Co-op Profile

Spencer Bronson (Natural Resources Conservation)

Spencer Bronson (Natural Resources Conservation)

I have recently begun my fourth co-op work term and so far the island life has been everything I have expected and more! Upon my arrival on Mandarte Island, monitoring of the resident song sparrow population (Melospiza melodia) and banding of their nestlings began. Since then I have been collecting data on the territories, movement and feeding behaviour of song sparrows and spent some time mapping the territories of fox sparrows as well.

Vinayak Chabria (Natural Resources Conservation)

Vinayak Chabria (Natural Resources Conservation)

My co-op with Canfor, which is based out of Vanderhoof, has been filled with exciting moments of learning and progress. This is my first time indulging in field operations in the winter and it took me a while to find my comfort zone. My crew has been fantastic at keeping the morale up, whether that is a -15 degree Celsius day or a warm and mushy afternoon. Typically we go through a list of blocks that Canfor would like to harvest and then conduct a recce on a chosen block.

Xinyan Wang (Wood Products Processing)

Xinyan Wang (Wood Products Processing)

Working as an Engineering Assistant at the Engineering department of Prepac Manufacturing is a fantastic experience. Prepac is a successful North American designer, manufacturer and drop shipper of functional and stylish Ready-to-Assemble home furniture. During my co-op term,I have been given the great opportunity to work with the excellent team at Prepac and to see and learn how an order is processed into real products.

Megan Fong (Forest Sciences)

Megan Fong (Forest Sciences)

Working as a GIS analyst with Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations in Smithers has been fantastic. The main project of improving angling guide management has allowed me to explore cartography processes and learn new skills like web mapping, opening up a diverse range of possibilities.

Rui Yang (Wood Products Processing)

Rui Yang (Wood Products Processing)

My first co-op term was with Southcoast Reman. It was a great place to get your hands dirty and gain experience in the wood industry. At Southcoast Reman, I realized what I have learned in class is very useful, and I was happy to put it into practice.

Christina Howard (Conservation)

Christina Howard (Conservation)

This past winter, I worked with Natural Resources Canada as a Climate Change Mitigation Modelling Analyst. This work prepared me for future endeavours in research, data analysis, and scientific communication. Each day within the office felt like a new and different day, and I was given the freedom to pursue my own ideas and methods. This position has required and allowed me to expand upon my knowledge of related topics and develop my technical skills.

Annie Wang (Wood Products Processing)

Annie Wang (Wood Products Processing)

This winter, I worked as a Wood Processing Engineer at Loewen Windows Inc. I helped with various ongoing projects ranging from improving manufacturing procedures to establishing procedures of lumber quality inspection. My coworkers and I analyzed the potential waste of the current processing line for glazing stops as well.

Michael Watson (Conservation)

Michael Watson (Conservation)

For my second co-op work term I worked for Teck Resources Limited, Canada’s largest diversified resource company. I was working out of the company’s head office, in Vancouver, but was working on three projects at Teck’s Red Dog mine in North West Alaska.

Rodrigo Baston (Forestry)

Rodrigo Baston (Forestry)

For my first year in the Co-op Program, I worked as a tree planter for Celtic Reforestation. I worked at several locations around Prince George, in northern BC and had the chance to see the beautiful shapes of this landscape, while spending all of my time outdoors and learning more about reforestation.

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.