Alison Willets

Land Planner and GIS Technician: looking for my next job



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 Profile:      Bright, detail oriented small business owner and project manager with six years highly successful NEPA environmental planning and ten years public development and open space planning experience, GIS technician certification, June 2010.


  • Technical writing; assimilating diverse and complex information into concise, clear and complete documentation in compliance with regulations
  • Independent worker, highly motivated, excellent communicator and skilled team player
  • Project management: manage multiple projects, scope work, time estimates, write contracts and proposals, supervise subcontractors and staff, communicate with clients
  • Client relationship skills: define project issues and desired outcomes, brainstorm new ideas, evaluate options, anticipate benefits and challenges in designs, achieve consensus in selecting solutions, clearly capture process for presentation to clients and public
  • Technical analysis and writing: NEPA environmental documents, public agency consultation requests, public sector planning staff reports, combined NEPA/CEQA documents
  • Spatial relationships and large-scale visual landscapes: Area of Potential Effect designations, Section 106 Historic Analysis and SHPO Consultations
  • Open Space and trail planning, grant administration (grantor and grantee), R.O.W. and design
  • GIS cartography and analysis: ESRI ArcGIS Desktop, Geodatabase, 3-D and Spatial Analyst, GPS including Trimble Pathfinder Office, Terrasync and Trimble Planning, GPS Analyst and GPS Correct, DNR Garmin; Remote Sensing including ENVI, MultiSpec, ERDAS Image Analyst Extension, Census
  • Development Permitting: analyzing, planning and zoning codes and grant requirements


  • Consistently prepared NEPA Environmental Assessments, Statutory Worksheets, and Categorical Exclusions to exacting HUD specifications on budget and on time
  • Built AEM Consulting into a larger, more profitable partnership over 6 years, supervising contractors and expanding client base beyond previous area to increase net by 75% in 2009
  • Reviewed architectural, landscape, grading, and site plans in fine detail, under extreme time pressure, and provided clear written analysis of compliance with land use codes and laws
  • Cooperated with Town planning staff to rewrite existing NEPA document format to include CEQA elements, saving nonprofit client from time and expense of two separate documents
  • Reformatted documentation used to consult with SHPO to improve Section 106 review

 Employment History:

2003-2010           Principal Planner, Partner    AEM Consulting, Santa Rosa, CA

2002-2003           Landscape Design           Geared for Growing, Healdsburg, CA 

                                                                      Gene Kunit & Assoc., Sebastopol, CA 

                                                                      Quadriga, Santa Rosa, CA

1995-2001      Development Permit           City of Steamboat Springs, CO

                         Review Planner                    Routt County, Steamboat Springs, CO 

                                                                     New Castle County, Wilmington, DE 

1991-1995           Open Space Planner   Madden and Kummer, West Chester, PA 

                                                                 Chester County, West Chester, PA 


Education and Recent Training:

 Cert. GIS Technician:       GIC, Chico State University, Chico, CA; June, 2010

 Certificate in GIS:  San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA; April 2009

 B.S. with Honors:     Environmental Planning and Design, Landscape Architecture

                                  Focus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Undergraduate:      Economics, U.C. Davis, Davis, CA

                               Economics and Recreation Studies, San Diego State Univ.

                               Sculpture, Art History, Santa Rosa Jr. College, Santa Rosa, CA

 2007   California Streams Seminar, Ca. Water Board Academy, Sacramento, CA

 2003-9        NEPA Annual Update Training, HUD, San Francisco, CA

 2004           Successful CEQA Compliance, U.C. Davis Extension, Davis, CA

 2003           Section 106: An Introduction, National Preservation Institute, San Francisco, CA

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