Sarah Sanford

Sarah Sanford

I have 4+ years of work experience in a variety of environmental fields: consulting, environmental education, and natural resource management.

Career Interests

land and water conservation, community-based environmental management

Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC  
Concentration: Ecosystem Science and Conservation
Community-Based Environmental Management Certificate
Relevant coursework completed: Landscape Ecology, Fundamentals of Geospatial Analysis (ArcGIS 10.4), Applied Data Analysis using R, Community-Based Environmental Management
Relevant coursework in progress: Geospatial Analysis for Conservation and Land Management (ArcGIS 10.4), Social Science Surveys, Practicum in Community-Based Environmental Management, Wildlife Surveys
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Ethnoecology, May 2012
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Semester-long field studies program in Madagascar with School for International Training. Program: Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management

Professional Experience

Research Assistant, Environmental Stewardship Concepts, LLC, Richmond, VA
Provided technical consultation and assistance to help communities affected by hazardous waste sites understand and conduct cleanup projects. Wrote and edited technical reports for clients and the EPA; collected and reviewed scientific literature. Communicated daily with clients via phone and email, created monthly newsletter for the public, managed company website and Facebook. Led project for $30,000 contract creating a watershed risk analysis for the James River to outline the ecological risks from various forms of toxic pollution. November 2013 – May 2014(Intern) May 2014 – June 2016
Sage-Grouse Field Technician, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Northwestern CO
Conducted field surveys for greater sage-grouse on public and private lands in northwestern Colorado. Data used to estimate population densities of sage-grouse on lands at risk of being developed for oil and gas projects. Gained orienteering skills by navigating using a compass and handheld GPS unit, drove four-wheel drive state trucks on and off road. July 2015 – August 2015
Lakes of the Clouds Hut Naturalist, Appalachian Mountain Club, White Mountains, NH
Led ecology-themed programs every evening for audiences of up to 40 people, ranging in age from small children to adults, to communicate the importance of conserving alpine landscapes. Monitored local alpine plants for a study on plant phenology and climate change. Provided lodging, trail advice, and general mountain hospitality to guests of and visitors to the hut. May 2013 – August 2013 
Student Conservation Association/AmeriCorps Intern, Natural Resource Management, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Valley Forge, PA
Observed and recorded physiological development and health of white-tailed deer through tissue removal and body measurements for lethal reduction program. Managed invasive plants via spray application and monitored water quality using a YSI Sonde and HOBO data loggers. Led volunteer sessions for public (adults and children) in invasive plant and invasive crayfish removal to educate the public on the impact of invasive species and help restore the streams and forests of Valley Forge NHP. September 2012 – March 2013
Counselor & Instructor, Nature Camp, Vesuvius, VA, George Washington National Forest
Taught conservation and natural science classes to groups of 8 to 12 children twice a day, ages 5th through 12th grade. Classes taught: Limnology, Human Geography, Ecology. Created syllabi and tests, assigned age-appropriate reports and graded 80 reports per session. Led outdoor activities including day-long hikes, sports games, and explorations of surrounding ecosystem for particular flora and fauna. Assisted with daily cooking, cleaning, and provided basic First Aid for camp of approximately 80 campers. Summer 2010, 2011, 2012
•    Leavells Award recipient, 2012: voted by fellow staff members to have performed in the top five as counselor and instructor

Additional Information

Technical Skills: ArcGIS 10.4, R statistical software, Trimble, eTrex, HOBO data loggers, and YSI water quality monitoring equipment. Currently learning Qualtrics surveying software.
Volunteer Roles:  Colonial National Historical Park (March-May 2013): led Master Naturalist volunteer sessions and conducted invasive plant management



community-based management
environmental education
forest management
stakeholder engagement

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources

Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Non-profit / NGO
State / Local Government