Natural Resources Conservation
For my first work term, I had the opportunity to travel to the Okayama Prefecture of Japan, and through an internship with Okayama University, I got to participate in a diverse range of jobs that covered the various branches of the country’s forestry industry.
For my fourth co-op term, I worked as a Jr. Resource Technician for the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development in northeastern B.C. My job involved helping Research Silviculturists assess fire hazard at the Tumbler Ridge community forest with the purpose of informing future silviculture prescriptions.
For my fourth work term, I continued working as a Forestry Research Assistant at Stellenbosch University under Dr. Pierre Ackerman. In this photo, I was in Mpumalanga, South Africa conducting time study trials on the Malwa 560c harvester/forwarder.
On my second term with the South Coast Land Authorizations team with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources and Rural Development. My role as Land Authorizations Coordinator changes constantly which makes every day a learning opportunity!
Working as a Co-op Program Assistant in the Dean’s Office at the Faculty of Forestry has been a great opportunity for me to develop professional, interpersonal, and computer skills.
For my third co-op work term, I worked with Canature Processing Ltd. on lab analyses. Although I was previously employed in this company as a part-timer, I had gained a lot throughout the work term. One of my main responsibilities was to conduct nutrition analysis for both raw materials and finished goods, and checking if their quality passes a threshold standard.
For my second work term, I was an Arborist for Royal Wood Tree Care, a company based in Delta that serves Vancouver´s Metropolitan region. On my first day, I was surprised by the speed that we had to work in order to compete with other, much bigger, companies like Bartlett or Davey, and make a profit. I was told by my co-workers that, because of the pace of each job I would not be able to get any training from them.
For my winter co-op term I worked with the B.C. Ministry of Forests as an Authorizations Assistant in the Prince George district. Primarily, my job entailed receiving and reviewing permitting documents such as cruise plans and cruise checks.
I spent my third co-op term working for the Wildlife Institute of India as an intern in the Landscape Ecology and Visualization Lab. My job was to design my own research project around investigating the outcome of conservation investments within the Great Himalayan National Park, and the eco-development zone surrounding it.
While I was in South India, I was immersed in local conservation issues, with a particular focus on human-wildlife conflict. A few co-workers and I got to visit Indu, Sandhya and Jayanthi – three rescued temple elephants at a care facility. They are such gentle giants!