Dear Hiring Manager, Hello. My name is Christine Kim and I am interested in the position for NYC Urban Conservation Crew Leader/Member. Please consider my application for this opportunity based on the following merits: My B.Sci degree in Environmental Science and various internships have given me the skills to conduct research with great care, as well as to write reports clearly and succinctly. As evidence of my superior skills in these regards, my senior capstone report earned the 2014 Temple University Library Prize for Sustainability. I continue to supplement my college education with free adult courses offered by the PA Horticultural Society on subjects ranging from urban tree tending, native plant gardening, and urban agriculture. I am an active gardener and Seattle-raised, Philadelphia-tempered urbanite. Leading and/or working in a team in challenging environments is a dynamic I am quite comfortable with. I am just as comfortable in solitary office/lab environments or in larger engagements with the public. I have experience in each of these types of work scenarios that have taught me to be attentive and goal oriented but appropriately flexible and chill. To elaborate on these points I'd like to highlight that during the summer of 2014 I was accepted into a NSF Research Experience for Undergrads program in which I researched forest soil organic carbon and presented my findings at a national hydrology colloquium. Much of this experience consisted of collecting GPS and tree data in rural central PA, in all but the most stormy weather conditions, with a crew of 4-6 people. In terms of leadership experience, my service as Campaign Director of Temple University Students for Environmental Action (SEA) led to the implementation of a composting program at a major residential dining hall and the student activity center. To do so I mediated several agreements between university administration, the governing council of SEA, and our constituents. I have recently begun tutoring high school students in SAT prep. These experiences, as well as many other cultural experiences beyond academia and work, have further developed my level of maturity and patience to teach, listen, and engage with a diverse array of people; in effect, to be a solid leader. It has taken me a moment to figure out my next move after graduating from college (hello quarter-life crisis!). After much deep reflection, I've realized that I absolutely must nurture my passion for the environment and share it with others. I have begun researching grad programs and work opportunities to help me on this path. I have strong interests in forest and urban ecology, climate change, soil biogeochemistry, urban gardening, and sustainable design. With an opportunity to work for the esteemed Nature Conservancy, I believe I may be better able to refine my interests into a workable and sharable academic/career effort. The directives of the Urban Tree Health Monitoring efforts tie in best with my interest in urban arboriculture and citizen science so I'd be thrilled to be considered to work on this project. However, I'd also love to do any type of field science involved at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, especially if it involves working with the dirt! Please review my resume and do not hesitate to contact me for references or any questions. Thank you so much for your consideration already. Sincerely, Christine Kim
Tutor, 03/2016 － CurrentVaristy Tutors － Philadelphia, PA
Mainly tutoring high school students in SAT prep.
Also qualified to tutor math, science, reading, and GRE prep.
Undergraduate Research Assistant, 06/2014 － 08/2014Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory SSHI CZO － State College, PA
Woody plant species identification and soil O-horizon sample collection.
Analysis of soil organic carbon content of the SSHI CZO presented at a national hydrologic research colloquium.
Undergraduate Research Assistant, 06/2013 － 02/2014Water and Environmental Technology Center － Philadelphia, PA
Sample extraction and preparation for analysis via GC-MS/MS and LC-MS/MS instruments.
Familiarity with concepts of ozonalysis, UV irradiation, BOD, pollutant degradation, EPA standard methods for the examination of water and wastewater.
Proper maintenance and cleaning of laboratory instruments.
Campaign Director, 02/2013 － 12/2013Temple Students for Environmental Action － Philadelphia, PA
Coordinated between students and university administration the implementation of a large-scale compost program at a main dining hall.
Volunteer for Greenbuild 2013, PA/NJ Sustainability Symposium, TreePhilly, etc.
Student Worker, 03/2012 － 06/2014Temple University Science and Engineering Library － Philadelphia, PA
Library material collection, organization, and maintenance ACTIVITIES Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Urban Tree Tender Course (Philadelphia, PA) Certified by PHS, March 2014-May 2014 Knowledge of basic urban tree biology, identification, planting, care, and pruning Subsequent courses taken as of March 2016: urban agriculture, native plant gardening, tree identification.
Proficient in ArcGIS and Microsoft Office
Easy-going people skills
Ability to prioritize and work swiftly, with high attention to detail
Gardening/horticultural green thumb
2014Temple University－ Philadelphia, PABachelor of ScienceEnvironmental Science
Coursework in GIS, geochemistry, hydrology, plant community ecology, environmental chemistry, organic chemistry
Member of Students for Environmental Action Club
Temple University Library Prize for Sustainability Academic Achievement Award