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Sandy Marin

Natural Resource Professional

Rockville, MD

(301) 693 1247

About Me

I have an academic background in Natural Resources, and aim for a long term career at the nexus of environmental, racial, and social justice.

I am currently employed by a non-proft called MobilizeGreen and completing a 12-month assignment at the national headquarters of the United States Forest Service Offices of Tribal Relations and Conservation Education.

My portfolio of work includes managing 3 websites, 1 of them is incomplete and in need of final development. I am taking courses in front-end web design to manage the websites in my portfolio with confidence. I am also building the skills to successfully design a website from the US Web Design standards framework. These web development courses are part of my professional development plan in the Resource Assistant position.

The Resource Assistant Program is designed to be a career ladder position with the intention of transferring successful program participants into permanent positions with the Forest Service. I hope to pursue long term employment with the US Forest Service, but am open to new positions with conservation organizations in the Washington metro region.

Work Experience

USDA Forest Service Resource Assistant / MobilizeGreen
August 2019 - Present
  • Manage interagency or partner groups as well as a variety of projects by identifying objectives, deadlines, and deliverables, as well as provide resources to ensure success.

  • Develop and maintain 3 websites for the Forest Service Offices of Tribal Relations and Conservation Education.

  • Provide staff support by recording meetings notes, facilitating work sessions, and responding to the evolving needs of staff members.

Youth Conservation Corps Crew Leader / MobilizeGreen
Jun 2019 - August 2019
  • Oversee high school students carrying out conservation objectives on remote trails on the Monongahela National Forest.

  • Deliver educational modules related to conservation, social justice, and emotional intelligence to a group of 24 high school students

  • Ensure student safety by following organizational protocol regarding proper tool use, radio communication, and personal care.

Senior Sales Executive / Grape Solar, Inc.
July 2016 - January 2019
  • Oversee customer service operations, educate customers regarding photovoltaic array configuration and basic concepts of electricity.

  • Coordinate the configuration and sales of residential and commercial solar equipment including management of a nationwide network of solar installers.

  • Develop marketing materials and plan events such as trade shows and emergency preparedness fairs.


Mongtomery College
January 2020 - present

Front End Web Development Certificate in Progress

University of Arizona
August 2012 - May 2016

Bachelor of Science, Natural Resources

Emphasis in Global Change Ecology & Management

Extracurricular Activities

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program Alumni Advisory Committee
March 2020 - present

Represent a network of over 250 scholars in guiding the vision in an inagural alumni group of minority conservation scholars.

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program Alumni Network Communications Committee
March 2018 - November 2018

Facilitate cohesion of the alumni group by composing a digest compiling a variety of stories and interests put forth by scholars across the nation.

University of Arizona College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Dean's Leadership 50
January 2014 - May 2016

Found entrepreneurship and leadership among students. Organize a survey of students across campus and restaurants across Tucson regarding knowledge and attitudes towards sustainable seafood. Lead a team of students in developing a business model for a trade-in water bottle service.

University of Arizona Residence Hall Life Eco-Rep
September 2012 - May 2013

Apply sustainability when helping a committee organize residence hall events. Network with representatives across residence halls to address campus wide sustainability issues. Advocate conservation in weekly meetings.

Job Related Training

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program Alumni Leadership Cohort 1
August 2012 - May 2016

Participate in a week-long intensive leadership development workshop. Skill building included experiences in social justice, emotional development, and audience communcation.

Ecological Society of America 2015 SEEDS National Field Trip
August 2012 - May 2016

Learn ecological sampling field skills and develop environmental literacy.

National Hispanic Environmental Council New Mexico Minority Youth Environmental Training Institute
August 2012 - May 2016

Engage in professional development, as well as enhance knowledge of place based ecological sampling methods.

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Conservation Leadership Week
August 2012 - May 2016

Attend a week long minorities in conservation training at the National Conservation Training Center. Build skills in leadership, emotional intelligence, conservation persuasion, and career skill building.

Honors & Awards

University of Arizona College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Academic Year Academic Distinction
Spring 2016
Spring 2015

University of Arizona College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Dean's List
Spring 2016
Fall 2014

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program Collaborative Internship
May 2014 - August 2015

Doris Duke Conservatin Scholars Program Alumni Leadership Cohort
August 2012 - May 2016

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program Alumni Leadership Cohort
August 2012 - May 2016


Federal Agency Partnership to Engage Native American Youth in Historic Preservation
2020 National Environmental Justice Conference

Colorful Changes in Nature and Forest Therapy
2020 National Environmental Justice Conference

US Forest Service State & Private Forestry Conservation Education General Management Review Leadership Presentation
Forest Service Southwestern Region General Management Review

Nest Success of Cooper's Hawks Relative to Habitat Degradation
2015 Ecological Society of America Annual Convention

Front End Web Development Course Outcomes

ITI-412: HTML5 & CSS3
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Upon starting the HTML5 and CSS3 course, I hoped to learn how to create a breadcrumb, code a navigation menu, and how to style webpages. Throughout the course I gained a basic understanding of both web development languages, and learned how to modify different elements of a webpages from a template. In the course I developed the structure and style of a mock website for the San Joaquin Valley Town Hall.

ITI-413: Javascript & JQuery
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Upon starting the Javascript & JQuery course, I hoped to learn how to embed maps into webpages, how to create accordions, and how to enhance the interactivity of websites. Throughout the course I learned about the framework behind Javascript and also learned about the JQuery library that serves as a repository for countless Javascript functions. I learned how to make calls to the JQuery library to simplify the script needed to code an interactive website element. I plan to use JavaScript and JQuery to to improve the experiences of my website users by integrating interactive elements that simplify webpage navigation.

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In this course I learned the value of structuring information in a way that is accessible and allows the user to access specific metadata elements of data based on need. Because XML is customizable based on the client need, it can be structured in any way that is logical for the user experience. I hope to use XML to structure large data sets and extract specific metadata elements based on the needs of my clients.

ITI-415: Responsive Web Design
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Responsive web design taught me the frameworks used to design websites that respond to the many different screen sizes used in today's world. I learned how to use the W3C and Bootstrap frameworks to allow for the formatting of navigation menus, images, and page structure in response to variations in browser window size. Throughout the course I customized templates in both the W3C and Bootstrap frameworks to create personalized websites that I intend to use throughout the rest of my career.

ITI-396: Front End Web Development Capstone
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The capstone course allowed me the time needed to complete all the websites I worked on throughout the certification program. In the capstone course I completed necessary edits to the website developed in HTML5 & CSS3, an application developed in XML, JSON & AJAX, as well as complete the final edits to my W3C and Bootstrap websites.