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Professional Summary
A detail and results oriented, passionate, and energetic professional with experience working within Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited organizations since 2008, and valid California driver's license.
  • Animal care
  • Accurate record keeping
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Intuitive people management skills
  • Charismatic public speaker
  • Team player
  • Attention to detail
  • Critical thinker
  • Quick learner
  • Commitment to quality and service
  • Resource management
  • Creative problem solver
Work History
Animal Keeper, 05/2014 to Current
San Francisco Zoo San Francisco, California

Husbandry and care of animals in the carnivore section. Administers all food, medication, and vitamins. Maintains clean animal exhibits, holding areas, and keeper work areas. Monitors animal behavior and health, and reports changes to supervisor. Conducts keeper talks and interacts with the public daily.

  • Achieved title of Sea Lion Primary by demonstrating leadership, knowledge of the species and animal training.
  • Implemented new record keeping system at Sea Lion department which improved productivity and streamlined communication.
  • As Sea Lion Primary, advanced productivity of the department by training and educating staff on advanced behaviors.

Temporary Animal Keeper-Carnivores, 05/2014 to 12/2014
San Francisco Zoo San Francisco, California

Same responsibilities as position listed above.

Temporary Animal Keeper- Children's Zoo, 07/2014 to 11/2014
San Francisco Zoo San Francisco, California

Cared for various invertebrates and exhibits at the Insect Zoo. Husbandry and care of rabbits, guinea pigs, and lovebirds including exhibit maintenance. Coordinated activities of Insect Zoo adult and teen volunteers. Trained adult and teen volunteers on various daily tasks. 

As-Needed Animal Keeper, 03/2014 to 07/2014
San Francisco Zoo San Francisco, California

Husbandry and care of animals in carnivore, primate and children's zoo sections. Maintained and clean animal enclosures and exhibits.

Aquarist, 08/2012 to 03/2014
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Vallejo, California

Operated and maintained aquatic animal life support systems. Monitored animals in quarantine facilities and followed all quarantine procedures. Performed educational lectures, underwater dive shows, and conducted tours as assigned.

  • Implemented new practice of communication used by staff to coordinate animal captures for medical procedures.
Keeper Aide/Seasonal Keeper, 11/2008 to 05/2012
Chicago Zoological Society Brookfield, IL
Daily animal husbandry and care for bottlenose dolphins, sea lions, harbor seals, and grey seals. Assisted veterinarians in all animal medical procedures. Conditioned new behaviors with all animals. Kept accurate and detailed animal records. 
  • Developed new process for how staff members communicate about enrichment items and their location.
  • Responsible for creative design and building of enrichment storage structures which improved department enrichment organization.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Biology: Zoo and Aquarium Studies, August 2010
Western Illinois University - Macomb, IL

This certificate program was designed to educate students on detailed animal biology, concepts of animal training, practical management skills required for working with people, and provide practical experience working in and around zoos and aquariums. 

Bachelor of Science: Animal Science, Chemistry, May 2008
University of Illinois - Urbana, Illinois

Non Degree: Exchange Student, December 2007
University of New South Wales - New South Wales, Australia
Coursework focused on biological and environmental issues. Focus within the marine environment, marine and aquatic ecology, life in arid lands, and geology.

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Dedicated Wildlife Biologist with excellent technical, analytical and communication skills.  Strong background in compiling and presenting informational material to the public.  Seeking an opportunity to apply my education and experience while strengthening my skills in research and field work.
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Writing scientific reports
  • Species inventory
  • Water quality analysis
  • Detail-oriented
  • Problem solving
  • Data collection/analysis
  • Adaptable and reliable
Naturalist Dec 2016 to Current
Museum of Science and History Jacksonville, FL
  • Care for native wildlife, including reptiles, birds of prey, and mammals
  • Develop and presented educational programs for the community
  • Care for and maintain marine wildlife exhibits
  • Created new enrichment protocols for all animals in the museum collection
  • Created operant conditioning programs for birds of prey
First Mate Mar 2018 to Current
St. John's River Taxi Jacksonville, FL
  • Provides science and history tours for groups up to 100 people 
  • Help captain in docking and securing the vessel
  • Assist in maintaining and repairing motors on a commercial pontoon boat
Volunteer, Ecologist Assistant May 2014 to Jun 2015
UNF Environmental Center, Sawmill Slough Preserve Jacksonville, FL
  • Obtained water samples and performed chemical analysis
  • Performed species inventory using fish and pitfall traps
  • Identified lichen species using chemical tests
  • Extracted invasive plant species and collected native plant species
Bachelor of Science, Ecology and Evolution Biology 2015 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
Certification, Upland Systems Module 2018 Florida Master Naturalist Program
Relevent Coursework
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Conservation Biology
  • Vertebrate Anatomy
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Limnology