For my third co-op placement, I am working as a field crew lead with the Tree Ring Lab in the Faculty of Forestry. I’ve been supervising wildfire related projects in collaboration with Stuctwewsemc (Bonaparte Indian Band), Westbank First Nation, and Logan Lake Community Forest.
Joining the Co-op program helped me achieve a greater knowledge of the primary industry by getting a job in the maintenance department at Western Forest Product’s Port Alberni Sawmill (APD).
During my summer work term placement at The Richard Hamelin Lab, I was assisting Kelly Hrywkiw with her PhD research project on sudden oak death (Phytophthora ramorum) inoculation and its potential to infect big leaf maple.
During my time working with KFS I have been able to learn more in depth about the integrative management tactics and priorities that go into managing a community forests and the differences between that and private land management.
This summer, I worked on my communication skills and dependability during my time at Horizons Landscaping, and I learned a lot about these skills as well as other helpful skills to use in my future careers.
For my fourth work term I worked for the District of West Vancouver Parks Department as the Green Jobs Leader. The Green Jobs program, or Green Team, is a relatively new program for the district involving a crew of summer students that undertake various environmental initiatives across the district.
For my second co-op work term I have been working with DWB consulting services Ltd. This consulting company has contracts with Canfor, Carrier, West Fraser just to name a few. During this work term I have been learning how to prepare forest blocks for harvest and management operations.