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Marissa Smirl

107 Glenlawn Ave, Winnipeg, MB, R2M 0X9


mjmsmirl@gmail.com 204-952-8344

HIGHLIGHTS OF QUALIFICATIONS
• Performs excellent scientific data collection while drawing from techniques taught in
university labs.
• Understands specific water sampling techniques required for aquatic ecosystems.
• Writes concise reports in English and French that include all necessary information.
• Works well in a team and individually, to complete tasks correctly.

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Environmental Science (Coop), University of Manitoba 2016 - Present
Area of Specialization: Water Resources

Relevant Courses
Principles of Ecology Limnology
Aquatic Botany Basic Statistical Analysis
Physical Chemistry Biological Diversity, Function and Interactions
Environmental Science Concepts & Issues Environmental Problem Solving and Scientific
Introductory Toxicology Thinking

RELATED SKILLS
Environmental Monitoring
• Collected water samples of frozen and open waters on the Assiniboine and Souris Rivers
and the western tributaries of the Red River while working with the Water Stewardship of
Manitoba and Turtle Mountain Conservation District and the Lake Winnipeg Foundation.
• Gathered water samples at the FortWhyte Alive lakes for Aquatic Botany to test for
conductivity, PAR, Secchi disk depth, oxygen saturation, nitrogen and phosphorus
concentration and chlorophyll concentration.
• Performed culvert inventory for Turtle Mountain Conservation District to collect the
position, altitude, size and condition of the culverts in the district, using GPS survey
equipment.
• Performed experiments using various procedures, including titrations, flame tests, vacuum
filtration, spectrometry, calorimetry, pH meter and digital pipettes, and computational
chemistry for the labs of Structure and Modelling in Chemistry, An Introduction to Physical
Chemistry and Aquatic Botany.

Environmental Reporting and Analysis


• Analysed data from lab exercises in Principles of Ecology and Limnology to determine
patterns and associate them with theories and hypotheses learned in the lecture.
• Input data from lab exercises into Excel tables and figures, as well as used program
formulas and input formulas to calculate values for university courses.
• Wrote lab reports in Microsoft Word that included an introduction, results, discussion,
tables, figures and references for Limnology, Aquatic Botany and Principles of Ecology.
• Transferred data from a physical filing system to an online filing system while working for
Turtle Mountain Conservation District.

Communication and Public Relations


• Engaged with South-Western Manitoba residents while distributing salinity seed for Turtle
Mountain Conservation District.
• Prepared and presented a speech at the annual University of Manitoba 4-H Leaders Club
communication night, in March 2017.
• Learned basic outdoor survival skills while working as a counselor at Camp Wannakumbac.
• Gained advanced French speaking, reading and writing skills while completing a French
Immersion High School diploma at Collège Jeanne-Sauvé.
• Delivered professional and courteous customer service while working in a team at Kernels
Popcorn St. Vital starting in September 2015.
• Created and executed three environment themed sessions for youth with a focus on
endangered species at a United Church youth retreat.

EMPLOYMENT AND VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

Community-Based Lake Winnipeg Winnipeg, MB January 2019 -


Monitoring Co-op Student Foundation Present
Resource Technician Turtle Mountain Deloraine, MB May, 2018 - Aug,
Assistant Conservation District 2018
Sales Associate Kernels Popcorn St. Winnipeg, MB Sept, 2015 -
Vital Present
Summer Program United Church of Owen Sound, ON May, 2017 – July,
Coordinator Canada 2017
Green Team Summer Harrow United Church Winnipeg, MB July, 2016 – Aug,
Student 2016
Youth Programming St. Mary’s Road Winnipeg, MB Sept, 2015 –
Volunteer Coordinator United Church June, 2016

Volunteer
Youth Retreat Program Conference of Manitoba and Sept, 2014 –
Coordinator and Committee Manitoba and Northwestern Present
Member Northwestern Ontario Ontario
Elected Member of St. Mary’s Road Winnipeg, MB Feb, 2015 -
Leadership Team United Church Present
Counselor-In-Training Camp Wannakumbac Riding Mountain July, 2014 & 2015
National Park
CERTIFICATIONS
Valid Class 5 Manitoba Driver’s Licence
Pleasure Craft Operators Card
WHMIS Certification
St. John Ambulance Standard First Aid with CPR and AED Certification