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Shirlei Ishizaki (Forest Sciences)

Shirlei Ishizaki (Forest Sciences)

I kicked-off my Co-op Program working as a Field Technician at ES Cropconsult. The work I do, scouting, is a small, but decisive part of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM is a preventative measure that joins biology and economy, making data-based decisions to improve yield crops. The Co-op Program allows me to explore different views, as well as obtain knowledge and experience. When I started this job, I wasn’t sure how it would apply to my targeted career path, but it is up to me to make the most out of the opportunities that show on my way to educate myself, build connections, and have fun!

Qing Qiu (Wood Products Processing)

Qing Qiu (Wood Products Processing)

My first co-op term with M and J Woodcrafts has been a great working experience. In a regular work day, I spent most of the time on the shop floor with various departments, such as the flat panel gluing station and the press and trim line. The hands-on experience has provided me some essential practical skills for future jobs. Furthermore, I believe the cross training I received from the company has greatly strengthened my skillsets and provided valuable working knowledge on operations. Hence, I appreciate the co-op program for offering me a great opportunity to work with a friendly and passionate team

Nolita Kay (Natural Resource Conservation)

Nolita Kay (Natural Resource Conservation)

I was responsible for recognizing and initiating treatments, specific diets and enrichments that would enable our patients to heal and get a second chance at being wild again. I got to improve my identification skills and become familiar with the rehabilitation plans unique to different species according to their ecological niche and behavior in nature. Forestry co-op has allowed me to have a direct contribution towards the conservation of nature and has given me a unique perspective into the dynamic of coexisting with wildlife which I will take with me and apply to my future work experiences within the forestry co-op program.

Peter Zhang (Forestry)

Peter Zhang (Forestry)

In my second co-op term with the UBC Alex Fraser Research Forest, one of my main tasks was Douglas fir beetle probing. I surveyed attack areas and recorded the numbers of attacks and severity of such attacks. Eventually, these attacked trees containing live beetles will be either logged or sanitized to prevent the spread of the insect. This co-op term was extremely rewarding, as it gave me an insight look as well as hands-on experiences on common forestry practices in the winter season in the Cariboo and Chicoltin areas. I was also given great resources to learn the science and rationales behind these practices.

Tina Lu (Urban Forestry)

Tina Lu (Urban Forestry)

For my second co-op work term, I continued my work as an Environmental Education Assistant at C.J Elementary School. My job was to assist teachers through out various environmental related courses, for instance: plant identification course, plant cooking course and plant dyeing course. This has been a life changing experience, because without joining co-op program I would not have step out of my comfort zone. This experience allows me to open my vision to see stuff that is outside of my academic life, at the same time expand upon what I have learned in school. I encourage other students to join co-op to step out of their comfort zone, to discover more potential in them.

Ricardo Pelai (Natural Resources Conservation)

Ricardo Pelai (Natural Resources Conservation)

For the summers of 2015 and 2016, I’ve worked as a Research Assistant with the Social-Ecological Systems Research Group at UBC. Working as a Research Assistant was an invaluable experience that opened many doors for me. Most importantly, this experience made me realize that I have a passion for research. It gave me the tools and inspiration to come up with a topic for my thesis this year, and it has inspired me to attend graduate school so I can ultimately land a research-based career in the future.

Molly Dube (Forest Sciences)

Molly Dube (Forest Sciences)

For my second co-op term I have continued my work with Agri-Food Canada as a Student Research Assistant. With the end of summer, we were able to begin to harvest and collect data on the project we set up back in May. It was a great experience to be able to take part in this experiment because I was involved from the start and creation of our field trials up to the very end where we processed and analyzed our samples. This valuable experience, as well as my responsibilities and technical skills I’ve learned in the lab and through excel, has taught me a lot and given me fantastic experience.

Rui Yang (Wood Products Processing)

Rui Yang (Wood Products Processing)

For my second co-op work term, I worked as a Quality Control student with West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. in the Williams Lake Sawmill in BC, Canada. I have developed Liner High Grader (LHG) maintenance skills and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) calibration skills. Moreover, I have improved my understanding of planer mill production by preparing weekly reports, monthly reports and attending production and sales meetings. This co-op work term gave me a lot of hands-on experience in the wood industry. This working experience was definitely a stepping stone for my career in the future. And I strongly encourage everyone who is interested in forestry to join the co-op program.