I attended the BEPA conference at the Wynfrey Hotel earlier this month, and I am so excited to know that this group exists. I currently work at the Freshwater Land Trust in a contract position that is ending in August 2017. I am looking for environmental job opportunities in the Birmingham/Jefferson County area, and I thought it would be a good idea to contact you in my job search.
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development with which I previously worked as a therapist and teacher, however, after working in the education/healthcare fields for a few years, I returned to Auburn University to study Ecology/Wildlife/Natural Resource Management. I graduated in 2016 with a Masters of Science in Natural Resource Management, which led me to my current position at the Freshwater Land Trust in Birmingham.
As a graduate student in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn, I gained experience with GIS, population grids, and data collection. I acquired skills associated with specimen preparation and data-basing in the Auburn University Natural History Museum Freeman Herbarium, as well as aviary maintenance and rehabilitation of raptor species with the Auburn University Southeastern Raptor Center. My master’s project focused on the economic impacts and conservation value associated with endangered species. Additionally, I participated in two study abroad programs: one through Auburn in Panama focusing on GIS, and a month-long program through the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources in Costa Rica focusing on GIS, conservation economics, and sustainable agriculture.
These diverse education opportunities and real-world work experiences have allowed me to learn to effectively analyze, develop, and manage programs. Additionally, these positions have provided professional experience with different industries, governments, stakeholders, age groups, and cultures both domestically and abroad.
I would greatly appreciate any information you may have regarding environmental job openings in this area. My resume is attached for reference, and I can provide any other information that may be significant, which can be shared with others as needed.