Student Stories


Ian Mott (Natural Resources Conservation)
I am working as a GIS analyst for Vancouver-based geo-analytics company FYBR Solutions. FYBR provides clients in the forestry industry with services and training in the acquisition of drone imagery and then uses photogrammetry and spectral analysis to derive useful information from that data. My time here has helped me expand my knowledge and skillset in geographic information systems (GIS) software and data analysis, R statistical language, and machine-learning applications. Read more...


Zhiyun Cheng (Forest Sciences)
In the fall of 2018, I was lucky enough to work in Okayama University, Japan. Here, I was able to work in different companies or labs with each one focused on different areas. So far, I had worked in forestry sectors including forest management, forest ecology research, and carpentry. In this picture, you can see me using engine-powered chainsaw to cut trees in the forest. Besides, I also did forest measurement work, visited biomass factory, collected mushrooms, did fieldwork and wood products processing. Read more...


Victoria Diederichs (Forestry)
I have been working on a timber cruising contract on the northern tip of Williston Lake. As a timber cruiser, I am responsible for completing thorough, efficient plots so that the data can be used in the management planning for that block and area. After work, I mostly live in remote tent camps, which adds an entirely different layer to my working experience. Read more...


Tarek Koudmani (Forestry)
This was my first work term in co-op, and my job was a Forest Technician, working for Forsite in Mackenzie. Most of my days are spent doing timber development, essentially preparing the block for harvest. Some of my most common tasks are laying out boundary, and roads, as well as traversing and assessing streams. Read more...


Andrew Ferguson (Natural Resources Conservation)
For my second co-op term I have been working for the British Columbia Conservation Foundation as part of the Spartina Control Crew. This crew is made by possible by the collaboration of numerous stakeholders throughout the lower mainland, including the cities of Vancouver, Delta, Surrey, Port Moody, as well as, Environment Canada, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and Ducks Unlimited Canada. Read more...