Experience & Achievements

Eco Freelance Consulting

Delivering Eco Freelance Consulting services to clients in Ireland and Europe.  Commenced collaboration with venue Conscious Earth Healing Retreats June 2018 to firmly establish the venue in the wellness field in Algarve, Portugal.  Attained windsurf instructor qualification and commenced teaching 2018 on Algarve coast.

Event & Venue Management, Web & Business Development, Windsurf Teaching   |    October 2017 to present


 

Co-Founder:  Eco Freelance Consulting

Managing business and administration aspects of Gold Certified Ecotourism venue, Crann Og Eco Farm. Assisted collaboration attaining Gold certification from Ecotourism Ireland and greatly enhanced social media positioning and engagement across common platforms.  Contributed to creation of new image/brand and marketing.  Managed ecotourism reservations and contributed to event management and hosting.  Professional content creation including digital media was a strong component in large increase in digital media engagement and revenue growth.  Customer satisfaction and volunteer planning and liaison.

Merle holds a Certificate in Sustainable Tourism Management from George Washington University School of Business.

Social Media, Administration    |    December 2015 to October 2017


 

Ecotourism Internship:  Crann Og Eco Farm, Ireland

Caretaking for owner’s vacations, animal husbandry including, fowl, sheep, lambing and natural horsemanship.  Organic vegetable gardening and vegetarian catering for volunteer crew.  Non chemical sheepskin tanning with natural techniques.  Demolition, renovation and recycle building using reclaimed materials including pallet structures.  Living willow structures.

Small business management administration, social media content creation and management, critical team member for event management and hosting.  Graphic design for marketing materials.  Hospitality and customer satisfaction, general ecotourism management.  Volunteer liaison and supervision.  Support for application to Ecotourism Ireland for venue and experience certification.

 

Intern, Administration, Social Media, Eco Building, Hospitality    |    March 2014 to December 2015


 

Volunteer:  Gyreum Ecolodge, Ireland

Maintenance and renovation works, interior and exterior.  Eco cabin construction team member.

Organic vegetable gardening.  Hospitality and guest intake. Basic catering and caretaking duties.

 

Eco volunteer    |    December 2013 to March 2014


 

Ecological Internship:  Jugendwaldheim Süderlügum, Germany

 

Forestry work & management including deer exclusions, tree felling, invasive species removal, bogland reclamation and dune preservation.  Sustainable commercial forestry management.

School children education programs, teaching basic forestry skills and techniques, tree identification and their uses.  Interpretive experiences involving flora and fauna, sensory awareness games and challenges in forest settings including night walks.

 

Eco Intern    |    August to December 2013


 

Eco Volunteer:  Europe

Volunteering home and abroad at eco-accommodation, organic and permaculture oriented projects in Scotland, Ireland and Germany.

Studied basic outdoor survival skills, food foraging, open fire cooking and primitive weapon and tool making.

 

Volunteer    |    May to August 2013


 

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