Carolyn Gao (Natural Resources Conservation)

Resource Data Technician with Government of Saskatchewan in Prince Albert, SK

Carolyn Gao, UBC Forestry Co-op student, smiling while standing in snow.

For my fourth co-op work term I have returned to the Forest Service Branch at the Government of Saskatchewan, and continued to work as a Resource Data Technician. As this was in Northern Saskatchewan, there was still plenty of snow when May rolled around! My time at the Ministry of Environment has allowed me to develop the skills I’ve learned in class. Doing compliance reviews, managing data using ArcGIS Pro, and using my forestry and resource conservation knowledge for data analysis has helped me see how our coursework can be applied in the field. The development, analysis, and maintenance of this data is used either publicly, internally, or by industry, and keeps all stakeholders informed about their land usage. Co-op is a fantastic way to gain more experience in the field, develop connections, and apply your knowledge. I would highly recommend co-op as an option to explore your career options and discover what you love doing!

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