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Josh De Berard

  • Laramie US-WY

Estimator & Project manager

Work History

Feb 2015Present

Estimator & Project Manager

Dirt-Tech Excavation and Trucking

In this position I do all facets of dirt work, excavation and trucking.  I have done estimates and bids using computer modeling programs.  I have done hand take-offs from blueprints to provide estimates for small and large projects.  I have done on the ground work including labor, heavy equipment operation (trackhoe, skidsteer, loader, blade, scraper, farm machinery, ect.) and driving Class A tandems and belly dumps.  I have communication and coordination duties, attend supervisor meetings with job superintendents, engineers and other construction crews on a multitude of jobs.   Including the New Laramie High School in Laramie, WY, the new High Bay engineering building at the University of Wyoming  and a truck maintenance facility being built in Sinclair, WY.  I have assisted in personnel decisions and did anything I could to help the company run smoothly and efficiently.  I am also entrusted as a financial signitory for the company.  I have supervisory duties onsite and the company has had between 10 and 20 employees.

Dec 2005Oct 2014

Habitat and Access Crew Leader

Wyoming Game and Fish Department

In this position I was the crew leader  responsible for the middle part of the Laramie region. Often times I worked individually and at times in groups of up to 8 technicians who were tasked with the management, development, construction and enhancement of  wildlife habitat areas, public fishing areas and hunting access areas. This included the facilities, roads, travel-management plans, grazing contracts, irrigation systems, ponds, fences, and signs. These areas encompass federal, state and private lands. I also assisted on many habitat and development projects.   I was in charge of many private sector contract bids, oversight and inspections. I obtained, delivered and inventoried materials for many habitat projects and maintenance contracts. I was responsible for the oversight of the crew and equipment schedules.  This included completing monthly reports, itineraries, project reports and project cost analyses. I was responsible for submitting bills and tracking the budget for the Laramie region. I strived to cooperate, communicate and coordinate with all divisions, state and federal agencies regarding assigned projects and responsibilities to ensure wildlife and habitat concerns were addressed.   In this position I  gained a good working knowledge of department policies, procedures, rules and regulations. I developed spreadsheets and report templates that we utilized branch wide.  I have a good understanding of construction and habitat development design techniques and procedures. I am proficient in equipment operation and maintenance and have attended many trainings. I have a broad knowledge of wildlife, fisheries and wildlife/fisheries habitat requirements.

Mar 2005Dec 2005

Habitat and Access Crew Leader

Wyoming Game and Fish Department

While in this position I learned the human, habitat and political dynamics of working within the region. I gained insight providing me to be a more effective employee by internally emphasizing cooperation, coordination and communication efforts. I was involved in all of the day to day activities in the region, in absence of a supervisor. I learned to do the regional budget, work plan, reports, project requests, bids and contracts. I was also involved with many new types of habitat projects and enhancements. The big projects I was involved with were burning and seeding of 320 acres of dense nesting cover and dike maintenance at Springer andTable Mountain. I learned what it takes to maintain and enhance the Casper regions facilities, roads, irrigation, wetlands, fences, signs, access areas and habitat projects. I also learned how much planning, cooperation, coordination and communication it takes to be effective with landowners, inter-agency and intra-agency.

Apr 2004Mar 2005

Habitat and Access Technician

Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Working with a team of professionals I have helped complete many projects and tasks associated with the development and maintenance of department managed lands. These included maintenance, repair and stabilization of irrigation and transportation systems and development of better wildlife migration corridor systems, water collection systems and wildlife habitat development. I maintained and operated a front-end loader, backhoe and dump trucks in order to help complete these tasks. While in this position I continually improved my communication and coordination skills. I gained knowledge of Department policies, procedures and protocols. I learned much about reports that are written for the branch and those that are being prepared for the department and general public. I understand how important efficient teamwork and coming together with the strengths of your co-workers and peers to complete necessary tasks and projects is essential to meeting crew, branch and departmental goals.

Jul 2003Jul 2004

Fish Culture Technician

Wyoming Game and Fish Department

I was involved with the day-to-day functions of the fish culture facility, facility maintenance and fish care, including care for eggs, production fish and the brood stock. This job consisted of all facets of fish culture, mainly trout. I raised trout from eyed eggs to stockable size (4/lb.). I have stocked fish, maintained the facility and innovated new ideas for the efficiency of culture operations. I was involved in spawning operations, treated fish with both formalin and salt baths. I performed a variety of fish culture practices like sampling, calculating feed tables, doing reports and thinning fish into more raceways. I also was involved with stocking from the station and was often left alone on the station for days and weeks at a time. Day-to-day functions included cleaning raceways, spawning, loading fish onto trucks and stocking. Other functions were keeping inventories and taking samples, calculating flows and other water parameters, for example dissolved oxygen readings, using the Winkler titration. The most important duty was the continuous observation of the fish for abnormalities in appearance and behavior. I also learned that good communication skills are essential among co-workers at a hatchery and in any job.

Sep 2001Dec 2001

Spawning Crew - contract biologist

Wyoming Game and Fish Department

I worked on a variety of trout and salmon spawning operations in Wyoming. In this 4 month period I assisted spawning operations at many locations in adverse weather. The types of fish spawned were Brook, Rainbow and Brown trout, and Kokanee salmon. When we were not in the field we assisted other culture stations that were short-handed and spent a lot of time mending nets. I learned numerous fish capture methods from seining to trap nets. I gained experience driving a trailer and boating in adverse weather with occasional below zero's and water temperatures in the mid-30's. In this position I safely operated and maintained multiple boats.

May 2001Sep 2001

Reservoir Research - Contract Biologist

Wyoming Game and Fish Department

In this job I obtained a variety of experience in lake sampling methods. We did a lot of gill netting and hydro acoustic sampling simultaneously. Most of the time I drove the boat slowly along transects. This was a very neat experience because I got to work with unique technology in the fisheries field. My secondary duties included reservoir netting surveys, equipment maintenance and assisting various fisheries management crews in Wyoming. I also used Garmin GPS units very frequently.

Mar 2001Jul 2003

Assistant Manager

Cavalryman Supper Club

I started as a bartender but worked my way up to assistant manager for 2 nights a week. I learned supervisory skills and had a great staff to work with. I obtained experience in team leadership, conflict resolution, interpersonal relationships with employees and customers.  I also gained supervisory skills in inventory management, documentation and employee training.  I did the books and deposits every night when I worked.  Some nights it could be near $5,000 in cash to be counted and deposited.

May 2000Sep 2000

Laramie Fisheries Management - Contract Biologist

Wyoming Game and Fish Department

I worked as a seasonal employee for the fisheries management crew in Laramie assisting crew members with fisherman creel surveys; stream and lake surveys using trap and gill nets; assisted stocking trout and walleye fingerlings in ponds and lakes and helped conduct a large-scale study on the North Platte River. This study consisted of creel surveys, camera counts and electro-fishing mark and recapture surveys. I also assisted with Game and Fish check stations and routine maintenance. In this position I utilized and maintained boats, vehicles, carpentry tools and pressure washers.

May 1997May 2000

Laborer and Operator

Domino Construction

I gained experience in heavy equipment operation and maintenance. I operated all kinds of equipment for commercial and residential excavation, dirt and pipeline work. I operated many types of large heavy equipment and small equipment.


Sep 1997May 2003

Bachelors - Science

University of Wyoming

Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Management - Aquatic Option


Leann Naughton - Fellow board member - Laramie Amateur Hockey Club

I have worked with Leann on development of LAHC as a club and on development of the Bantams team for the past 8 seasons.

Phone (307) 761-1240

Amy Adams - Habitat & Access Supervisor Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Amy was the supervisor when I worked on the Statewide Habitat Development crew in 2004 - 2005.  We worked on many other projects from 2005-2012.

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Marion Griffin - Owner Domino Construction

I have worked for Marion for over 10 years.  She has owned a multitude of businesses in Laramie, WY and still is the owner of Domino Construction.

Phone: (307) 760-5937

Professional Training

  • Aquatic Habitat Restoration and Enhancement BLM training
  • Fish Passage Workshop
  • Wetland training
  • Culverts training
  • ATV & 4x4 training
  • WyDOT Heavy Equipment training
  • WyDOT dumptruck training
  • One call training
  • OSHA 10 hour training
  • NOLS wilderness 1st aid
  • Red Cross 1st aid & CPR


  • Fishing & Hunting
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
  • Volunteerism
  • Youth Mentoring
  • Coaching youth hockey
  • Playing Coed Broomball


  • Team Leadership ability
  • Leadership principles
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Continually learning & Striving to Innovate.
  • Creative with solutions in mind
  • Visionary - work with the end product in mind
  • Approach work with an entrepreneur type mentality
  • Knowledge of Construction and Engineering Principles
  • Contract oversight
  • Class A Commercial Drivers License
  • Enjoy coaching and teaching
  • Ability to adapt and work productively with anyone, on anything
  • Approach Life with a Great Atttitude and an Open Mind
  • Trustworthy/Morally strong
  • Good sense of humor
  • Lucky

Leadership Training

  • Communications Workshop
  • Managment Skills Workshop
  • Franklin Covey - 7 habits
  • Good to Great (MAT - Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies)
  • Visionary Leadership (MAT)
  • Power Principle (MAT)
  • Wyoming Introductory Supervisor Training (WISE)
  • Secrets of Agency Assessment - (MAT)
  • The Speed of Trust class