Michelle Parkins

Freelance Architectural Illustrator & Presentation Designer

Location:Medford, Oregon, United States
2 Skills
• Master’s Landscape Arch., University of Oregon (Dec, 2011)
- Study Aboard, Architecture in Rome, Italy (Summer 2009)
• B. S. Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences-Conservation Biology University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana (Aug, 2003)

• Healthcare Garden Design Certificate of Merit - Chicago Botanic Garden (May 2011)
• Pat Tillman Foundation Selectee Honor for University of Oregon (2010-2011,2011-2012)
• Oregon Chapter ASLA Education Fund Recipient (2010-2011)
• Marie and Arthur Berger Scholarship Recipient (2009-2010)
• Serving Returning Veterans –A Community Response to Trauma, Certificate of Attending (October 2010)
• University of Oregon 15 Passenger Van Certification
• Trained and licensed by the U.S. Forest Service for the use of ATV’s (All Terrain Vehicles)
• Public Pesticide Applicator License-Oregon Department of Agriculture:
Category: 731-Agriculture Insecticide and Fungicide

• Software: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Prezi, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Sketch-Up, GIS, AUTOCAD, Husky Fex. 21(handheld computers), Trimble Geo3 GPS and Geo XT systems/units.
• Research, Communication, Organizational, Fun, Energetic, Honest, Open, Diligent, Flexible, Loyal, Fast Leaner, High Standards, Persistent, Plant installation, Landscape Maintenance
Principle/Consultant Landscape Designer and Gardener, MP Landscape Design & More
March, 2010 - Present
• Owner of independent design and maintenance business who works directly with homeowners and other small businesses for landscape design and maintenance of residential and business outside spaces.
• Independent contract work with Red Bird Design, duties include: sources and listing Portland, OR metropolitan Retail Garden Center & Furnishing Outlets, Landscape Contractor Exam preparations & timelines, and Landscape Contractor & Maintenance Companies in/around Corvallis, Oregon and other duties and task as needed.
• Consultant to Landscape Architects and others interested in Gardens for veterans
- Advise and suggest varies elements, design ideas, and principles
• Guest Presenter Chicago Botanic Garden, Healing Through Nature: Healthcare Gardens for Veterans and Children with Sensory Processing and Spectrum Disorders Seminar July 2012:
- After Facility Care: Transition Home & Necessity of Restorative Gardens for Veterans & Families

Gardener/Landscape Designer, Sweet Pea Gardening & Design Inc.
October, 2012 – Present
• Design residential landscape designs including: planting plans, hard and soft-scapes.
• Complete landscape maintenance requests and needs for residential and businesses clients, including, pruning, mowing, edging, leaf removal, pond cleaning, and plant installation

Intern/Landscape Installer, Second Growth, Inc
August 2012 - October 2012
• Reviewed, interpreted and delineated construction documents for landscape installation including details of rain gardens, irrigation, large rocks (1000+ lbs), trees and other plants for installation at University of Oregon’s Lewis Integrated Science Building
• Research and provided plant substitutions as needed

Volunteer Social Media Organizer/Facilitator for Therapeutic Gardens for Veterans
January 2012 – Present
• Developed, Organized and Facilitator of Facebook Page and LinkedIn Group pertaining to Therapeutic Gardens for Veterans. Goal is to use social media networks to allow those with common interest and passion for therapeutic gardens for veterans a place to share, collaborate, and discuss issues, resources, conversations and network.

Volunteer Researcher, Trauma Healing Project Research Team
May 2011 - Present
• Work closely with fellow researchers in team setting regarding giving a voice to Trauma Survivors including Veterans. Duties include, survey analysis, public presentations and participation in informational/educational meetings about Trauma Survivors including Deep Listening Skills pertaining to Veterans

Office Assistant, Department Of Landscape Arch University of Oregon
Jan. 2011 - March, 2011
• Asset Department Head and Administrative Staff in daily task for filing, organizing, and data entry

Vice-President (Volunteer), University of Oregon Association of Student Landscape Architects (ASLA)
June, 2009 - June, 2010
• Organize and collaborate events such as the annual Pumpkin Carving Contest/Fundraiser, the 17th annual Shadow/Mentor Day, the end of the term board storage and other events
• Act as a link between the professional field and the student body

Colloquium Organizer, University of Oregon Department of Landscape Architecture Spring Colloquium
Jan, 2010 - June, 2010
• Organize student presentations and guest speakers
• Introduce speakers, make phone calls, set up student presentation times, facilitating guest speaker itineraries and presentation times are all a part of the organization process

Parks Specialist (Seasonal), City of Eugene, Parks and Open Spaces Turf and Grounds and Landscape Crew
June, 2007 - Dec, 2007, April, 2008 - June, 2008; Aug, 2008 - Sept. 2008
• Assist the full time crewmembers with maintaining the developed parks’ landscaped areas, turf, irrigation systems, sports fields, create and plant annual and perennial plant designs.
• Examples of duties include: plant installation, weeding, fertilizing, mowing, edging, blowing, fertilizing, aerating, sprinkler adjustments and minor repairs, sports fields’ layout and marking, garbage and litter patrol. Assist with collection of leaves in the fall for use on private and city properties for compositing.
• Equipment used: Toro 4000 mower, Steiner mower (deck or blower attached), and John Deer tractors with attachments: aerators, slicers and fertilizers spreader. Other equipment: edger, backpack blowers, weed eaters, power pruner’s and1-ton left trucks.

Biologist Science Tech. (GS5-Step 2), U.S. Forest Service, Dorena Genetic Resource Center, Umpqua National Forest, Cottage Grove, OR
June, 2006 - May, 2007
• Assistant Nursery Crew Leader, worked as the backup for the nursery crew leader
• Duties include but not limited too: culturing of plants, plant propagation, and related horticultural duties, including application of pesticides when necessary.
• Cone and seed processing and extraction, breeding and seed production; input, summary, and preliminary analysis of data; and direction of occasional student and/or inmate work crews.

Assistant Aquarium Staff, Ocean Blue Aquarium Maintenance Service
Nov, 2004 - April, 2007
• Help setup and maintain salt and fresh water aquariums. The setup consists of installing pumps, filters, aquarium gravel, decorations and other necessary equipment for the aquariums all per the costumer’s satisfactions.
• Maintaining the aquariums is monthly or bi-monthly visits to the aquariums for cleaning, changing of filters and checking on the fish.
• Write up invoices for the maintenances. The invoices consist of fees for the maintenance and the supplies used.

Biologist Science Tech.-Fisheries (GS-5-Step 1) US Forest Service-Pacific Northwest Research Station, Corvallis, OR February, 2005 - September, 2005
• Performed support work in the field of Fisheries Biology
- Methods used included electro-shock sampling, tagging, trapping, and smolt/screw traps
- Assisted in gathering field data for amphibian populations
- Assisted scientist with compiling field and laboratory data for preparation of interim reports
• Conducted library searches for literature on research projects
• Prepared and analyzed biological samples

Biologist Technician (GS-5-Step2), Dorena Genetic Resource Center, Umpqua National Forest, Cottage Grove, OR
January, 2004 - February, 2005
• Inspected, collected and summarized data of various pine species for Blister Rust Disease, fungus growth, and other noticeable infestations in greenhouse, nursery and natural environments.
• Use hand held computers, Husky Fex 21, to input and store data.
• Prepared and created readable charts, document and summaries of the data collected.
• Continuous use of Excel, MS Word, PowerPoint, Lotus Notes, and the Internet.

Wildlife Biologist Intern, Bureau of Land Management and the Chicago Botanic Garden, South Coast Field Office,
Palm Springs, CA
Oct. 2003 - January, 2004
• Monitored wilderness areas and habitats for the Federal and/or State Threaten, Endangered, BLM and/or State Sensitive Species
- Tracked and collected species counts for various wildlife
• Imputed on the Biological Impacts to Peninsular Bighorn Sheep for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Biological Evaluation (BE) on the Trails Management Plan for the Palm Springs area trails
• Prepared Environmental Assessments, Biological Opinions, NEPA, ACEC documents in accordance with the United States Department of Interior-Bureau of Land Management guidelines

Botanist Intern Bureau of Land Management and the Chicago Botanic Garden, Pinedale, WY
June 2003 - October 2003
• Employed various rangeland monitoring methods to assess the health and condition of public ecosystems
- Daubenmire, % composition by cover per transect
- Landscape Appearance Method-Forage utilization
- Dry Weight Rank Method-% Composition by weight
- Line Point Intercept Data Collection-Using Gap, Basal, Cover Methods of Forage
• Relocated/Re-photographed Historic Rangeland Photo points used in assessing long term health and condition of the ecological unit
• Used Trimble Geo3 GPS and Geo XT systems/units to collect data for range conservationists
• Mapped and interpreted data using GPS Pathfinder, Arc Map and Arc View programs
- Exported/collaborated data using Arc Map
- Produced topography maps using Arc Map and collected data

Animal Care Taker University of Illinois
June 2000 – June 2003
• Provided proper nutrition and habitat conditions for various research animals (laboratory rats, mice, frogs, and birds)
• Monitor the health, environmental conditions and administered medications for laboratory animals

Operations Specialist Petty Officer 3rd Class, U.S. Navy, USS Abraham Lincoln CVN-72 Everett, WA
October 1996 - September 1999
• Granted a Secret Clearance from the Department of Defense
• Contributed to the safe navigation of the USS Abraham Lincoln
• Spotted, identified and tracked friend and enemy aircraft, ships and submarines using Global Positioning Systems, charts and graphs
• Assistant for Divisional Training of 100 personnel
• Organized and maintained personnel files for 180 sailors
• Coordinated daily updating and filing of various military reports
• Performed operation, maintenance and cleanliness of the Mk-7 Mod 3 arresting gear (used to land aircraft) and associated equipment.
• Supervised and Trained compliance of Navy Safety Regulations
- Assisted in the supervision and enforcement of safety regulations for a division of 500 personnel