Plant Nursery Worker , 04/2010
to 10/2010 Willowglen Plant Nursery – Decorah,
Designing the sales area with plants and backgrounds to increase sales Watering and caring for plants Hoeing and weeding flower gardens Transplanting flowers in gardens and containers Helping customers and answering questions Lawn maintenance Help with landscaping jobs.
Fish loader and unloader, 04/2009
to 10/2009 Decorah Fish Hatchery – Decorah,
Fish stocker and caretaker- seasonal.
Transporting fish in truck with an aerator and distributing the fish into streams and ponds.
Cleaning tanks and maintaining ponds at the hatchery.
Executive Director, 03/2000
to 03/2015 Noah's Bark, Inc. Animal Orphanage – Decorah,
Caring for animals in a shelter environment Sanitizing and cleaning the shelter.
Making sure all dogs are comfortable with clean and dry bedding, that they are happy, healthy and well fed Overseeing volunteers and employees Updating the Pet-finder website, and social media websites such as Face-book etc.
overseeing monthly books, payroll, and budgeting Ordering supplies and items needed to operate Designing brochures and flyers for fundraisers or for educational purposes Promoting spaying and neutering to the public and arranging it to be affordable for those who are low income Talking to new potential adopters, setting up appointments with people through phone or e-mail.
A lot of one on one, face to face communications Taking calls for incoming animals Discussing a lot of animals health care and prevention issues with adopters Vaccinating animals with routine vaccines, worming and treating for other intestinal parasites, treating animals for illnesses such as parvovirus, kennel cough, or other types of illnesses and diseases.
Regular transports to the veterinarian for spays, Neuters, other surgeries, routine checkups, or to check animal for current or previous health issues Transporting animals to other shelters and taking in animals from other rescue groups or from owner surrenders Retrieving food, office supplies, shredded paper for puppy pens, food, etc.
Keeping good records on vaccinations, treatments, adoptions, health certificates etc.
Grooming, bathing, and caring for exterior problems such as skin conditions, parasites and fleas.
Trained and socialized puppies including house training and ending destructive behaviors.
Captured stray animals, provided housing and care of homeless animals and coordinated adoptions.
Developed dietary and nutritional plans to reach optimal weight, stimulate healing and increase quality of life.
Ensured public safety and upholding state and regional laws by working with local health departments, police and other law enforcement agencies.
Groomed dogs and cats by utilizing tools including blades, brushes, combs, shedding aids, De-matting tools, sheers, nail clippers.
Relieved boredom and stress of living in a shelter environment by walking, playing and tending to dogs. Recorded activity and noted any unusual behavior or medical issues.
Administered medication, immunizations, and blood plasma to animals.
Cleaned kennels, animal holding areas, examination and operating rooms, and animal loading/unloading facilities.
Provided emergency first aid to animals as needed.
Sterilized instruments and equipment for necessary procedures.
Examined animals to detect and determine the nature of diseases or injuries.
Inoculated animals against various diseases such as rabies and distemper.
Developed and managed communications strategies, plans and budgets.
to 10/1999 The Barking Lot – Decorah,
Manager of Pet Grooming and Boarding business Groomed and bathed dogs, cats for the public Boarding animals for the public Kept track of expenses, budgeting, etc.
Managed employees Promoted advertising through newspapers and brochures Worked with the public on a daily basis through phone and face to face Cleaning and maintaining a shop and boarding kennel Referred clients to the veterinarian for medical issues Set up appointments Kept records of clients pets, health issues and books for the grooming business.
Pet Groomer, 03/1993
to 06/1995 Plainfield Veterinary Clinic – Plainfield,
Groomed and bathed dogs, cats and 2 baby bears.
Set up appointments for grooming.
Kept up a clean work station.
Referred clients to veterinarian for medical issues.
Pet Groomer and Vet Assistant, 01/1993
to 02/1995 Ackman Animal Clinic – Waverly,
Groomed and bathed dogs and cats for the public Assisted and helped with surgeries and vet appointments Maintained and clean work station and helped with cleaning the clinic Referred clients to the veterinarian if I seen medical issues Set up appointments Kept a good record of clients pets and routine book work for the grooming business.
to 08/1993 Independence Veterinary Clinic – Independence,
Attended pet grooming school.
Groomed and bathed dogs and cats.
Video rental and sales clerk, 03/1987
to 12/1987 S&W Video – Millington,
Rented out video's and sold video's to customers.
Sold other items displayed in the store.
Answered phone and customer questions and concerns in store.
Operated cash register.
Limousine Driver, 01/1987
to 02/1998 Tennessee Limousine Service – Memphis,
Chauffer clients to their destination.
Provide a clean environment.
Making sure clients made it to their destination safely.
Handling any problems with customers.
Computer manufacturing, 03/1984
to 07/1984 Sperry Univac – Clear Lake,
Retrieve materials for installation.
Inspected work for quality.
to 03/1984 Magna Model Agency – Waterloo,
Modeling for various stores.
Caring for garments.
Creating a good image to sell clothing for clothing stores.
to 02/1982 Rainsoft – Waterloo,
Water softener sales person.
Setting up appointments.
Answering customer complaints.
Waitress and Cook, 06/1979
to 08/1981 Pizza Hut – Waverly,
Waiting on customers and taking orders for food items Serving food items Making and baking pizza, pasta and sandwiches Running cash register Cleaning restaurant at closing Skills Experience working with the public Understanding the importance of doing a good job, and being a respectful and an honest employee to a company, to help the company improve and keep a good standing with its customers or clientele to keep a good image.
Good work ethics Experience working with animals Knowing the benefits of holistic medicine Knowing the benefits of other medicines Diagnosing health issues and referring to the vet for treatment Treating animals through medicine and also treating for psychological issues Clerical work Creative writing Ability to easily adapt to a variety of indoor and outdoor working conditions Proficient to the use of Microsoft office programs including Word, Excel, Power Point and also Photoshop Sales experience Understanding people and their likes and dislikes Understanding animals and pin pointing behavior issues, likes, dislikes and helping them cope with abusive and neglect issues they have suffered in the past I enjoy using my artistic abilities to create new ideas and projects Membership and Organizations A lot of my time is volunteered at Noah's Bark Honor Society.
Associates of Arts: Communications,
May 2014 Northeast Iowa Community College - Calmar,
Coursework in Fundamentals of Communication
Human Relations coursework
Coursework in Psychology and Counseling
Public Relations and Media Relations coursework
Media Analysis, Communications and Mass Communications coursework