Energetic professional with strong customer service ethic.
Budget and petty cash management
Organizing workshops and trainings
Writing grants, reports, and other documents
Spearheaded an award-winning sustainability outreach program, which educated more than 23,000 people about water pollution and watershed protection.
08/2014 to Current
Program DirectorCompany Name － City, State
Manage program that addresses contemporary climate change, community planning, and natural resource issues in the Intermountain West through research, tool development, and dissemination of knowledge.
Train municipal leaders and technical staff on water resources, land use, and strategic planning Oversee $500,000 + annual program budget and associated staff, consultants, and contracts Develop collaborative partnerships and identify and recruit pilot communities Design, plan, organize, implement, and facilitate workshops Develop webinars, pilot projects, and learning modules for municipal staff and other partners Write technical documents, reports, grant proposals, and promotional/communications materials.
11/2008 to 08/2014
Water Resources Extension AgentCompany Name － City, State
Developed, implemented, and evaluated programs to engage community in solving water quality and quantity issues.
Met faculty standards for research, service, and outreach and achieved continuing status.
Secured funding for a demonstration area that showcased several GI options, lead teams to design and construct the site, organized hands-on workshops and educational tours Served on Sustainable Cities Network Green Infrastructure Working Group and assisted with implementation of LID training workshop with ADEQ and USEPA Region 9 Developed collaborative partnerships and provided science-based technical and policy expertise to industry, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and stakeholders Implemented Master Watershed Steward and Smartscape training programs Collaborated with Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, state and federal agencies, and conservation organizations to develop new curriculum for non-formal water education programs Developed project timelines and budgets, evaluated program/project success and adapted accordingly, presented results to local and national audiences, and raised funds to support all aspects of program.
04/2006 to 11/2008
Land Use/Environmental Planner -Supervising Environmental Health SpecialistCompany Name － City, State
Began during the peak real estate boom as planner overseeing numerous development proposal in one of the nation's largest counties and transitioned into Watershed Protection Program to lead an unprecedented collaboration between the City and County of San Diego on a regional stormwater outreach plan.
Responsible for leading implementation of the Regional Watershed Education Program in coordination with 21 municipal partners and the Airport Authority Represented the County of San Diego Watershed Protection Program on committees Managed all aspects of $1,000,000 grant with the State of California targeting pesticide runoff Co-produced educational video and developed other educational materials Attended outreach events with educational booth and demonstrated watershed model Compiled data for annual stormwater planning and reporting Ensured that outreach materials were translated and culturally adapted Reviewed development proposals in coordination with the County Engineering Department, consultants, government agencies, and community planning groups.
12/2003 to 04/2006
Natural Resources PlannerCompany Name － City, State
Became the first Natural Resources Planner in a growing coastal county facing water quality impairments related to development.
Facilitated collaborative efforts between community groups and developers.
Initiated the North Florida NEMO (Non-point source Education for Municipal Officials) program in partnership with the University of Florida, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, National Estuarine Research Reserves, and Northwest Florida coastal counties Secured $250,000 grant from the Northwest Florida Water Management District for a GI capital improvement project at Lake Powell Park and coordinated with County departments to implement Project manager for flood control, water quality studies, development review, and outreach activities in the Lake Powell watershed and all other Ecosystem Management Areas Managed interdepartmental team for GIS mapping and open space preservation in flood zones Wrote long-range planning strategies for Ecosystem Management Areas and presented recommendations to Planning Commission and City Council.
08/2002 to 11/2003
City PlannerCompany Name － City, State
Became lead municipal staff for compliance with Clean Water Act NPDES Phase II implementation, which held small communities accountable for non-point source pollution.
Reviewed all development proposals within city limits, coordinated with Public Works, Engineering, Builder Services, and City Manager's office, and conducted final inspections Verified wetland delineations and enforced stormwater pollution discharge and wetland regulations Supervised 2 staff and coordinated all aspects of Planning Commission meetings Became Certified Floodplain Manager, served as liaison to FEMA, and communicated best management practices to elected officials.
04/2001 to 04/2002
Program DirectorCompany Name － City, State
Worked with small non-profit to oversee outdoor science school and an educational facility associated with a rare inland saline marsh that I had restored as a seasonal employee with the City of Boulder.
Developed Sombrero Marsh Ecosystem Management Plan in coordination with the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, and Boulder Valley School District Coordinated start-up of Sombrero Marsh Environmental Education Center Planned facility layout, supervised trail construction, and coordinated community planting activities Managed financial, administrative, and operational aspects for summer outdoor science education programs at 3 other locations in Denver, Boulder, and Littleton.
Supervised 1 office staff, 3 site coordinators, and 30 teachers Developed science school annual program, arranged transportation, and coordinated registration.
05/2000 to 12/2000
Wetland / Riparian TechnicianCompany Name － City, State
Worked as a seasonal employee to ensure all aspects of wetland and riparian restoration projects were implemented.
Identified, delineated, and mapped wetlands using field survey techniques and GPS/GIS technology Assessed impacts of agriculture and urbanization on wetlands and riparian areas Organized all aspects of restoration projects including planning, coordination with government agencies, supervising heavy equipment during on-site excavation and reporting Arranged tours of potential restoration sites for funders and partners.
M.S: Civil EngineeringCivil Engineering
Environmental and Water Resources ProgramUniversity of Colorado at Boulder
B.S: BiologyUniversity of South FloridaBiology
Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), Association of State Floodplain Managers SmartScape and Advanced SmartScape Irrigation Certification for landscape professionals Certified Interpretive Guide, National Association for Interpretation USGS Negotiation Skills Training for Natural Resource Professionals 38-hour Army Corps of Engineer Approved Wetland Delineation and Management Training Program
Awards Arizona Forward Crescordia Award (best overall from 120 entries), Maricopa County Master Watershed Steward Program (2012) Arizona Forward Environmental Stewardship Award, Maricopa County Master Watershed Steward Program (2012) ASU President's Award for Sustainability, Future Scenarios in Water and Agriculture in Arizona, graduate level workshop course (2010) Emmy Award, Southwest Pacific Regional Chapter, How to Manage Manure, Co-Producer (2008)
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Water Resources Extension Agent
Land Use/Environmental Planner -Supervising Environmental Health Specialist
Natural Resources Planner
Wetland / Riparian Technician
M.S : Civil Engineering Environmental and Water Resources Program B.S : Biology Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), Association of State Floodplain Managers SmartScape and Advanced SmartScape Irrigation Certification for landscape professionals Certified Interpretive Guide, National Association for Interpretation USGS Negotiation Skills Training for Natural Resource Professionals 38-hour Army Corps of Engineer Approved Wetland Delineation and Management Training Program
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