AUDREY R. SMITH
OBJECTIVE: A position in the photographic field where a background in outdoor and location photography, with training in studio and street photography would be needed.
SUMMARY: Over 18 years of outdoor photographic experience. Six years as an interpretive/adventure guide. Strong public interface ability, connecting with all age groups in educational experiences including controlled settings and nature excursions. Over 12 years of experience working with captive wildlife in public and private settings.
EDUCATION: Southeast Center of Photographic Studies, Daytona State College, Daytona, FL
Associate of Science Degree: Photographic Technology
COMPUTER Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
SKILLS: Adobe Lightroom 2, Photoshop Creative Suite 2, Nik HDR Efex Pro
EXTRA Certified Interpretive Guide, National Association of Interpretation
TRAINING: Florida Master Naturalist, IFAS Extension, University of FL, Gainesville, FL
OWNER: Audrey Smith’s NatureQuest Photography 2004-Present
Specializing in nature and wildlife photography, with a focus on local conservation topics. Stock photos licensed through Photographer’s Direct and age fotostock. Online presence in the form of WordPress blog, CafePress shop. Also specializing in wedding, portrait, event, and other venues of photography. Photo editing software used includes Adobe Lightroom 2, Photoshop Creative Suite 2, Nik HDR Efex Pro
Published and public works can be found in the listings below:
• Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine; Written article; Summer/Fall 2013; pp. 20, 21.
• American Quarter Horse Journal; Photo; January 2011; p. 179.
• Herpetological Review; Written article; 38(1): 88.
• Nature’s Best Magazine; Photo; 5(1); Winter/Spring 1999; pp. 66, 67.
• Big Cypress National Preserve; Award (2nd place Poetry Contest)
• Portuguese and Luso-Asian Legacies in Southeast Asia, 1511-2011; Vol.1: Photo (cover),
Vol.2: Photo (cover)
• Fort Worth Zoo, Ft. Worth, TX; Photos (graphics)
• Lyonia Preserve, Deltona, FL; Photos (graphics)
• Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Sanford, FL; Photos
(graphics / signage / advertising / sales / Serval studbook)
• Brevard Zoo, Melbourne, FL; Photos (graphics / signage)
• Medtoxin Laboratories/Reptile Discovery Center, Deltona, FL; Photos (website / advertising)
• C.A.R.E. Foundation, Apopka, FL; Photos (merchandise)
EMPLOYMENT: Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens (Central Florida Zoological Society)
Lake Monroe, Florida
Guest Services staff 2010-2011
Utilized QuickBooks point-of-sale program allowing guests to purchase daily zoo admission, zoo memberships, and amusement ride tickets; assisted visitors with enrolling in personalized zoo membership; aided zoo train manager with operating train for added guest experience.
Brevard Zoo (East Coast Zoological Society) Melbourne, Florida
Interpretive Services Guide 2008 -2011
Led on-site narrated kayak tours, and off-site narrated kayak eco tours; operated zoo train while delivering train tour narrative.
Brevard Zoo (East Coast Zoological Society)
Interpretive Services Coordinator 2006 -2008
Coordinated all functions of the Interpretive Services Department: organized employee schedules, interviewed job applicants, authorized timecards; purchased supplies specialized for I.S. Department; utilized Microsoft Excel for budget proposals; trained staff to perform on-site kayak tours and zoo train tours; trained contracted individuals to conduct and perform off-site eco-tours; coached contracted guides for operation of zoo vehicles while pulling large trailers; conducted on-site kayak and zoo train tours; scheduled and led off-site kayaking, birding, and photography eco-tours; wrote scripts and talking points for revised tours and public animal encounters; obtained current credible, relevant information for staff to educate zoo visitors; worked with Education Department regarding public animal encounters; worked with Animal Department as needed or required.
* Assumed role as Head of Interpretive Team utilizing skills of a graphic designer, manufacturers, and members of various Zoo departments to design and implement new signs, graphics, labels, and unique interpretive items using restricted budget.
* Expanded existing eco-tour program to include limited birding tours and nature photography tours.
* Established a reference library for the Interpretive Services Department.
Lead Adventure Guide 2005 Sept-2006 Jan
Assisted Interpretive Services Coordinator; organized schedules and managed staff when supervisor was unavailable; led on-site kayak and zoo train tours, and off-site eco-tours; strived to obtain credible, current, relevant information for staff to share with zoo visitors.
Interpretive Services Contract Guide 2005 Apr-2005 Sept
Led off-site kayak eco-tours on contract basis, highlighting local coastal ecosystems, ensuring guests enjoyed an unforgettable nature experience.
Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens (Central Florida Zoological Society)
Lake Monroe, Florida
Animal Commissary Attendant 2002-2005
Maintained close communication with veterinary and management staff to establish and supply proper nutrition for zoo collection; responsibilities included ordering animal feed, overseeing Animal Commissary building, and managing Animal Commissary budget; investigated nutritional comparisons of various foods as to provide superior diets for zoo collection; conducted “keeper chats”: informal talks between visitors and Keeper Staff; assisted zookeepers with various projects as needed; Microsoft Excel used in charting animal diets and diet changes.
C.A.R.E. Foundation 1998-2008 (Creating Animal Respect and Education)
Owner: Christin Burford
Performed exceptional husbandry to achieve enriched living conditions of large exotic felines, bears, small mammals, crocodilians, assorted reptiles; participated in local outreaches and encounters for public and private groups; trained and conditioned animals for outreaches and interactions; conducted tours of exhibits designed to increase donations for the Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization; volunteer photographer.
Medtoxin Laboratories 2003-2008
Owner: Carl Barden
Practiced basic husbandry of venomous snakes, with emphasis on protocol and safety; training included safe handling techniques, knowledge of venoms and their effects on the human body; conducted tours of facility and outdoor exhibits for public and private groups; participated in training adult Alligator mississippiensis; volunteer photographer.