Hi there! My name is Alma Roberts and I moved to London, UK at the end of October. I would like to start expanding my network here, in hopes of finding a job in animal welfare or environmental conservation.
I owe the discovery of my passion and my first-hand experience with animals to my weekly volunteering at a local animal shelter in Pittsburgh, PA. It was through this experience that I decided to transition into a career path where I could help animals in need. I am equally passionate about protecting the environment where animals live, and aim to help out on a local, national and international level.
I was born and raised in Mexico, and earned a B.A. in Tourism before moving to Pittsburgh and becoming a U.S. Citizen. I speak fluent Spanish, English and French. While in Pittsburgh, I worked for both the non-profit and government sectors, using my event planning skills and working for the community. I also got involved in volunteer recruitment and management as a coordinator for the City of Pittsburgh's Special Events office. Whenever the chance arose, I developed my skill set in marketing material design, customer service, fundraising, community outreach and program management.
The next stage in my career was a year in Los Angeles. I worked for a non-profit environmental organization called Heal the Bay, where I developed extensive experience in environmental issues, community education and outreach, policy work, and grant research. I also practiced and received training in Marine Mammal Rescue and Rehabilitation, while working to rehabilitate 6 baby elephant seals with a non-profit called the California Wildlife Center.
In my free time, I like to help out with animal shelter activities such as adoption counseling, fostering sick and behavioral animals, animal socializing, and animal adoption/promotion through PetFinder. I also like to be involved in educational campaigns through social media.
My ultimate goal is to continue to transition from my event planning background into the animal welfare or conservation fields, and develop a successful career path there. I am passionate and a quick learner, and I am looking forward to joining these fields in the UK!
Here are some photos from the release of four seals that I helped rehabilitate.