Hourly Monitoring Technician

NJ Department of Environmental Protection: Bureau of Freshwater & Biological Monitoring

May 2017 - Present

I drive a state vehicle to field sites and collect water chemistry data, flow data, and samples according to the project plan. This involves a lot of wading into streams and using both chemical tests and probes to collect data.  I deliver samples and paperwork to the appropriate laboratories, clean and maintain equipment, and schedule sampling. I also help out with biological monitoring and sampling when needed. 


Community Restoration Crew Leader

Student Conservation Association

Spring 2017 & 2018 and Fall 2016 & 2017

I am currently co-leading a team of nine high school students in urban gardening and other community conservation projects throughout Philadelphia. I foster a safe team environment focused on environmental conservation. I ensure paperwork is filed as necessary.  I also communicate with community leaders about projects and public engagement. This is a seasonal position that I also hold in the fall.

 

 


Visitor Services Associate

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

December 2016-Present

I work at the front desk, selling tickets and memberships with a POS system and answer visitor questions.  Sometimes I work at our special exhibit entrance and check wristbands. I also use statistical programs to analyze visitor data and identify sales trends.


Tutor

Inspirica

July 2016-February 2017

I provided one-on-one tutoring to high school students in ACT and SAT preparation. Most of this work was done in the students' homes or in the Inspirica offices, but some tutoring was online.


Community Crew Leader

Student Conservation Association

Summer 2016

I led, drove, and managed a team of six high school students in urban gardening projects throughout Philadelphia. This was a full-time, six week summer program. I taught environmental education during conservation projects, and organized environmental education field trips most Fridays. I ensured paperwork and evaluations were filed as necessary. I communicated with community leaders about projects and public engagement. At the end of the program, I organized and led the crew on a three-day camping trip.


Graduate Research Associate

Louisiana State University

2014-2015

 

I spent two years at LSU, working on my own graduate research and participating in State Wildlife Grant stream sampling for fish, crayfish, and insects. I led field crews of undergraduate students for up to five days at a time for my thesis research. I used many different fisheries sampling techniques including backpack electroshocking, sienes, traps, water quality testing, and tagging. My thesis was titled "Population Abundance and Transience of Selected Coastal Plain Crayfishes". I also assisted with hydrology sampling in the Atchafalaya Basin on small work boats.


I spent a season living at a YMCA camp north of Milwaukee, leading kids in environmental education and team-building lessons. I led groups of all ages in leadership, communication, and teamwork activities. I belayed challenge courses and taught environmental education classes. Some of the classes I taught were Skulls and Furs, Starlab, Aquatic Ecology, Bugs, Archery, and Orienteering. I also developed educational materials for future education use. Additional duties included splitting and stocking firewood, office work, and general maintenance of camp.

Environmental Educator

YMCA Camp Minikani

Fall 2013


Fisheries Survey Crew

Student Conservation Association

Spring 2013

This was my first experience with the SCA. We constructed and maintained fish traps on Prince of Wales Island, one of the southernmost islands in Alaska. We camped in a remote field setting for up to six days at a time. I identified salmonid fish species of the Pacific Northwest. We used MS 222, fin clips, tag readers, and VIE to obtain fish data. I also entered our data into spreadsheets for analysis.


My Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) was my first experience with aquatic ecology research. I spent the summer in Milwaukee, working with Dr. John Janssen at the Great Lakes Water Institute. I helped analyze and count gut contents of fish, deployed and retrieved gill nets, and measured various fish data. I designed and ran my own handling time experiments with macroinvertebrates and fish. Then, I created and presented a paper & poster for the program symposium.

Undergraduate Research Assistant

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Summer 2011