Michael V Hopkins

  • Environmental
  • Providence, RI, USA
  • Feb 27, 2020
Full time Government/Nonprofit Biotech

Work Experience

Integrated Pest Management Specialist
Sep 2019 - Feb 2020 Gotham Greens
  • In charge of the development and execution of the IPM strategy to prevent and control all insects, diseases, and pests
  • Prevent and manage all pests through daily monitoring, beneficial insect release, pesticide application, training of employees, detailed record keeping, and data analysis
  • Support head grower by assisting with nutrient management, budget preparation, documentation and food safety log keeping, scientific research, and compliance with all EPA, FDA, and OSHA acts
  • Communicate and collaborate with operations team to assist with overall procedures including greenhouse maintenance, seeding, transplanting, and harvesting of crops
  • (Current employment. Please do not contact)
LiveRoof Specialist
Oct 2017 - Sep 2019 Prides Corner Farms/LiveRoof LLC
  • With Prides Corner Farms as the native grower for the New England area, Liveroof manufactures a hybrid green roof system and vertical living wall system that can be utilized in a variety of settings for multiple applications and purposes
  • As a LiveRoof specialist, I implemented all Liveroof sales, management, and installations for Northern New Jersey, all of New York, and Western Connecticut by continuously working with architects, general contractors, and real estate managers to help design and educate
  • With these installations, more sustainable buildings are constructed that reach LEED credits, reduce overhead costs and urban heat island effects, increase productivity and mental health, and meet state standards for carbon footprint and stormwater management
Associate Men’s & Women’s Swimming Coach
Sep 2017 - Aug 2019 University of Bridgeport
  • Worked directly with head coach to properly train swimmers for collegiate meets, conference championship, and NCAA D2 championship
  • Prepared and conducted high level training that challenged student athletes to focus on all aspects of competitive swimming
  • Successfully ran several home meets using Hy-Tek Team and Meet Manager, and Colorado Timing System
  • Promoted physical, mental, and nutritional health by educating student athletes in and out of the pool
  • Managed scholarships, funding, budgeting, and all financial planning with head coach
Hydroponic Greenhouse Assistant Manager
Oct 2016 - May 2017 Maple Lane Farms
  • Worked directly with greenhouse manager to sustainably produce hydroponically grown lettuce and leafy greens that were sold directly to wholesale businesses and distributors in New England
  • Completed water tests, calculated and applied granular and liquid fertilizers, applied pesticides and herbicides when necessary, and maintained logs for record keeping and food safety
  • Implemented an IPM program to prevent and treat root diseases, fungus gnats, algae, aphids, downy mildew, and powdery mildew
  • Completed projects such as lighting installations, plumbing modifications and repairs, pond repairs, and a roof restoration to increase the greenhouse size and allow for the experimental growth of new varieties of lettuce and herbs
Turfgrass Sumemr Intern
May 2016 - Sep 2016 Round Hill Club
  • Completed daily tasks such as fertilizer calculations and calibration, multiple forms and brands of fertilizer and pesticide application using several types of equipment and vehicles, mowing course turf including greens, tees, fairways, collars, and rough, and use of all equipment including tractors with PTO
  • Managed crew to complete daily tasks including seeding, topdressing, cultivation, mowing, pruning, tree removal, bunker maintenance, aeration, resodding, irrigation, and syringing
  • Experience with PENN A-4 Creeping Bentgrass, Perennial Rye, Poa Annua, and spotting the diseases, insects, pests, and stress they often experience
  • Implemented an intensive IPM to manage the entire 25 acre course. With dozens of soil and turf samples, each hole received a unique program to prevent, control, and eradicate the spread of undesirable weeds, diseases, and pests. All cultural, chemical, and biological practices were observed and logged to improve accuracy
  • Assisted in the remodeling of all 18 holes including fairway expansion, greens expansion, and bunker creation
Assistant Pool Manager, Assistant Swim Coach, Head Lifeguard
May 2010 - Aug 2015 Roxbury Swim & Tennis Club
  • Head lifeguard for multiple summers before being promoted to assistant pool manager
  • Trained lifeguards and employees on how to create a safe, risk-free environment and how to respond to different scenarios and emergencies
  • Assistant pool manager duties included overseeing pool operations, creating water tests, and maintaining water quality using pool equipment, filters, and chemicals
  • As Assistant Swim Coach, trained various ages of swimmers on all aspects of swimming from beginning technique through to competing in USA Swimming sanctioned events

Education

Double major: Horticulture, Turfgrass/Soil Science
Sep 2013 - May 2017 University of Connecticut