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Lorrien E. Mac Auley, M.S.

Working for sustainable, just agricultural futures.

Work experience

Skills Instructor

Wilderness Survival/Primitive Living Skills
Instructor Camp, WA., Mar 2005-Nov 2005, Mar 2006-Sep 2006 Taught wilderness survival skills and primitive living skills to groups of adults and youth, during overnight, usually week-long outdoor excursions into the wilderness. Lessons often included agricultural activities. Created budget, schedule, timeline, promotions, and purchased supplies for week-long educational programs. Led programs, and was responsible for health and safety of groups while in the field.
Dec 2011Present

Graduate Research Assistant

Virginia Tech, Agricultural and Extension Education
Graduate Research Assistant Assist with the Mapping Sustainable Farms Systems Project, which seeks to illuminate the flow of resources utilized by sustainable farmers with the overarching goal of helping the public, private, and nonprofit sector better meet their needs, and to reduce barriers to entering sustainable farming.
Jun 2010Aug 2011

Green Education Coordinator

Southern Appalachian Labor School
Green Education Coordinator WV. Coordinated the Growing Together Garden Education Program, including fundraising and development, outreach and promotional efforts, media relations, volunteer recruitment and management, receiving and incorporating collaborative input from the community, and overseeing technical aspects of the garden program. Implemented the program as planned in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Successfully raised over $35,000 in cash awards for the program through grantwriting, fundraising, and proposals to local, national, and international organizations. Raised over $50,000 in in-kind donations. Facilitatedtheselection of four new garden sites. Oversaw and facilitated the conversion of public land to garden space. Purchased supplies; managed budget, performed record keeping and reporting for the garden program. Developed and maintained partnerships, including effective partnerships with local municipalities, the Extension Service, local health organizations, the Master Gardeners, and the Farmers Market Association. Coordinated workshops and other educational programming at three garden locations, on topics of health and nutrition, food security, and farming entrepreneurship. Worked with volunteers, staff, and youth to grow organic vegetables for sale at farmers market. Organized youth to sell vegetables at the farmers market.
Mar 2009Mar 2010

Education Coordinator

AmeriCorps VISTA

Education Coordinator New River Gorge National River, WV. Conceived and developed the Growing Together Garden Education Program, which involved fundraising, developing partnerships, outreach and promotional efforts, volunteer recruitment and management, and planning technical aspects of the garden program for the 2010 season. Developed objectives, timeline, budget, risk management plan, and implementation strategy Rangers-in- Training Program. Served as central coordinator for the program. Promoted program and recruited participants. Successfully executed program as planned. Planned and led events and naturalist education programs for the public. Partnered with schools, clubs, health organizations, and other groups in order to promote programs. Played central roleinworking with partners to plan, promote, install, and maintain the Mount Hope Community Center Community Garden in. Coordinated Fayette County's Local Food Forum in, and the High Tunnel installation at February 2010.

Dec 2007Dec 2008

Youth Program Coordinator

Youth Program Coordinator Project Discovery Afterschool Program, City of Alexandria, VA. Created the Discovery Garden Program, an afterschool weekly garden program in which at-risk youth tended a large garden adjoining T.C. Williams high school. This involved fundraising, developing partnerships, promotional efforts, volunteer recruitment and management, student recruitment and management, and planning for the technical aspects of program, including budgeting and purchasing. Generated funding for the Discovery Garden Program and the Project Discovery organization, a public- nonprofit partnership, through fundraiser events and submitting proposals to local organizations. Collaborated closely with Chinquapin Community Garden Association in order to coordinate fundraising efforts and provide educational workshops to the public through our youth volunteer garden program. Selected the site and led volunteers in converting a public lawn into a large educational garden. Coordinated technical aspects of a variety of events, including special days of service, team-building social gatherings, and two festivals. Developed contacts within the education and nonprofit community and arranged for organizations and individuals to provide programming for the clients, including career days, health education days, and college recruiter visits.
Jun 2007Aug 2007

Research Assistant

Fundacion de el Espiritu del Bosque
Research Assistant del Used radio telemetric equipment totrack and record movements of radio-collared bears on rugged trails through the Andean wilderness of Ecuador. Toured numerous local farms. Participated in animal processing workshops. Worked local corn harvest.
Sep 2006Jun 2007

Afterschool Program Instructor

People Animals Love P.A. L
Afterschool Program Instructor. Designed and led educational afterschool programs for at-risk youth at a DC housing project, centered around caring for animals, in order to lower the risk of violent behavior. Developed curriculum and curriculum aids for educational programs.
May 1999Sep 1999

Research Assistant

University of California Riverside, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory
Research Assistant Crested Butte, CO.. Worked with graduate student Anne Gearhart to select and set up study plots to observe and evaluate effects of invasive species on plant-pollinator interactions of native species. Independently hiked to sites to observe and record plant-pollinator interactions each day. Entered data.

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Aug 2014May 2017

PhD in Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education

Virginia Tech

Relevant Coursework includes:

Advanced International Development Planning and Policy
Nonprofit Leadership and Governance
Evaluation of Extension and Outreach Programs
Instructional Methods in Higher Education
Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Methodology

Aug 2012Aug 2014

Master's of Agricultural and Extension Education

Virginia Tech

GPA: 3.9

Relevant Coursework includes:

Advanced Community Education and Development
Sociocultural Learning and Instruction
Theory and Practice of Community-based Research
Methods of Planning Education Programs in Agriculture
Advanced Concept in Community Food Systems
Partnerships and Volunteerism
Health Education Promotion Planning
Community Nutrition
Theory of Nonformal Learning
Education Programs in Agriculture
Food and Agricultural Policy
Research Ethics and Professional Communications in the Sciences
Statistics in Research I & II
Sociological Research Methods
Metabolic Nutrition
Landscape Ecology

Sep 1999Aug 2003

B.S. Biological Sciences

Longwood University

GPA: 3.6

Relevant Coursework includes:

Ecological Sciences I & II
Organic Chemistry I & II
Field Botany
Field Ornithology
Field Entomology
Women’s Studies
University German I & II

Samples of Lorien's Work


Apr 2004Present

Naturalist Instructor

Wilderness Outdoor Learning Fund Naturalist Instructor Training Program
Jan 2008Present

Outstanding Gardens Award

Chinquapin Community Garden
Jan 2011Present

Harry S. Chapin Self-Reliance Award
Jan 2010Jan 2015

Certified Master Gardener

WVU Extension Service
Apr 2004Apr 2007

Wilderness First Responder

Wilderness Outdoor Learning Fund

Media Coverage of Projects

My efforts have been featured in a variety of media. Below are a few samples of the media coverage of projects I have been involved with: