Julianna Duran

  • Conservation Coordinator
  • Blacksburg, VA, USA
  • Jan 23, 2020
Full time Admin-Clerical

Personal Summary

I am a senior wildlife conservation student at Virginia Tech seeking job opportunities upon graduation. I have a strong background in research and data entry/organization from working with my university, private practices, and a few government agencies. I am hoping to gain experience in the workforce before continuing my education in environmental policy and law. My end goal is to become an attorney and advocate to protect our natural resources.

Work Experience

May 2019 - Aug 2019 College of Charleston: Fort Johnson Research Experience for Undergraduates
  • Analyzed fatty acid profiles of Nile Crocodile and Mozambique Tilapia using gas chromatography for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Participated in a science communications course
  • Created a journal article manuscript to report findings of the study
  • Presented research to professionals within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), NOAA, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, College of Charleston, as well as community members
Research Assistant
Jan 2019 - May 2019 Wildlife Ecotoxicology and Physiology Lab at Virginia Tech
  • Monitored the effect of temperature on wood duck development and behavior by entering and organizing data throughout the study
  • Handled, measured, and fed ducklings
  • Cleaned pens to reduce health hazards
Cashier/Sales Associate
Sep 2018 - Aug 2019 Panera Bread
  • Communicated with customers in-person and over the phone
  • Handled currency appropriately
  • Prepare baked goods and barista products to sell
  • Maintained the cleanliness and presentation of the restaurant
  • Closed and opened the restaurant
Biological Technician Intern
May 2018 - Aug 2018 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge
  • Conducted biological surveys of avian and ornate box turtle nesting using radio telemetry
  • Captured, tagged, and released Monarch butterflies with citizen scientists to support the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab
  • Assisted in leading the Young Stewards program to educate children on environmental recreation and practices
  • Monitored and removed invasive plant species
Research Assistant
Jan 2017 - Aug 2018 Wildlife Habitat and Population Analysis Lab at Virginia Tech
  • Identified big cat and prey species from camera traps in Belize
  • Labeled photographs by date, time, species, and description
  • Created a master data sheet to organize the large amounts of data received (Types of species, location, time, corresponding images, station number)
Research Assistant
Sep 2017 - May 2018 Blacksburg Black Bear Research Center
  • Analyzed footage of the bear, which was one nine-month period of non-stop recordings
  • Identified behaviors displayed by the bears studied
  • Created ethograms describing the behavior within a one-minute period, every 15 minutes 
Veterinary Assistant and Kennel Assistant
Oct 2015 - Aug 2017 Noah's Ark Animal Hospital
  • Provided nursing care during appointments, which included taking the temperature and weight of the animals
  • Communicated with clients during appointments by recording their questions/comments, scheduling appointments, ordering prescriptions, and reporting test results over the phone
  • Medicated animals – trained to give/apply pills, syrup, and cream medications
  • Collected and analyzed stool and ear samples in the laboratory to report the results to the doctor and patient
  • Handled animals during appointments
  • Assisted in preparing patients for surgeries and was readily available during the surgery for any help needed
  • Walked, bathed, fed, and handled boarders


Bachelor's Degree: Wildlife Conservation
Virginia Tech