Curriculum Vitae

Zach Rokeach. 499 Vermont Avenue. Berkeley, CA  94707. E-mail: zrokeach@yahoo.com

OBJECTIVE

I am seeking an internship/paid position to further my interests in the fields of: fishery ecology, agroecology & plant pathology, habitat reclamation, climate change science, environmental law & policy, transportation & planning, pollution mitigation, environmental journalism and green building.

EDUCATION

  • August 2012 – present, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA; Division of Social Sciences, candidate for combined BA in Environmental Studies and Biology (expected: December 2014). Coursework includes: chemistry, biology, plant disease ecology, biostatistics, agroecology, coastal marine ecology & environmental law/writing/communication
  • August 2011 – July 2012, Peralta Community College District, Berkeley/Oakland/Alameda, CA; Undeclared
  • August 2009 – May 2011, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; School of Architecture
  • September 2005 – June 2009, Berkeley High School, Berkeley, CA; graduated from the Academic Choice Program

COMPUTER PROGRAMS

  • Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint
  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign
  • AutoCad
  • Rhinoceros 3D & Vray

EMPLOYMENT

April 2014 – present

Lab/Field Assistant, Shennan Lab, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA. Agroecology and sustainable agriculture laboratory and field research. Tasks include treatment application, biomass sampling, EC and pH measurements, data collection and entry, upkeep and maintenance, etc.

January 2014 – March 2014

Intern, NOAA Fishery Ecology Division, Santa Cruz, CA. Intern working under Dr. Cynthia Kern. Sorted through samples of arthropods taken from Scott Creek, for a NOAA grant investigating the coho salmon pop. dynamic response to the 2009 “Lockheed” wildfire.

July 2013 – September 2013

Intern, Urban Biofilter & Hyphae Design Laboratory, Oakland, CA. Researched and wrote a paper on the financial incentives of air pollution biofiltration. Also CAD drafting, website maintenance, construction and installation of various projects, blog writing.

March 2013 – June 2013

Research Assistant, UCSC Forest Ecology Research Plot (FERP), Santa Cruz, CA. Supervisor of three interns assigned to the UCSC FERP, taking measurements of diameter and bearing (plus other various special circumstances) of all plant, tree, and vine species on the UCSC FERP.

January 2013 – March 2013

Intern, UCSC Forest Ecology Research Plot (FERP), Santa Cruz, CA. Took measurements of diameter and bearing (plus other various special circumstances) of all plant, tree, and vine species on the UCSC FERP.

Summer 2011, Summer 2010

Architecture Intern, Interactive Resources, Pt. Richmond, CA. Measured floor space in a historic house in preparation for restoration; prepared CAD drawings for a solar panel farm and the historic house; took photos of commercial property and analyzed opportunities for renovations. Drew up CAD engineering and architectural details for various projects. Accompanied the principal architect (and Richmond city councilman) Thomas K. Butt to site visits and the occasional sales pitch, as well as city council meetings.

Summer 2010

Swim Instructor, University of California, Berkeley, CA. Taught swimming to children ages 3 to 15.

Summer 2009

Lifeguard/WSI Swim Instructor, Live Oak Memorial Pool/Oakland High, city of Oakland, Oakland, CA. Lifeguard and WSI swim instructor six days a week. Taught swim lessons to children 3 to 12 years old, often including developmentally disabled children.

Summer 2008

Lifeguard, El Cerrito Community Center, El Cerrito, CA. Lifeguard at the El Cerrito Community Center. Configured the pool for different swim activities, maintained on-deck safety and served as cashier.

Summer 2008

Lifeguard, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. Lifeguard at two different pools, Spieker Pool and Hearst Pool, configuring the pool for different swim activities and maintaining safety.

Summer 2007

Junior Counselor, Camp Kee Tov, Berkeley, CA. Helped supervise a group of 15-plus campers ages 6-7 for one session (four weeks); helped develop and implement activity programs including arts and crafts, games, swimming and singing; maintained safety; assisted with guarding the swimming pool; staffed overnights.

Summer 2006

Counselor-in-Training, Camp Kee Tov, Berkeley, CA. Helped supervise a group of 15-plus campers ages 6-7 for two sessions (eight weeks); helped develop and implement activity programs; maintained safety; assisted with guarding the swimming pool; staffed overnights.

VOLUNTEER WORK/ACTIVITIES/PUBLICATIONS

  • Milvia Street Journal 2012 Edition, Berkeley City College, two of my illustrations published
  • One of a small group of students picked by Berkeley High School’s principal to serve on his Futures Committee, a year-long effort to close the achievement gap.
  • Math tutor, Berkeley High School, Berkeley, CA.
  • Cooked and served homeless meals at two locations in Berkeley while in high school.
  • Served on the Board of Directors of Midrasha, an East Bay teen program.
  • Member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at the University of Southern California.

SPORTS

  • I played water polo all four years at Berkeley High, and served as captain of the school’s varsity water polo team for my last season in the fall of 2008; I’ve also played water polo with an adult masters team based in El Cerrito, CA, known as XX-XY.
  • Member of Berkeley High’s JV lacrosse team in spring of 2007.
  • Member of Berkeley High’s swim team in freshman and sophomore years.
  • Member of Berkeley High’s golf team in spring 2008.

REFERENCES

  • Sarah Rabkin, Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz, srabkin@ucsc.edu
  • Brent Bucknum, Founding Principal, Urban Biofilter & Hyphae Design Laboratory, Oakland CA, brent@urbanbiofilter.org
  • Alex Jones, Campus Natural Reserve Steward, UC Santa Cruz, asjones@ucsc.edu, 831-459-4971
  • Dr. Amy Concilio, Department of Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz, amyconcilio@gmail.com, 831-295-4359
  • Prof. Jin Zhang, Chemistry and Biochemistry, UC Santa Cruz, zhang@ucsc.edu, 831-459-3776

Student, UC Santa Cruz

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