Topic ID #42072 - posted 1/29/2020 7:26 AM

Fresh Grad Looking for Entry-Level Field Experience


Dustin Vander Plaats

800 Livingston Ave NE 200 Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (616) 206-7196

Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI, Bachelor of Arts Anthropology— 2013-2019

Recipient, Lambda Alpha National Anthropology Honor Society — 2017

Recipient, Walton Boston Koch Scholarship — 2018

Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI Associate of Arts — 2011-2013

Dean’s List 2011

Academic Experience
Substitute Teacher, Kent ISD, Grand Rapids, MI — 2019-Present

All levels K-12 in social science, history, general. Performed instructional and classroom management for teachers who are absent for a day or longer periods of time. Duties include taking attendance, explaining homework, and maintaining classroom cleanliness

Field School, Bioarchaeology at Verteba Cave, Ukraine 2017

Collaborated with survey team members in large-scale archaeological dig

Researcher, Grand Rapids Public Library Local History, Grand Rapids, MI — 2014-2017

Authored comprehensive history of the Grand River in response to increased media inquiries following the

catastrophic flooding of 2013

Intern, Local History, Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, MI — 2015

Documented properties slated for demolition in the wake of the 2008 recession, created database

Non-Academic Experience
Woodworker, Rivertown Woodcraft, Grand Rapids, MI — 2018-2019

Assured quality of products with meticulous craftsmanship, roughmilling, finishing product for sale and

installation, tended booth at industry shows

Maintenance, Costco Wholesale, Inc., Grandville, MI — 2014-2017

Prioritized safety while maintaining showroom appearance, performed repairs with craftsmanship

Department Supervisor, Sales Associate, Cashier, Home Depot, Inc., Grandville, MI, — 2002-2013

12-time winner Employee of the Month
Increased paint department sales by $508,000 over a 3-year period
Taught/led DIY workshops, managed multiple departments and hundreds of employees, managed accurate inventory, led safety teams, drove forklifts and pallet trucks, maintained showroom-ready departments

Professional and Personal Interests and Values

Intersectional ally, social justice, diversity, inclusion, mental health, holism, critical thinking, big-picture thinking. Bioarchaeology, osteobiography, anthropology, history, science, sex ed reform, scicomm, genetics, evolutionary psychology, philosophy


Gwyn Madden, Ph.D., Grand Valley State University
Mark Schwartz, Ph.D., Grand Valley State University
Christopher Shaffer, Ph.D., Grand Valley State University
Deana Weibel-Swanson, Ph.D., Grand Valley State University
Michael Wroblewski, Ph.D., Grand Valley State University


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