Anna Schlosser

  • Seasonal Botanist
  • California, USA
  • Mar 26, 2020
Seasonal Government/Nonprofit Land Use

Personal Summary

To Whom it May Concern:

I am writing to express my heartfelt interest in applying for the Seasonal Botanist position. I am eager to work with an organization that values ecosystem health and creating food and habitat for other-than-human organisms, as well as making this earth more pleasant and habitable for us.. I am very passionate about working closely and thoughtfully with the land to strengthen the resiliency of these ecosystems in the face of climate change and other challenges.

I am currently working to fulfill transfer requirements at the Peralta Colleges, and I plan to transfer to University after these requirements are met and continue studying ecology and plant biology. Aside from my academic training, I have participated in workshops and taken classes in permaculture, plant biology, plant identification and propagation, ethnobotany, herbal medicine, and mycology.

Although I have not yet earned my Bachelor of Science degree, I have proven through my 5 years of field experience that I am a skilled and dedicated botanist. I believe that my less-than-conventional approach to the field of botany has equipped me with a unique perspective, though I am very much committed to scientific methodologies and protocols.

With the skills and experience I have in combination with my academic training, I believe that I would be a great asset to The Nature Conservancy.

Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you to speak further about this opportunity.

Sincerely,
Anna Schlosser

Work Experience

Ecological Restoration Technician
Jan 2017 - Mar 2019 Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
  • Executed ecological restoration projects based on project manager’s needs
  • Expanded knowledge of native, invasive and endangered plants, along with their communities and associations
  • Identified plants using dichotomous keys, such as the Jepson Manual
  • Monitored rare endemic plants in Serpentine and Chaparral habitats in Marin County
  • Assessed vegetation portion of hydrological mapping efforts on Mount Tamalpais
  • Executed invasive plant mapping projects using GPS units, ArcGIS, Avenza Maps
  • Recorded data, entered data into databases to keep track of all work performed
  • Attended CNPS rapid assessment/relevĂ© training for San Mateo County vegetation mapping efforts
  • Assisted with native plant revegetation efforts
  • Planned and executed invasive species removal projects, used and maintained hand and power tools
  • Collaborated with and completed work for project managers to ensure expectations were met
  • Managed Contractors in large-scale invasive plant removal projects
  • Worked in areas with difficult terrain, and in endangered species habitat
  • Interfaced with the public as needed to inform them about project or safety information
Botany Technician
May 2019 - Jul 2019 Pinnacles National Park
  • Conducted riparian vegetation monitoring in Pinnacles National Monument
  • Recorded data to be used in long-term monitoring protocol
  • Identified plants using dichotomous keys such as the Jepson Manual
  • Used methods such as Cowardin classification system, assessed vegetation communities and alliances
  • Worked efficiently and safely in difficult terrain, challenging field conditions, heat, heavy poison oak
  • Identified vegetation in all life stages to mat least species level
  • Conducted point-intercept, quadrant and transect surveys
  • Aided hydro-geomorphologist in California Rapid Assessment Surveys and determining Rosgen type
Assistant Conservation Management Specialist
Jan 2019 - May 2019 Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
  • Responsible for overseeing and implementing restoration projects to enhance native habitat for rare and endangered species (such as the California Red-Legged Frog) in California native coastal grasslands
  • Monitored rare plant populations using point-intercept, transect, and presence/absence surveys
  • Identified, prioritized and implemented invasive plant removal of over 30 invasive plant species
  • Supervised, mentored and trained 2 interns and 150 volunteers in native planting and invasive removal projects
  • Used and maintained hand and power such as brush-cutters, hedge-trimmers, shovels, pulaskis, McLeods, post-pounders, pry-bars
  • Trained and supervised Restoration Technician crews in restoration projects in wetlands, grasslands and scrublands.
  • Managed Contractors in large-scale native planting projects (scheduling, field oversight, quality control)
  • Mapped invasive plant populations and documented work-performed using Calflora Observer Application, Trimble GPS, and ArcGIS
  • Presented interpretive information regarding the restoration efforts to colleagues
Ecological Restoration Intern
Feb 2016 - Jan 2017 Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
  • Executed restoration projects
  • Assisted in the planning and prioritization of restoration projects in various coastal ecosystems
  • Developed strong field observation and plant identification skills
  • Identified plants using a dichotomous key such as the Jepson Manual
  • Surveyed vegetation test plots using quadrant surveys
  • Led workshops in identifying grasses using a dichotomous key
  • Produced report summarizing department-wide California red-legged frog monitoring efforts
  • Executed data entry and digitization of work performed reports
  • Managed contractors in invasive plant removal requiring rope-access and chemical treatment
  • Monitored California Red-Legged Frog egg masses
  • Assisted in endangered salmonid recovery
  • Gained strong working knowledge of hand and power tool maintenance and repair
  • Led volunteer groups in a variety of revegetation and invasive plant removal projects
  • Performed manual and chemical removal of invasive plant species

Education

Biology, Horticulture, Transfer Credit fulfillment (64 Credits toward a Bachelor of Science); GPA: 3.4
Aug 2017 - Dec 2019 Peralta Community College District,
Ecology and Biology (31 Credits toward Bachelor of Science); GPA: 4.0
Aug 2013 - Jun 2015 City College of San Francisco