Experience Summary -- Adventure Travel, Eco Tourism and More...
Ten years as professional wilderness guide, environmental educator, naturalist, and service crew project manager; later served as eco-tour leader for six multi-day tours for 6-12 people.
Spent 28 months traveling to 32 countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands.
Spent 26 months engaged in non-work-related wilderness adventures in the US since 1980.
Interested in, and capable of, providing clients of all ages, cultures, and economic backgrounds with an informative, enjoyable, safe, and memorable adventure travel experience.
Expertise Summary - Adventure Travel and Ecotourism
■ Lead Tour, Field, and Educational Programs: Design, market and/or lead one-to-ten day adventure, interpretive, and service project programs for ages 12-80 in groups of 2-20 people. Develop daily schedule, educational programs, speakers, special features.
■ Tour Logistics Management: Oversee logistics for food, lodging, travel, special events and guest speakers; confirm schedule & timetable with vendors; manage finances, contingency plans and special needs; communicate with home office.
■ Client Management: Provide daily briefings; answer questions; respond to special requests and health needs; address conflicts; keep guests happy, healthy and satisfied.
■ Educational Programs: Develop pre-designed spoken, photo and multi-media presentations of 15-60 minutes using natural science, policy, cultural history & human interest themes; provide impromptu information and respond to “teachable moments”.
■ Marketing/Promotional Materials: Design and produce brochures, newsletters, technical reports, photo CDs, videos and other products to distribute before, during, and after the tour.
■ Interpretive Guide, National Association for Interpretation
■ Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Medical Associates International
Graduate Studies, International Policy and Practice
The Elliott School of International Affairs George Washington University, USA (2012)
Coursework: International Policy and Practice, Participatory Planning, Social Marketing, Survey Methods (conducted public attitude survey about eco-tourism during ten day study abroad program in Cusco, Peru)
BS, Recreation and Park Management (concentration in Environmental Education) College of Human Development and Performance; University of Oregon, USA (1984)
Professional Leading and Guiding Experience
Expedition Leader ❙ Lindblad Expeditions ❙ March 19 - Present
Company Focus: Offering guests an authentic, up-close adventure expedition experience by ship in many of the planet’s wild remote places.
■ Serve as Expedition Leader on seven night small ship cruises between Juneau and Sitka, Alaska.
■ Coordinate expeditions programs, oversee well-being of 60+ guests, manage field staff.
EcoLodge Manager ❙ El Dorado Natural Reserve ❙ April 05
Company Focus: Fundación ProAves, non-government organization that manages twenty-two bird habitat nature reserves in Colombia.
■ Served as Manager for 10-room lodge in El Dorado bird reserve in northeast Colombia.
■ Lack of sufficient Spanish proved to make relationship with staff too difficult to stay on.
Tour Guide ❙ Off the Beaten Path ❙ Aug - Sept 09
Company Focus: Provide high-end “active outdoor journeys” for guided groups or private custom trips of 3-10 days throughout western U.S., Latin America, New Zealand and Australia.
■ Solo leader on six day, eight guest tour in Glacier & Waterton National Parks (US/Canada).
■ Co-leader on a six day, ten guest wildlife trip through Yellowstone National Park. Tour Guide ❙
Tour Leader ❙ American Wildlands ❙ Sept 05 - June 09
Company Focus: For donors/supporters, hosted six-day tour to Yellowstone National Park and surrounding wildlands, to view landscapes and wildlife AWL advocated for, and discuss natural history, best management practices and policies/politics surrounding these species.
■ Oversaw development of one donor tour, including schedule, logistics and speakers, while serving as executive director.
■ Led and managed one tour, including all aspects of logistics and client support.
Tour Leader ❙ Predator Conservation Alliance ❙ June 96 - June 04
Company Focus: For donors/supporters, hosted six-day tours to Yellowstone National Park and surrounding wildlands, to view wildlife species PCA advocated for, and discuss natural history, best management practices and policies/politics surrounding these species.
■ Developed annual wildlife tour program while serving as co-founder and executive director.
■ Oversaw development of four annual tours, including schedule, logistics and speakers.
■ Led and managed four tours, including all aspects of logistics and client support.
Field Instructor ❙ Yosemite Institute ❙ Sept 84 - June 88
Company Focus: Provide two-to-five day environmental education “classes” or seminars for students aged 12 - 80; led multi-day educational trips for retired people from ElderHostel program (now “Road Scholar”); trained teachers from across U.S. in environmental education.
■ Led day, evening, week, and weekend field seminars in & about Yosemite National Park.
■ Instructed approximately 150 school groups; adult eco-tours; teacher trainings.
Field Crew Supervisor ❙ Student Conservation Association ❙ Summers 83 - 89
Company Focus: Offer students of all ages in US to serve as volunteers to protect natural and cultural resources of national parks, national forests and urban communities.
■ Hired, trained and supervised high school students for month-long projects in wilderness trail maintenance and habitat restoration service program.
■ Coordinated with federal land agencies to plan, implement and evaluate projects. Oversaw all logistics and safety of work crew, wilderness camp management and work project.
■ Conducted five-day field training and orientation for new field crew supervisors.
Field Instructor ❙ Outward Bound ❙ Dec 82 - Apr 83, Sept 84
Company Focus: Outdoor leadership programs for teens, adults and professionals that emphasize personal growth through experience and challenge in the wilderness.
■ Instructor for three month-long wilderness “adjudicated youth” programs in Florida, and one month-long standard wilderness course in California Sierra Nevada mountains.
■ Oversaw all aspects of group and wilderness camp management, logistics and safety.
■ Taught and trained students in long-distance hiking, backpacking, mountain and rock climbing, canoeing, map reading and wilderness safety.
Naturalist ❙ Environmental Learning Center ❙ Jan - May 80
Company Focus: Environmental education center in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters developing knowledge, skills, motivation and commitment to work together for a quality environment.
■ Taught natural history and wilderness survival skills to 6th-9th grade students during week long day trips of hiking, skiing or canoeing outings.