Alison Petro

Alison Petro

Demonstrated ability in conducting many types of biological surveys, developing written content for organizations, and working with diverse groups of people.   Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint), FVS (expected), GIS, social media (Facebook), ‘R’.

Employment Sought:


Bachelor of Arts, June 2011
University of California, Santa Cruz                                 
Major: Community Studies


Professional Experience

Special Projects Assistant, Duke Forest, Durham, NC
Conduct fieldwork in sustainable forest management, including site assessments, regeneration counts, wildlife surveys, and marking of property lines.  Implement communications strategy by developing and editing public-facing content for Duke Forest, including flyers, newsletters, and social media.  Design outreach opportunities for the Forest, including events, educational resources, and tours for the public on topics such as history, plant identification, and forest management. 2016-Present
Naturalist, Walker Creek Ranch Outdoor School (Marin County Office of Education), Petaluma, CA
Effectively taught and communicated with groups of all ages, including parents and teachers; taught up to 450 students per year in groups of approximately 20 per week.  Developed curriculum and teaching materials on subjects such as ecology, natural history, and environmental science.  Trained and mentored 18 new staff; created an updated training manual and resources for incoming staff. Led and instructed field crews of 6-12 people in invasive plant removal and trail improvement projects. 2012- 2016
Field Technician, T.R.E.E.S. Research Station, Belize                                
Conducted surveys on local bird populations, including point count surveys and mist netting; assisted with other field monitoring projects including small mammal trapping, insect pinning, and amphibian surveys.  Developed a field key to local plants to aid new staff in correct identification and maintain consistency due to high turnover between field seasons. Summer 2014
Gardens Project Intern, Brookside School Farm and Willits Community Garden (North Coast Opportunities), Willits, CA    
Developed written content, including blog entries, flyers, and brochures for the organization’s programs.  Coordinated events for the public, including workshops, volunteer days, potlucks, and fundraising events to improve the community’s access to local food.  Assisted with all farm tasks from bed preparation, starting seeds, transplanting, watering, weeding, harvesting, and composting. 2010


environmental education
forest carbon modeling
forest management

Additional Resources

Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Non-profit / NGO
State / Local Government