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’.

Career Interests

Land Management, Conservation, Sustainable Forestry, Urban Forestry, Water Resources

Employment Sought:


Bachelor of Artsmagna cum laude, June 2011
University of California Santa Cruz                                 
Major: Community Studies


Professional Experience

Carbon for Conservation Master’s Project Team Member,The Nature Conservancy - North Carolina, Durham, NC
Evaluate carbon stocking levels across forested ecosystems in North Carolina. Build GIS prioritization model to find priority sites for TNC to develop carbon offset projects. Recommend specific regulatory and voluntary carbon protocols applicable to The Nature Conservancy. (2017-present)
Land Protection Intern, Conservation Trust for North Carolina, Raleigh, NC
Monitored conservation easements and fee-simple properties and wrote reports detailing conditions. Built conservation prioritization GIS model to inform future projects; model prioritized over 5000 parcels along Blue Ridge Parkway based on water quality, parcel size, biodiversity, climate change resilience, adjacency to existing protected areas. Created updated maps and shapefiles of existing projects; organized files across all devices. Wrote outreach letters and maintained professional relationships with landowners. (Summer 2017)
Special Projects Assistant, Duke Forest, Durham, NC
Assisted with sustainable forest management, including site assessments, regeneration counts, wildlife surveys, road maintenance, and marking property lines. Implemented communications strategy by developing and editing public-facing content for Duke Forest, including flyers, newsletters, and social media. Designed educational outreach opportunities for the Forest, including events, educational resources, and public tours on history, plant identification, and forest management. (2016-2017)
Naturalist, Walker Creek Ranch Outdoor School, Marin County Office of Education, Petaluma, CA
Effectively taught and communicated with youth, parents, and teachers; taught CA science curriculum to up to 450 students annually. Developed curriculum and teaching materials related to 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 point count surveys and mist netting to monitor bird populations; assisted with other field projects including small mammal trapping, insect pinning, and amphibian surveys. Developed research protocols based on previous studies; designed and implemented research and monitoring projects; set up transects and fixed radius plots; maintained Excel database of field data. Identified plants and plant communities within survey sites; developed a field key to local plants to aid new staff in correct identification. (Summer 2014)

Additional Information

Co-chair, Duke University Student Chapter, Society of American Foresters

Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint), GIS, Avenza Maps, FVS, social media (Facebook), ‘R’.


forest carbon modeling
forest management
project management

Graduation Date

December 2018

Additional Resources

Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Non-profit / NGO
State / Local Government