Junior Forest Technician with Coastal Natural Resource Management Ltd. in Northern British Columbia
For my fifth and final co-op term, I was a Junior Forest Technician with Coastal Natural Resource Management Ltd. Within this position, I assisted with collecting a variety of measurements and observational data on the streams, ecotypes, and quality of the timber in pre-harvest blocks, as well as engineer how the block would look post-harvest (laying out roads, stream buffers, block boundary, and machine-free zones). It was critical to be an effective communicator and well adapted to work in a team in order to ensure that responsible forest management practices were being followed, as well as being aware of each other’s personal safety.
I was able to work in many far corners of Northern BC, in many mountain ranges not easily accessible to the general urban-dwelling public, and I’m grateful that I had many opportunities to travel with a great team while gaining a stronger understanding of how different components of the forestry industry fit together. This opportunity also allowed for a lot of learning new skills on the fly, where both supervisors and peers were more than welcome to teach or give constructive criticism on the data collected.