Freelance environmental/science writer specializing in sustainability, climate change and environmental health issues. I offer environmental writing and copywriting services, including: attention grabbing marketing copy, sales proposals, green blogs, articles, web content, press releases, educational resources, technical writing & environmental reports.
Ranked in the top 1% of Elance providers, I am a committed team player with excellent research/writing skills, and to ensure client satisfaction, I will go the extra mile - with a smile :)
I have a BSc (Hons) Degree in Marine Biology, a Diploma in Nature Conservation, and a Certificate in Freelance Journalism. As a qualified and experienced ecologist/environmental educator, I have a deep understanding of ecological principals and environmental/sustainability issues, together with a knack of communicating complex subjects in simple terms that my target audience - typically non-specialists - can easily understand.
Freelance environmental writer, copywriter, and writing consultant. Areas of expertise include:
- Website Content Planning & Development
- Copywriting & Sales Proposals
- Press Releases
- Article & Blog Writing
- Technical Writing
- Academic Writing
- Creative Writing/Children's Writing
- Script Writing of Educational Environmental/Wildlife Documentaries
- Online Research - Journalistic research; Academic literature reviews
- Marketing/Educational Presentations
- Copy editing/Proofreading
- Website Design (Wordpress; Wix)
Key Areas of Interest:
- Global Warming; Climate Change
- Sustainability; Food Security; Recycling; Waste Management; Green Building; Green Living
- Energy; Energy Efficiency; Renewable Energy
- Environmental Pollution/Contamination; Environmental Toxins; Environmental Health; Environmental Remediation
- Water Quality; Drinking Water Contaminants
- Ecology; Ocean Science; Marine Biology
- Biodiversity & Wildlife Conservation
- Environmental Education
- Pet Care; Animal Welfare
An Introduction to LEED
Certificate in Environmental Biology
Home Study College of Southern Africa
Certificate in Freelance Journalism
University of Cape Town
BSc Honors Zoology (Marine Biology)
National Diploma Nature Conservation
Web Talent Marketing
2012 - Present
Copywriting of content for websites, marketing articles, research articles, and information/technical content for pet care products, home improvement company, electric livestock fencing suppliers, and humane pest/wildlife repellants.
Climate Emergency Institute
Environmental Writer/Education Assistant
2011 - Present
Contribute research articles and blog posts on the effects of climate change on ecosystems and humanity, with a focus on the marine environment.
Small Pet Select
Freelance Writer, Pet Products
2011 - Present
Information articles on guinea pig and rabbit care, especially nutrition and diet.
IE-TEC Marketing Ltd
2012 - 2012
Technical/environmental writer researching the environmental impact of spent lead ammunition on shooting ranges. Develop web content for this company that manufactures and supplies lead remediation equipment for shooting ranges.
Exploring Green Technology
2012 - 2012
Provided informative articles for www.exploringgreentechnology.com
2012 - 2012
Wrote copy for a 2-page flyer on climate change for an NGO workshop that was being hosted by this organization (http://www.worldfishcenter.org/)
Best of the Web - Be Green
2011 - 2012
Contribute articles and blog posts on environmental topics to Be Green - portfolio can be viewed at http://begreen.botw.org/author/jgriffin/
Technical Content Writer
2011 - 2012
Research and write informative articles and web content on drinking water quality, drinking water contaminants, water filters and water filter uses for this company that supplies Big Berkey water filters.
Environmental Ecotoxicology Consultant
2011 - 2011
Simplified a large library of technical phrases covering various aspects of eco-toxicology and other environmental data that appears on an MSDS so that it can be easily understood by people without a technical background in eco-toxicology. Phrases covered most issues of interest in Environmental Fate, particularly typical half lives and the means by which the substance might degrade - biodegradation, hydrolysis, photolysis as well as bioaccumulation and biomagnification in the environment, and soil adsorption characteristics that may predispose substances to migrate into water tables etc.
Blog Design & Blog Writer
2011 - 2011
Set up, design & layout, and post blogs for first 2 weeks.
Overstrand Conservation Foundation
2011 - 2011
I worked as an Eco-Schools coordinator for the Overstrand Conservation Foundation (Whale Coast Conservation) in conjunction with the Wildlife & Environmental Society of Southern Africa. I worked with two local schools, assisting them to incorporate environmental education activities into the curriculum as part of the international Eco-Schools program funded by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Educational initiatives are not restricted to the school learning environment, but are also extended to include local communities. The focus is on cost effective eco-friendly, sustainable living that has a minimal impact on the environment. These schools are located within a biosphere reserve (Kogelberg Nature Reserve) with easy access to multiple ecosystems.These include the mountains of the Overberg, incorporating indigenous fynbos, forest, and coastal renosterveld biomes; freshwater systems, including rivers, wetlands and estuaries; and oceans, including rocky shore, sandy beach, and estuarine ecosystems. These natural resources are exploited to enhance the hands-on learning experience of the learners. While whales are a common sight in the sheltered bays and coves of our coastline, and there is much fun in spotting and identifying these magnificent creatures, the highlight is always an educational visit to our local mainland colony of endangered African penguins that are breeding at Bettys Bay - yes we are truly blessed :)
2008 - 2011
Operated Mobile Petting Zoo service as an Educational entertainment alternative for children's parties and events. Also offered hands-on educational visits to schools and pre-schools for interactive experience with farm and domestic animals. Funds raised from these endeavors went towards feed and upkeep of rescued animals in my care.
2005 - 2008
Established a pet store business with dog grooming salon, which I managed for two and a half years before selling to pursue other endeavors. Management duties included ordering stock, stock control, pricing, sales, marketing, administration, accounts, tax returns, dog grooming, pet care, fish pond/tank maintenance, customer care.
Marine Biology Research Institute, UCT
1997 - 2005
Marine Biology Research Institute, Zoology Department, University of Cape Town: Scientific Officer, offering technical and research support services including academic, scientific and administrative support services. Duties included coordinating biological fieldwork on rocky shores at various localities around the country, and collaborating with other researchers on this extensive project; administration, research finance management & reporting, purchasing, and scientific writing services.
Animal Demography Unit, Zoology Department (formerly Avian Demography Unit, Dept of Statistical Sciences), University of Cape Town: Scientific Officer - duties as above, plus field research on breeding success of African penguins on Robben Island and Betty's Bay penguin colonies over a three year period, and assisting with bird ringing activities and courses.
Kommetjie Environmental Awareness Group
Environmental Education Coordinator
1995 - 1997
I worked as Environmental Education Coordinator for Kommetjie Environmental Awareness Group (KEAG) for 2 years. Started and managed the KEAG Coastal Club, an Eco-Awareness group for school children from four local schools, including two local disadvantaged schools in informal settlements.Worked with teachers to make environmental education a stimulating, fun experience that was incorporated into classroom activities and curriculum, with monthly sponsored outings to places such as Cape Point Nature Reserve, Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, SANCCOB (penguin/seabird rehabilitation facility), Two Oceans Aquarium. Also focused on local beach/community clean-ups, anti-litter/recycling initiatives and greening programs within the schools and local communities.