Community Education Team Leader at Salmon Habitat Restoration Program in Surrey, BC, Canada
For my second co-op term, I have been working at the Salmon Habitat Restoration Program (SHaRP) in Surrey, BC as the Community Education Team Leader. I engage Surrey’s local communities and general public on salmon and the importance of healthy habitats through hosting outreach booths as well as aiding the Media Team Leader on producing educational videos and other media. In addition to outreach, I support the Riparian Enhancement team with restoring salmon habitat in the field, including invasive species removal, native species planting, slope stabilization, weir building, and other in-stream works.
I have enjoyed engaging a wide range of Surrey’s communities, from youth all the way to elderly folks. I have been able to apply my knowledge learned in many of my courses at UBC Forestry, including plant and fish identification, riparian ecosystem, and watershed knowledge. I have learned so much from this position; leadership, teamwork, project management, and organization. I have made lifelong memories and connections with my co-workers, and learned so much more than the job description had provided. The experiences and learning opportunities with Surrey’s local communities, co-workers, and supervisors that I have had at SHaRP has made this work term one of a kind.