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Dana Turner

Pronouns:

She/Her/Hers

Availability:

Available

Full-time

Position Type:

Vancouver

Canada

Years in the field:

11 – 15 Years

Areas of Expertise

Administrative Support, Camp Programs, Curatorial/Collections, Distance/Digital Learning, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion + Access, Docent Programs, Education, Events, Exhibits development, Explainer/guide, Guest/Visitor Services, Intern Programs, Operations, Outreach and Public Engagement, Project Management, Professional Development, Research & Evaluation, Volunteer Programs, Youth/Teen Programs

I am an experienced conservationist with a well-rounded background and expertise in aquatic biology, conservation management, environmental education and community engagement.

A life-time love of nature, and the ocean in particular, guided me to pursuing studies and a career in the fields of biology, marine science, and conservation.

Motivated by helping to facilitate the process of life-long learning, promote science literacy, advocate for environmental and socio-economic justice, create civically engaged citizens and stewards, and make a difference to community well-being, I ultimately found myself drawn to science communication and environmental education and have an especial interest in enhancing the connection between people and our natural world through experiential education and learning.

I have over 15 years of continuous experience teaching, designing, developing and coordinating educational content as well as in managing learning spaces in the informal education sector and a demonstrated history of working with a variety of organizations– not-for profit, government and higher education.

I am grateful to be able to live, work, and play on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples and am inspired to help people build a stronger sense of connection to the traditional territory that they live on as well as recognize the value of community and reciprocity.

Specialties: informal education, experiential education, environmental education, science communication, program development, program coordination, program delivery, learning spaces: planning, design, and management, lab management, lab coordination, project coordination, event coordination, community outreach, public engagement, public speaking, critical thinking, mentoring and coaching, volunteers: training, management, and engagement, marine biology, marine conservation, exhibits: planning, design, and curation, animal husbandry, animal welfare