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Work experience

Dec 2009Present


Shelton & Shelton Sustainable Solutions

  • Construction
  •     Remodeling
  •     New Development   
  •  Maintenance
  •      Snow removal
  •      Painting       
  • Dirt work
  •     Can operate
  •        Dump truck
  •        Backhoe
  •        Skidster
  • Billing 
  • Profit and Loss Statements


A.C.E Distributing Inc

*  Monthly invoicing and settlement for 200+ vendors

*  Weekly reports for corporate accounts

*  Weekly debt/profit statements

*  Fleet maintenance schedule

*  Facilitate and implement new procedures to contracted individuals

*  Communicate new product lines and operating procedures to vendors and contracted distributors

*  Reconcile and report all monthly debts

*  Responsible for all cash and deposits

*  Bi-weekly compensation for contracted individuals

Programs used:

*  Word

*  Peachtree

*  Quick books

*  Excel


Interpretive Guide/Education/Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association


  • Creation/facilitation of educational programs for children and adults
  • Provide education and safety for all visitors
  • Design appropriate and informative signage
  • Record and report visitor/program counts
  • Training of volunteers regarding area information and safety procedures
  • Development of major project days involving 300+ participants
  • Coordination and training of team leaders
  • Creation of volunteer appreciation days and awards
  • Development and liaison for the "User Coalition"
  • Fiscal responsibility for all personal programs and projects
  • Provide counsel and education for youth groups
  • Public speaking engagements
  • Create and provide educational booths at community fairs and events
  • Compile a bi-weekly log of assigned work dedication and billing
  • Construction/maintenance of trails 
  • Restoration of damaged areas
  • Responding to public demands and inquires
  • Submit monthly articles to various publications


  • National Association for Interpretation
  • Interpretive Writing
  • Leave No Trace Master
  • Various BLM sanctioned workshops                                                                                  


  • 2003 United States Department of Interior's Excellence in Interpretation/Environmental Education
  • 1999 Las Vegas District BLM Volunteer of the Year 


Sep 2010Present

SocioCultural Philosophies of Sustainability with a Sustainable Agriculture Minor

Fort Lewis College

Currently on the Dean's list

Oct 2009Dec 2010


Pagosa Springs Parks and Recreation

School conflicted with meeting times and I had to resign.


Canyon Keepers

I created Canyon Keepers through the BLM in 1997.  It was a voluteer based group with the mission of "we're working together today to preserve tomorrow". The mission statement was adopted by the Friends of Red Rock

Feb 2008May 2008


City of Henderson UPRR Trail Corridor Citizen Advisory Board

I was invited to sit on a committee to discuss ways to incorporate an abandoned railway corridor into a connective trailway which would be viable for several types of recreation while providing and promoting education...preserving the character of each neighborhood.


Core Committee

Mission/Paradise Hills Rural Alliance (MPRA)

The MPRA is a citizens group sanctioned by the City of Henderson to be the voice for the residents of Mission and Paradise Hills.  MPRA protected a unique section of Henderson which is a rural overlay within the city limits.  Our mission was to communicate with the City to preserve/protect the rural livestyle within a booming city.


Red Rock Canyon Users Coalition

I developed a core of diverse recreational groups to discuss their recreational needs while educating each other of their needs for their specific recreational passion.  This created an understanding and buffered the tensions between groups.


While working on my degree, I was offered full time employment with the BLM through the Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association


Creation and  facilitation of short classes, workshops, weekend seminars, or extended sessions.
Public Speaking
Proficent in speaking engagements and demonstrative/educational programs targeting specific groups or general public.
Computer programs
* MS Word * MS Word Perfect * MS Works * MS Power Point   These programs I have not used extensively for the last 3 years. * Lotus * Peachtree * Quick Books * Excel   I designed and maintained my own web in  2007 throughout 2010


Beth LaShell

I attended Beth's "Field experiences in Agriculture" at the Old Fort Farm/Ranch two semesters last summer and have taken both Ag Marketing and Ag 101 with her.

Mike Nolan

Mike was a guest professor for the summer sessions at the Old Fort and then I also helped him with his incubator plots.  He can give you insight into my work ethic.

Dr. Phil Shuler

Dr. Shuler has been my advisor the past 2 years and I have taken or attending the following classes: SustainableAgriculture

Soil Science


Weed Management/IPM


Melissa Kay Shelton

2147 Eagle Dr

Unit 2

Pagosa Springs  CO



  I was drawn to Pagosa Springs by it's pristine natural beauty, vital resources and charm of the community.  I would consider it a priviledge to be part of a team, whose vision was to preserve and promote the attributes of this area and to encourage community growth and local sustainability.


March 14, 2012

Chimney Rock Farm & Market 500 CR 175, Bayfield CO 81122

To whom it may concern,

It is my pleasure to write this letter in support of Ms. Melissa Shelton’s application for the Internship position.  I’ve come to know Melissa as a student in several of my agriculture classes at Fort Lewis College (Sustainable Agriculture, Soils, Crop Production), and as one of my student advisees.  As a result, I have had multiple opportunities to get to know Melissa in different circumstances.

From her first days as one of my students at Fort Lewis College, Melissa has distinguished herself as a serious, attentive woman who clearly values her academic training, probably more so than the average student.  I suspect it’s obvious to any of the faculty that interact with Melissa that she is constantly striving to make the most of her college experiences in preparing for a professional career in agriculture and resource management.  Academically, Melissa consistently produces work that I would rate as very good to excellent.  Melissa is always ready with questions that reflect her thoughtful consideration of the subject matter at hand as well as her genuine interest in pursuing real depth in her studies. 

In reflecting on what I’ve observed with regard to Melissa’s maturity, work ethic, and aptitude, she consistently demonstrates a dependable, can-do, detail oriented attitude that should be of great benefit to your program.  On a personal level Melissa exemplifies the sort of maturity, steadiness, promptness, dependability, and professional demeanor that virtually every employer prizes.  Additionally, my experiences with Melissa suggest that you would find her to be a congenial, personable employee as far as working with others on team projects. I respectfully ask you to give her application serious consideration.

Please contact me by phone (970-247-7192) or email ([email protected])  if I may be of further assistance in recommending Melissa for the Internship Position.


Dr. Philip E Shuler

Professor, Department of Agriculture and Biology, Fort Lewis College