Zachariah E. Ellsworth


Summary:             Highly-motivated self-starter with demonstrated leadership and organizational skills. Creative (landscape design, photography, promotional materials design) and committed (a year in AmeriCorps, co-founded and three years leading Students for Sustainability organization) community developer with experience creating a Web community and using Microsoft Office tools.

Education:     Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN

Bachelor of Science Degree

Major:  Urban and Regional Studies

Minor:  Ethnic Studies

GPA: 3.32, Cum Laude

Related Coursework:

  • Urban Design Principles
  • Community Leadership and Service Learning
  • Community Leadership and Service Learning
  • Community-Based Problem Solving
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Urban Transportation
  • Environmental Planning


Owner and Architect, Green Earth Holistic Gardens (01/07- Present)

u  Designed landscape installations to client specification

u  Developed and implemented marketing strategy

u  Met and negotiated with potential clients

u  Installed landscaping elements and managed employees


Sales Associate, Panera Bread, Knollwood (09/08-5/09)

u  Operated cash register

u  Took catering orders

u  Did food preparation

u  General restaurant work


Sales Associate, Bachman’s Garden Center on Lyndale (09/07- 12/07)

u  Operated cash register

u  Assisted customers in the indoor plants section of the garden center

u  Maintained plants and displays

u  Took customer shipping orders


Internship with GardenWorks, Minneapolis, MN (05/06- 08/06)

u  Interviewed community garden coordinators for newsletter

u  Collected and compiled data on community gardening

u  Created a database of potential partner organizations

u  Conceived, created and managed a Web forum for community gardeners

u  Photographed community gardens for use with promotional materials


Consultant for City of Pemberton, MN (Fall, 2004)

u  Worked with group to advise city on repurposing unused school building

u  Surveyed community interest via door-to-door campaign

u  Met with city officials

u  Drafted final report with recommendations


Co-founder/President: Students for Sustainability student organization MSU, Mankato (2003- 2006)

u  Key organizer of 2004, 2005, and 2006 Sustainability conferences and WindStock at MSU

  Booked speakers and table presenters

  Coordinated 10-14 volunteers for each event

  Reserved conference space

  Applied for grants

  Conceived, created, and distributed event advertising

  Coordinated with university professors to require classes to attend events

  Presented at conferences

u  Organized and led projects such as installation of 4,000 sq. ft. wildflower garden on campus


Setup Crew Member at MSU, Mankato (09/04- 12/06)

u  Set up and tore down events in the campus student union including setting up electronics, lights, and presentation equipment

u  Self-managed based on event schedule


Americorps NCCC* Corps Member (2001-2002)

u  Completed more than 1,700 hours of community service through projects in the Western US

u  Projects included conceiving and faciliating an after-school program in art and soccer for grade school students, wildlife habitat restoration, trail building, fence building, building rehabilitation, flood relief, homeless outreach, assisted mentally and physically challenged people, tutored grade school children in reading and math



u  Entrepreneurship, leadership, problem-solving, and group organization

u  Marketing and promotion

u  Excellent writing—worked as writing tutor for MNSU (Fall, 2003- Spring 2004).

u  Photography—nature and creative

u  Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint