Tara’s Curriculum Vitae


Bachelor of Science Honours, Biology
Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada            2009-2014

Professional Profile

  • Strong technical lab and field skills developed from biology internship at Cascade Environmental Resource Group, including water turbidity testing, bird nest surveys and fish salvage and identification
  • Abundance of fish handling experience gained through salmon clipping with Department of Fisheries and Oceans run hatcheries
  • Proven time management and organization demonstrated through successfully balancing school and several extracurricular activities including intramural sports and volunteer positions
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills developed through 6 years experience in hospitality and service industry positions
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and take on new and unknown tasks while working as a biology intern at Cascade Environmental Resource Group Ltd.
  • Committed to promoting a strong safety culture both at home and at work.
  • Proficient with a number of computer software programs, including R Statistical Software and Microsoft Suite

Relevant Work Experience

Tenderfoot Creek Hatchery                                                                                                June 2014

       Salmon Care and Clipping

  • Quickly and efficiently clipped the adipose fins of hatchery raised fish while monitoring the well being of the salmon
  • Performed quality control and assessment on the adipose clipping of salmon
  • Administered anesthesia to fish
  • Sampled juvenile salmon and took measurements for growth rate calculations
  • Participated in salmon food preparation and feeding

Capilano River Hatchery                                                                                                  April 2014

       Salmon Clipping and Coded Wire Tagging

  • Integral part of a salmon rearing research project analyzing the rearing and release of juvenile hatchery salmon in different environments
  • Quickly and efficiently clipped the adipose fins of hatchery raised fish and inserted coded wire tags at the rate of 5 000 a day, while maintaining, and monitoring the well being of the salmon
  • Operated a coded wire tagging machine
  • Performed quality control and assessment on the clipping and tagging of salmon
  • Ensured proper personal protective equipment was worn when working over water

Cascade Environmental Resource Group Ltd.                                                          May 2011 – August 2011

       Summer Intern

  • Assisted biologists in the field performing bird surveys, salamander salvage, assessing riparian areas, assisting with electrofishing, as well as fish ID and release and water sample collection
  • Maintained lab and equipment cleanliness, and ran water quality tests
  • Worked at the front desk, answering email and phone inquiries, and directing them to the appropriate staff member
  • Edited reports, ensured applications and reports were mailed to clients on time, and maintained office inventory
  • Prioritized safety both on and off the job site by ensuring adequate personal protective equipment was worn and work occurred in a safe manner.

Other Work Experience

Craft Beer Market                                                                                                          February 2014 – Present

Shift Leader/Server

  • Oversee and manage staff in a high-volume, high turnover restaurant
  • Ensure the team has the tools and support they need to excel in their position
  • Prioritize a large number of tasks to be completed during busy service hours
  • Quickly and calmly solve a variety of problems as they arise during service
  • Provide positive guest experience
  • Regularly resolve guest issues in a polite and effective manor

Volunteer Experience

Great Canadian Shoreline Clean Up                                                                           September 2014

       Site Coordinator

  • Organized community members in cleaning the shoreline of Mill Creek in addition to applying for the appropriate licenses and insurance with the City of Edmonton

Queens University                                                                                                         January 2010 – March 2013

       Blood Services Team Volunteer

  • Logged over 40 hours ensuring blood donors filled out appropriate paper work before donating and monitored their well-being after donating

Movember                                                                                                                       November 2011/2012/2014

Movember Team Leader

  • Started, organized, and led a Movember team that raised $6,934 over three years by coordinating six successful fundraising events

Whistler BioBlitz                                                                                                           August 2011

       Community Education Volunteer

  • Aided in the education of community members of all ages at a 24 hour survey of species with interactive displays and nature crafts

Queen’s University                                                                                                        Fall 2010

Freshmen Orientation Week Leader

  • Worked together with one other student to lead 14 first-year students through four days of orientation activities and ease their transition to campus life
  • Continued to act as a mentor to all group members for three years

 Certifications and Short Courses

  • Fish of Alberta Field Identification Course

– Alberta Society of Professional Biology December 2014

  • Ontario Universities Program in Field Biology to Costa Rica

– University of Waterloo 2011

  • Pleasure Craft Operators License
  • Over 100 hours spent safely operating a variety of boats including 12ft zodiacs, 14ft aluminum boats with outboard motors, as well as 20ft inboard ski boats.
  • Class 5 Drivers License
  • Pending Member of the ASPB as a Biologist in Training

Extracurricular & Interests

  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking, camping and generally being outside
  • Downhill skiing: Certified level one ski instructor
  • Conversational Spanish
  • Intramural sports including volleyball, inner tube water polo, ultimate Frisbee, and softball
  • Cooking and food
  • Travel
  • Horseback riding
  • Reading

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