Kovalenko - Ecologist - Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland

Olena Kovalenko

Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland

Services

Ecologist

Summary:

I am a young professional in the field of environmental sciences with experience in both academic and practical environments. I have got my BSc in Ecology in Ukraine and MSc in Environmental Policy in Hungary. While getting my education and doing research in environmental economics and climate change (BSc), and later in protected area management (MSc), I was also volunteering for several initiatives, ranging from public awareness on waste management to energy efficiency and environmental education. Following that, I worked in a conservation capacity building project in Ukraine as a conservation officer. Through this experience, which often involved being in diverse working environments and teams, I have built my analytical, writing and social skills.
At the moment I am pursuing my second Master's in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in Helsinki, Finland. My current employment and research interests are in the intersection of several disciplines: conservation biology, GIS, climate change and environmental economics. I like working on synergies and interrelations, therefore I am open to a wide variety of opportunities.

Work History

Conservation Officer

NGO "Ukrainian Environmental Club "Green Wave"

October 2012 - August 2013

Project "Building capacity for biodiversity conservation in Ukraine: network and training support"
• Adaptation of educational materials (modules on nature interpretation and management of conservation breeding programmes);
• Assisting in fundraising and writing project proposals;
• Assisting in writing conference abstracts and posters, presentation of interim project findings at international conservation congress (Villa de Leyva, Colombia);
• Trilingual translations and editing (EN-UA-RU);
• Assistance in planning events and workshop facilitation;
• Assistance in network expansion through creation of contacts database;
• Spreading information via official website conservation.in.ua and social media (writing original material and posting selected news and articles).

Researcher

Polisky Nature Reserve, Shatsky National Nature Park

May 2012 - June 2012

Research was conducted as a part of fulfillment of the MSc programme requirements at the Central European University (available at www.etd.ceu.hu/2012/kovalenko_olena.pdf)
• Conducted Threat Reduction Assessment (TRA) at two protected areas (PAs) in Ukraine (Polisky Nature Reserve and Shatsky National Nature Park) using the modified TRA technique with application of GIS;
• Facilitated group discussions following the TRA workshops;
• Held personal interviews with different stakeholders (PA staff, representative of the Ministry of Environment and researchers working at the PAs);
• Delivered the research findings and management recommendations to the PA staff.

Content manager

Website conservation.in.ua

January 2011 - August 2013

Responsibilities included searching for relevant news and articles in conservation and environmental protection (English, Ukrainian, Russian), re-posting and/or translating them and creating original materials (news postings, workshop announcements); further, news were spread via social networks. Primarily done using Drupal platform, later switched to Joomla (August 2013).

Volunteer

Greencubator

July 2010 - August 2013

• Assisting in holding a series of EnergyCamp events (putting up tents and photovoltaic modules, participant meeting and registration, shooting video, cooking, other miscellaneous assistance);
• Spreading information on the events via social networks;
• Translations (EN-UA-RU)

Volunteer

Let's Do It, Ukraine!

September 2010 - April 2011

• Developing online map database of recycling points in Kyiv
• Involving the public by spreading information about the event through social networks and other online/offline platforms
• Maintaining and updating e-documents database
• Propagation via social networks
• Communication with mass media
• Translation (EN-UK-RU)
• Raising awareness about waste management issues

Projects

"Building capacity for biodiversity conservaiton in Ukraine: network and training support"

Starting on July 15, 2012 the Ukrainian Environmental Club (Ukraine)/Ukrainian Environmental Educational Center together with Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC) at the American Museum of Natural History in New York (United States) launched a new project “BUILDING CAPACITY FOR BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION IN UKRAINE: NETWORK AND TRAINING SUPPORT.” Through this collaboration a comprehensive set of teaching and learning materials in biodiversity conservation is created and disseminated to support training for graduate and undergraduate students at university levels, for protected areas staff, and for the business sector. Additionally, a Ukrainian Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners is created and facilitated.

My responsibilities as a conservation officer included:
• Adaptation of educational materials (modules on nature interpretation and management of conservation breeding programmes);
• Assisting in fundraising and writing project proposals;
• Assisting in writing conference abstracts and posters, presentation of interim project findings at international conservation congress (Villa de Leyva, Colombia);
• Trilingual translations and editing (EN-UA-RU);
• Assistance in planning events and workshop facilitation;
• Assistance in network expansion through creation of contacts database;
• Spreading information via official website conservation.in.ua and social media (writing original material and posting selected news and articles).

Spark!Lab

Spark!Lab uses fun activities to help kids and families learn about the history and process of invention. You can play games, conduct science experiments, explore inventors’ notebooks, and even invent!

I took part in organising Week two (10-16 September) "Energy and Environment".

Nature School "Wonderful World"

Accompanied and assisted with organising an excursion to Mizhrichensky Regional Landscape Park, assisted in PR and creation of promotion materials.

Qualifications & Certifications

Durrell Endangered Species Management Graduate Certificate

Durrell Conservation Academy (Jersey, the Channel Islands)

MSc in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

University of Helsinki (Helsinki, Finland)

MSc in Environmental Sciences and Policy

Central European University (Budapest, Hungary)

BSc in Ecology, Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development

National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Kyiv, Ukraine)

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