Maritza Mendoza

  • Connecting communities with science & the environment
  • Chapel Hill, NC, 27514, US
  • Jan 19, 2021
Full time role, Part time role, Contract position, Paid fellowship

Personal Summary

As a first generation Mexican American raised in the Piedmont region of NC, I want to change the mainstream environmental narrative to include the intersections that affect peoples’ lived experiences within our environment and ensure those diverse perspectives are captured in environmental policies and actions. My experience in academia and the habitat restoration field emphasized the lack of investment in creating avenues for people of color to navigate and succeed in these spaces and share their wisdom with the larger community. I am eager to continue creating avenues for people of color to not only explore careers in the environmental field but also create the solutions needed to address our socio-environmental crises.

Work Experience

members to lead environmental stewardship projects
Jan 2019 - Aug 2020 City of Seattle Parks and Recreation Department

at 10 different parks throughout Seattle ($200,000)
● Trained and supported a team of 5 AmeriCorps members to lead environmental stewardship projects
● Initiated and re-negotiated contract terms with the City of Seattle to secure funding for our school
partnerships and to center, collaborate with and amplify the efforts of People of Color (POC)-led
community groups
● Connected with and built partnerships with community members, schools, teachers, students, federal
agencies, cities and other environmental organizations in the region
● Co-developed a plan that re-imagined our school partnerships with an equity lens to ensure our
programs could meet the needs and goals of teachers and schools, specifically under-resourced schools
● Contributed to implementation of Park's strategic plan to increase public and youth engagement from underserved communities in Seattle
● Co-created a POC Resource Group that led to changes in program, curriculum and workplace culture to better meet the needs of our members of color

VOLUNTEER
Apr 2019 - Dec 2019 VERTICAL GENERATION

2.5 HRS/WK
● Rock climbing mentor in after-school program that provides regular climbing experiences for Immigrant
and Refugee youth
● Taught English, math and other school subjects as needed
● Mentored youth in climbing by teaching techniques and playing team-building games

VOLUNTEER SPECIALIST SEATTLE, WA
Jan 2018 - Dec 2018 EARTHCORPS AMERICORPS PROGRAM

45 HRS/WK
● Planned, implemented and managed environmental stewardship projects engaging community members
in weed removal, tree planting, plant education and other stewardship activities
● Led community groups of various sizes (less than 10 to greater than 100 volunteers at a time)1-4 times
per week around the Seattle region
● Created and maintained relationships with community members youth, teachers, faith organizations,
corporate employees
● Organized and led EarthCorps' first environmental stewardship project opportunity in Spanish
● Researched and developed ways to connect with POC- led community groups in the Seattle region

GUEST INSTRUCTOR NORTH CASCADES, WASHINGTON
Jul 2018 - Jul 2018 GIRLS ON ICE CASCADES

JULY 2019
● In 2019, I taught a two-part lesson on sub-alpine and alpine forest ecology in a summer program for
young women to learn about science and art through wilderness exploration
● In 2018, participated as a "Gear Fairy" to assist the team of young women in bringing gear down from the Cascade mountains at the end of their program

GRADUATE RESEARCH & TEACHING ASSISTANT OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
Sep 2014 - Aug 2016

Collected data, using sediment cores, on benthic communities at various distances from underwater
artificial structures in Yaquina Bay, off the coast of Newport, OR
● Recruited, communicated with and managed field work volunteers
● Characterized biofouling communities from offshore anchors and buoys using photo-quadrats
● Used collected data to further understand the consequences of placing marine renewable energy devices,
specifically their anchors, in Oregon waters

STUDENT RESEARCHER UNC-CHAPEL HILL
Jun 2013 - May 2014 MCNAIR RESEARCH PROGRAM

Designed a video study to understand the roles of individual herbivores and comprehend the
redundancy or complementarity they play in controlling macroalgae in the Plata Island ecosystem in Ecuador
● Developed a literature review on herbivory in coral reefs, ecosystem based management, and coral reef
restoration

Education

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE - ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
- Jan 2014 UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL
MASTER OF SCIENCE - MARINE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
- Jan 2016 OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY, CORVALLIS, OR, COLLEGE OF EARTH, OCEAN AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES

Software Languages & Skills

MATLAB, SQL, R, Excel

Experience Level

7-14 years

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