer recruitment

Southeast Regional Field Organizer
Real Food Challenge
May 2011 – May 2012, Baton Rouge, LA

  • Supported and developed student leaders in the southeastern US to source local, ecologically-sound, fair, and humane food in college and university dining halls
  • Performed trainings on leadership development, storytelling for social change, and gender and organizing at regional summer intensive workshop and first national summit
  • Provided consulting for students at multiple campuses on campaign planning, organizational dynamics, mentorship, and developing leaders
  • Planned monthly workplans, regional campaign action plans, and semester-by-semester campaign timelines
  • Fundraised, recruited, and trained students from the southeast at 3-day summer intensive workshop on organizing, food systems, storytelling for social change, and leadership

Avian Biological Field Technician
Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) – US Fish and Wildlife Service
December 2010 – January 2011, May 2011 – July 2011, Louisiana & Alaska

  • Collected waterfowl mortality data following detailed instructions using GPS, satellite phones, radios, and digital cameras
  • Worked in coastal marsh Louisiana field conditions for long hours in small teams, coordinating with a distant supervisor and living communally in field houses
  • Assisted with travel logistics, e.g. towing boats and teams between coastal field sites and Baton Rouge, and reviewing datasheets for accuracy upon completion of the study

Research Assistant
LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources
February 2010 – May 2011, Baton Rouge, LA

  • Assisted Dr. Frank Rohwer with natural resource policy research, undergraduate course curriculum presentations and development, and various field research logistical needs
  • Conducted public surveys of duck hunters on potential hunting regulatory change

Field Organizer Intern
Green Florida
May 2010 – August 2010, Tampa Bay, FL

  • Organized Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg communities for city policies pertaining to community garden zoning laws
  • Assisted with community outreach and tabling at local events
  • Met with City of Tampa officials on proposed policies
  • Conducted media outreach, including press releases and advisories

Student Sustainability Intern
LSU Office of Campus Sustainability
October 2009 – May 2010, Baton Rouge, LA

  • Assisted Campus Sustainability Manager with event logistics, student outreach, and campus-wide sustainability initiatives