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This summer I worked at the Northern Forestry Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. Half-way through and I was given the chance to be involved in many different ongoing projects. During the course of my work term, I used R to conduct statistical analysis on mountain pine beetle predation, worked with survey data in ArcGIS to generate datasets for further analysis, examined and took pictures of beetles under a microscope, worked with tree cores, and identified the pest or disease in photos taken from the field.
Lucky for me, I got the chance to hop on a helicopter at the very beginning of my work term (on the first day too). My first experience riding on a helicopter was out of this world. I had been assigned varying types of work and in different locations too.
For my first work term, I had the opportunity to travel to the Okayama Prefecture of Japan, and through an internship with Okayama University, I got to participate in a diverse range of jobs that covered the various branches of the country’s forestry industry.
For my second work term I was hired at Interfor in Campbell River as an Assistant Logging Engineer. Primarily, we worked in the Call Inlet area preparing a second growth stand for harvest.
For my fourth co-op term, I worked as a Jr. Resource Technician for the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development in northeastern B.C. My job involved helping Research Silviculturists assess fire hazard at the Tumbler Ridge community forest with the purpose of informing future silviculture prescriptions.