Position Wanted

ddesmond at UNITY.NCSU.EDU ddesmond at UNITY.NCSU.EDU
Tue Mar 1 18:33:15 EST 1994


Greetings. I am currently seeking employment in a developing
country in the field of agriculture/natural resource conservation
and community development. I possess 7 years experience in Latin
America with skills in research, training, extension, project
management, and administration, plus expertise in forest/fruit tree
nurseries, forest plantations, agroforestry, soil conservation,
organic agriculture, and beekeeping. I have recently completed a
M.S. degree in forestry from North Carolina State university with
a minaor in soils and emphasis also in tree improvement. Further
information on my qualifications can be found in the attached
resume. A more detailed C.V. is available upon request. 

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Dennis F. Desmond

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                        DENNIS F. DESMOND
Current Address                              Permanent Address

P.O. Box 33134                               14123 St. James Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27636                           Cleveland, OH  44135
Tel: 919-851-4389                            Tel: 216-671-5963
FAX: 919-515-7231
E-mail: ddesmond at unity.ncsu.edu

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1983-85   Forestry Technical Advisor, U.S. Peace Corps/CARE
          Community Forestry Systems project, Saraguro, Ecuador
          * Trained and supervised nursery and extension personnel.
          * Established and managed two nurseries producing 400,000
            trees for outplanting in first two years of project.
          * Planned and coordinated promotion, training, and
            extension activities in 29 indigenous communities.
          * Supervised plantation establishment resulting in an 87%
            survival rate.
          * Wrote field manuals in Spanish on permanent timber
            inventory plots and Christmas tree production.

1985-87   Forestry Project Coordinator, CARE Intl., Cuenca, Ecuador
          * Provided technical and programming guidance of project
            activities, including: forest/fruit tree nurseries;
            communal forest plantations; agroforestry and soil
            conservation practices; training and extension; field
            research; office and financial administration.
          * Coordinated and supervised 32 project personnel
            including CARE supervisors, Peace Corps volunteers,
            nursery workers, and extensionists.
          * Prepared annual implementation plans and budgets,
            trimestral reports, and vehicle status reports, as well
            as controlled and accounted for project expenditures.
          * Conducted survey and wrote report of farmers' uses and
            preferences for woody species to aid project expansion
            into agroforestry and fruit tree promotion. 

1988-90   Agroforestry Extensionist, U.S. Peace Corps/Ministry of
          Agriculture, Nab"n, Ecuador.
          * Promoted adoption of agroforestry and soil conservation
            practices in five indigenous communities through
            participatory methods of training and extension.
          * Reactivated a high school nursery, including construc-
            tion of a greenhouse, design of a control and reporting
            system, and training of students in nursery operations.
          * Generated research funds and guided the establishment
            and maintenance of a series of pine plantation
            fertilization trials in three communities.
          * Served on the board of directors of an environmental
            group, Tierra Viva. Pushed for greater protection
            of the Cajas National Recreation Area. Performed an
            evaluation of the group's Organic Agriculture Project.

1990-92   Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Forestry,
          North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. (see below)
          * Conducted experiments in the laboratory and greenhouse.
          * Collected, analyzed, and interpreted soil and plant
            data.
          * Summarized data in tables and graphs and wrote report.

1991-92   Volunteer Chairman, Raleigh Chapter of the International
          Society of Tropical Foresters, North Carolina.
          * Coordinated monthly chapter meetings and speakers.
          * Generated $3,800 in subsidies from 3 funding sources
            enabling participation of 11 students in the College's
            first international forestry field trip to Costa Rica.

1993      Consultant, Rainforest Alliance, Honduras, 4/19 to 5/6.
          * Evaluated environmental impacts of current and proposed
            activities of a major furniture manufacturer.
          * Performed annual audit of 3 members of RA's Smart Wood
            tropical timber certification program

          Consultant, CARE-Dominicana, Dom. Republic, 6/7 to 6/28.
          * Developed concept paper for suggested CARE project
            in agriculture and natural resources sector.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

     Master of Science, Forestry, 1993
     NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY, Raleigh, North Carolina
     Concentrated coursework in soils and tree improvement.
     Awarded NCSU Alumni Association Graduate Fellowship Supplement
     1990. Grade Point Average 4.0/4.0.

     Peace Corps Pre-Service Training, 7/83 - 9/83
     ASDELA Training Center, Quito, Ecuador. Intensive preparation
     in Spanish, informal education techniques, cross-cultural and
     technical forestry skills.

     Bachelor of Science, Natural Resources, 1982
     THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, Columbus, Ohio. Major in Forest
     Resource Management. Member, Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society.
     
LANGUAGES
     * Spanish: Read, write, and speak fluently.
     * Portuguese: Reading--good; writing and speaking--fair.

REFERENCES

Frank Sullivan
CARE Director
Apartado 1411
Santo Domingo
Dominican Republic
Tel: 809-542-2148

Dr. Charles B. Davey
Professor Emeritus
Box 8008, NCSU
Raleigh, NC 27695
Tel: 919-515-7787

Dr. Jan Laarman
Prof. of Forestry
Box 8008, NCSU
Raleigh, NC 27695
Tel: 919-515-7784



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