On my fourth work term I worked on soil texture analysis in UBC’s faculty of Land and Food Systems. I collected buckets of soil samples from the Malcolm Knapp research forest and the UBC farm and received samples from the Alex Fraser research forest in Williams Lake.
As an Ecosystem Restoration Technician for the Species at Risk Team at Fort Rodd National Historic Site and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, I have been fortunate to gain experience in a wide variety of fieldwork that has given me a better understanding of the Straight of Georgia Lowlands ecosystem.
My work term at UBC’s Malcom Knapp Research Forest has allowed me to meet and work with a great group of professionals, while gaining experience in the use of forest fire equipment, fire safety, danger tree assessments, trail maintenance and silviculture surveys.
For my third Co-op work term I worked as a Wetland Naturalist for the Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Center Society. I worked in the Creston Valley Wildlife Management area for the summer, working on a wide variety of projects.
I work at BC Hydro on the Vegetation Management team. My team manages the vegetation along all BC Hydro distribution and transmission lines throughout the entire province (over 79,000 km!), as well as the vegetation in/around other BC Hydro infrastructure such as substations.
I spent my second co-op work term at the Burns Bog Conservation Society as a Summer Camp Coordinator. I worked with the Summer Camp Counselors on my team to plan eight weeks of summer camps at the Delta Nature Reserve for children ranging from ages 6-12.
My second co-op work term was at Ken Price Silviculture, as a shepherd. My primary responsibility of my work position is to ensure the safety and welfare of the flock which includes grazing the sheep and herding them to areas of good forage, as well as keeping a watchful eye out for any threats from predators.
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.