For my second co-op term, I worked as a mushroom forager with Pacific Rim Mushrooms. Each day I navigated through pathless old growth and post-wildfire forests, in search of edible wild mushrooms. I enjoyed learning to identify western Canada’s valuable wild mushrooms, and where they are found. Working in old growth forests provided me a practical view of complex forest structures and the role of mycorrhizal fungus. The experience of finding a large patch of pine or morel mushrooms is a satisfying reward for hours spent bushwhacking with a heavy pack.
Gregory Totaro (Natural Resources Conservation)
September 16, 2020 Author: Forestry Co-op
Sunflower Picker at Sunrise Florals in Surrey, BC For my third co-op term, I worked as a sunflower picker with Sunrise Floral in Surrey, BC. Each day I harvested, cut, and bundled sunflowers and other ornamental plants to be used in various flower arrangements and sold across the lower mainland. I gained firsthand agricultural experience…Read More Gregory Totaro (Natural Resources Conservation)
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Agassiz, BC Ever since my first day on the job here at the Research Station I knew that I was going to love my job. To date I have not had a bad day working under my employer and friend, Dennis Haak. The majority of my time has been spent…Read More Spencer Bronson (Natural Resources Conservation)
Strategic Natural Resource Consultants, Port McNeill, BC For my summer co-op work term I worked for Strategic Natural Resource Consultants as a Forestry Engineer. Strategic is not a licensee itself and the better part of my work took place on lands operated by Western Forest Products. My primary duties included road and cutblock layout and…Read More Vinayak Chabria (Natural Resources Conservation)