Topic ID #36800 - posted 3/4/2016 5:36 PM

GIS, Graphics, and Illustrator Specialist. - Extensive field, lab, and research experience


Valerie Woelfel

GIS Specialist/ Archaeological Illustrator

1178 Thomas Avenue

St. Paul, MN 55104

651 955-7198


Valuable combination of training, experience, and strong sense of personal integrity. Awarded Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science in Archaeology with 3.9 GPA. Over 20 years’ involvement in the field of archaeology with an emphasis on visualizing archaeological data. Strong GIS skills and desire to learn new techniques and technologies in the field.  Available to relocate.


  •  Spatial data creation and manipulation
  • ·Cartographic Design
  • · GPS Data collection
  • · Data Quality
  • · Metadata creation and maintenance
  • · Graphics
  • ·  Layout Design
  • ·  Data entry
  •  · Project Coordination
  • ·  Analysis and Research
  • ·  Verbal and Written Communication 


  • ·  ESRI ArcGIS 10.3
  • ·  Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Dreamweaver.
  • ·   Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access.
  • ·   GIS certificate training included courses on Python scripting, cartography, and remote sensing.


GIS Specialist

Lycoming College Expedition to Idalion.       Dali, Republic of Cyprus     December 2013 – August 2015

  • · Designed and implemented program to digitize spatial data from 28 years of archaeological field notes and maps.
  • · Created and edited shapefiles to be incorporated into excavation database and used to generate paper and digital maps.
  • ·Instructed staff and students in GIS techniques.
  • ·Collected GPS data in the field on archaeological site in Cyprus.
  • ·Collaborated with director in designing and conducting GIS analysis to support her research,    including performing least-cost-path analysis and ground-truthing the results.
  • Created maps at various scales for records, reports and use in the field.

       Freelance Archaeological Illustrator      St. Paul, MN      1986- present.

  • ·Create digital images using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and ESRI ArcGIS as well as working in traditional media such as pen and ink.
  •  Identified lack of instructional material on digital archaeological illustration. Wrote and published guide to meet the need.
  • · Built client base and earned reputation for exceeding client’s needs while meeting tight deadlines.
  • ·Create drawings based on exact measurements using established conventions
  •  Generate high quality maps and graphics for field personnel, reports, publications, and presentations.

       Archaeological Fieldwork/ On Site Illustrator   Seasonal 1986-present

       Cyprus, Egypt, Ukraine, Greece, Italy, France, Germany and England

  • ·  Performed fieldwork, survey, artifact processing, ceramic reconstruction, mapping, and record keeping on various projects.
  • · Created accurate artifact drawings and maps for reports, records, publications and use in the field.
  • · Supervised and trained students and volunteers in archaeological methods.
  •  Conducted literature review and research in support of projects.
  •  Built professional and respectful relationships with individuals and government officials from diverse cultural backgrounds.

       Store Manager

       RosettaStone       Roseville, MN      2010 – 2013

  • · Reversed declining sales at failing store location within 3 months to come in 23% over goal.
  • ·Hired, trained and motivated team of sales associates.
  • ·Developed new outreach methods to build customer base such as arranging Meetup groups to practice languages together.
  • Consistently in the top 5 in personal sales across the Midwest district.


  • ·Volunteer at Minnesota Historical Society conducting archival research and building a database for historic photographer’s project using KE Emu museum collection management software.
  • Leadership positions in retail management. Consistently strengthened sales by focusing on the needs of the customer and building a positive sense of responsibility and teamwork in the staff.


·         University of West Florida, Graduate Certificate in GIS for Archaeology

·         University of Minnesota,Four semesters completed towards Master’s in Ancient Studies

·         Augsburg College, Bachelor of Arts: Studio Art

Post ID#20766 - replied 3/4/2016 5:48 PM



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