City of Pickering, Pickering, ON
For my first co-op work term I worked with the City of Pickering in the Horticulture department. During that term I worked on the maintenance and creation of gardens as well as identification of invasive species. Most days I was involved in planting, tilling, weeding, watering and edging gardens. Often I was sent out to gardens and forests where there have been complaints to remedy the situation at hand. During this term I learned how to use many machines that I have never worked with before (such as ride on mowers, tillers and trimmers). I even had to learn more about driving bigger vehicles including a one ton truck. After a few weeks, under the guidance of my supervisors, I was sent to work alone during peak periods. I applied for this position in the past when I was not a co-op student and did not get hired. Co-op helped me to rework my cover letter and resume and I believe this is one of the main reasons why I was able to get hired for this job this year.