Co-op Profile

Rebecca Wort (Conservation)

Rebecca Wort (Conservation)

For my first co-op work term I worked with the City of Pickering in the Horticulture department. During that term I worked on the maintenance and creation of gardens as well as identification of invasive species. Most days I was involved in planting, tilling, weeding, watering and edging gardens. Often I was sent out to gardens and forests where there have been complaints to remedy the situation at hand.

James Fan (Wood Products Processing)

James Fan (Wood Products Processing)

Western Forest Products, Cowichan Bay, BC My time with Western Forest Products was an invaluable experience and allowed me to learn the importance of safety standards, optimizing machines, and building simulations. Over the course of my work term, I was involved with tasks from analyzing lumber products to building product margin based spreadsheets (Return to […]

Yu Chen (Forestry)

Yu Chen (Forestry)

I recently completed three consecutive 4 month work terms as a Forest Technician with Forsite Consultants Ltd. in Fort St. John. Working for 12 months at the same employer provided me with a unique opportunity to have my responsibilities progressively increase throughout the year while allowing me a variety of opportunities to improve my technical skills. More importantly, I really enjoyed the experience of working in the field during all four seasons!

Lukie Leung (Wood Products Processing)

Lukie Leung (Wood Products Processing)

As a first time co-op student at Western Forest Products, I was given the opportunity to work at different departments in the Chemainus sawmill. I gained a lot of valuable knowledge about production flow by conducting several project time-studies, and developed the ability to recognize key factors to run a high-profit mill. Also, I spent some time doing supervisor work, where I tracked downtime, utilized computer programs, computed reports and ensured employees were wearing proper personal protective equipment.

Iain Reid (Conservation)

Iain Reid (Conservation)

I’d like to share with you a snapshot of my experience in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, one of Canada’s 46 national parks. When I started this work term with Parks Canada’s Resource Conservation team, I had no idea the variety of projects I would be helping with and working on.

Arlo Bryn-Thorn (Forestry)

Arlo Bryn-Thorn (Forestry)

Through the UBC Forestry Co-op Program, I was able to obtain a summer forestry position and the opportunity to work in old growth forests in the Coastal Western Hemlock zone with A&A Trading Ltd. based in Campbell River, BC. My role as a forestry summer student allowed me to help the senior A&A staff develop logging plans for their operations from the ground up.

Kristina Kshatriya (Forest Sciences)

Kristina Kshatriya (Forest Sciences)

I started my first co-op term with Metsähallitus, the Finnish Forest and Parks Service, in May 2015 and had the opportunity to experience many aspects of Finnish forestry throughout that summer. My tasks changed often, which allowed me the opportunity to work at the science centre Pilke with school groups in the forest and indoors, I helped with the organization of several international and national conferences, planted trees with other university students, took forest inventory measurements with the forest planning team, and helped construct a trail with the parks and wildlife team in the Arctic Circle Hiking Area.

Kevin Chan (Wood Products Processing)

Kevin Chan (Wood Products Processing)

Working at Western Forest Products contributed towards my growth as a member of the forestry industry. The most valuable lesson I learned during my co-op work term was the management of information; even the finest of details are worth thorough consideration. I was involved in many quality and process control duties at Saltair Sawmill with a focus on dust control.

Luke Allen (Forestry)

Luke Allen (Forestry)

My recent co-op work term was with the Mendocino Redwood Company (MRC) in Northern California. MRC owns forest land in Mendocino County and is partnered with the Humbolt Redwood Company, in Humbolt County, creating a strong presence in the California forest industry. As this was my first work term as a co-op student, I appreciate that I was able to learn a myriad of new things!

Wenjie Fan (Forestry)

Wenjie Fan (Forestry)

This picture was taken during a stand verification trip in July during my co-op work term with APP China. The trip aimed to inspect the rectification progress of disqualified items before formal verification. At this point, I was feeling the weight of the chain saw, but there was still a long way before I could really use it. Co-op gave me an excellent chance to gain experience, and I appreciate that so much.