College grad, Sustainability Science
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Location: Elizabeth, NJ, USA
University: Kean University
Major: BS Sustainability

College grad, Sustainability Science

SUMMARY: I am a recent college graduate looking to apply my passion for societal, economic and environmental justice through education, advocacy, and grassroots work. I have a personal interest in community-based approaches using storytelling and how narratives in environmental policy impact marginalized communities.

EDUCATION:

Kean University | Union, NJ August 2019
Bachelor of Science in Sustainability Science
Scholarships: Kean Foundation Scholarship Awards: Dean’s List: Fall 2014, 2015; Spring 2015, 2019

Relevant Coursework:
Scientific:
❖ Environmental Conservation on the Colorado Plateau
❖ Marine Conservation Biology & Policy
❖ Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
❖ Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
Economic:
❖ Public Administration
❖ Macroeconomics
❖ Microeconomics
❖ Statistics
Social:
❖ Environmental Health and Safety
❖ Laws for Sustainability
❖ Social Inequality in America
❖ Leisure and Recreation in Multicultural Society

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Independent Research|Union, NJ October 2018 - Present
Research alongside Dr. Bok Jeong, Kean University professor ~5 hours/week
❖ Conducting research pertaining to the transition of UN Sustainable Development Goals from Millennial Development Goals and the interaction with NGOs, businesses’ and nonprofit organizations by conducting, transcribing, and analyzing interviews. ❖ Publications/Presentations:
➢ Transatlantic Dialogue 2019: The Transformation from the Millennial to Sustainable Development Goals: Multi-Stakeholder Governance and the Contribution of Civil Society;
➢ ISTR: Transformation from the Millennial to Sustainable Development Goals: The Role of Global Civil Society in Transnational Policy

Union County Parks Management|Union, NJ January – May 2019
Literature Review Lead, GIS Editor, Kean University ~10 hours/week
❖ Translated the entire program, in Spanish. Oversaw literature review, responsible for the creation of logo design, and assisted in the creation of maps using ArcGIS software.
❖ Presented research at campus-wide event “Research Day”

Environmental Leadership Program|Remote August 2018 – April 2019
2nd Alumni Leadership Cohort ~10 hours/month
❖ One of 20 alumni of the 5 DDCSP network chosen to improve in network relations and communication. Funded by the Doris Duke Conservation Foundation.

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at Northern Arizona University 2016 - 2018 cohort (DDCSP @ NAU 2016) June 2016 – January 2018 ~720 hours/18 weeks
❖ One of 20 students selected nationwide for a 2-year immersive conservation-focused program.
❖ Year 1: Summer immersion and 3-week internship with Grand Canyon Trust
➢ Uplift Climate Conference planning: Facilitation of panel discussions, professional development workshops, organizing and managing pre-conference meetups
➢ Invasive species removal on the Bureau of Land Management protected areas.
❖ Year 2: Summer internship at Duke University’s Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, NC


➢ Basurto Lab to analyze the Mexican small-scale fishing sector to better comprehend the organizational structure the Mexican governance. The eventual goal of this work is to collect data from all stakeholders in the Mexican fishing sector to develop national policies and regulations.

SCA: AmeriCorps|Gateway National Recreation Area Sandy Hook, NJ May-August 2015 Water Safety Interpretation Intern ~40 hours/week
❖ Work alongside National Park Service Rangers in the Interpretation division to educate the public on National Park federal policies such as “Carry in Carry out” through digital media and direct communication.
❖ Translated ocean safety information to non-English speaking visitors (Spanish) to reduce drowning incidents in the park and promote safe practices.

WORK / LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE
Cosecha NJ|Elizabeth, NJ December 2017 – Present
Volunteer Organizer ~5 – 10 hours/week
❖ Community movement focused on dignity, respect, and permanent protection for all immigrants, currently focused on a campaign to pass driver’s licenses for all legislation in the state of New Jersey.
❖ Various tasks including setting up conference calls, ally training, fostering community support, and maintaining social media presence in both English and Spanish (Instagram, Facebook)

Kean Stage|Union, NJ January 2015 – Present
Box Office Manager ~ 20–40 hours/week
❖ Experience in theater management and operations as an usher, box office clerk, and promoted to box office manager Aug. 2016. Direct supervisor of a staff of all clerks and assistant managers: Training of all current box office clerks, scheduling, bookkeeping, interdepartmental interactions as well as any other managerial duties.
❖ Customer service (in person/online/phone), conflict resolution skills and patron satisfaction. Experience using Vendini ticketing software and communicating with their sales representatives.

Groundwork Elizabeth|Various Projects, throughout the USA December 2012 – August 2016 Green Team Representative of the Groundwork Elizabeth trust ~summer/winter volunteer ❖ Invasive plant removal, engagement, education and community cleanups within the city of Elizabeth and Morristown National Historical Park, NJ.
❖ Green Corps Session 2 at Yellowstone National Park Building. A week of backcountry trail maintenance, painting fences, cooperating with other Groundwork trusts across the country.
❖ Participated in the inaugural Mountain to Mainstreet cohort in partnership with USNPS, SCA, and Groundwork USA to design a youth community service and recreation event to inspire high school freshmen and sophomores to access local National Parks sites. The program consisted of a lighthouse tour, seining and a beach clean-up at Gateway National Recreation Area: Sandy Hook, NJ.
❖ Groundwork USA Youth Summit in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. A week of networking, sharing experiences to improve intergenerational community relations and consulting with EPA faculty.

CERTIFICATION AND SKILLS
Technical:
❖ New Jersey Driver’s License
❖ Protecting Human Research Participation National Institutes of Health (NIH) certification
❖ OSHA: Hazard Communication Standard & Bloodborne Pathogen Standards
❖ Indiana University Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands: Foundations of Interpretation
Skills:
❖ Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office: PowerPoint, Excel, Word
❖ Experience with ERSI ArcGIS, SimaPro for Life Cycle Assessments, and SPSS for statistical analysis
❖ Experience with digital platforms: iMovie, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
Marlen Paredes
Languages:
❖ Spanish, fluency in spoken, written communication and comprehension
❖ Italian, basic communication and comprehension

GIS, Sustainability, environment, community, engagement