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Rachel Amundsen (Natural Resources Conservation)

Rachel Amundsen (Natural Resources Conservation)

As a summer student, I had the opportunity to work closely with a Registered Professional Forester in many aspects of pre and post-harvest development both in field work and data compilation as well as aiding in recreational trail management and forest education.
Before I joined Co-op and worked for the Creston Community Forest I was not sure what career path I wanted to follow. With the skills and exposure I have gained working with the Community Forest I now know I want to pursue a career in forest management. I could not have asked for a better first forestry job and Co-op work term and look forward to more terms!

Paul Lang (Wood Products Processing)

Paul Lang (Wood Products Processing)

Hey UBC Forestry! Paul here. I am quite excited to share my experiences at my current 8 month Co-op placement at Lauten Woodworking Limited. Lauten Woodworking is a manufacturer of high quality residential and commercial millwork located out of North Vancouver. My position at Lauten has given me insight into how a woodworking company runs. I have always been aiming towards a career in the secondary side of wood product processing and this position has confirmed my aspirations. Thank you to the Co-op program and to Lauten Woodworking for making this opportunity possible!

Erik Alonso (Natural Resources Conservation)

Erik Alonso (Natural Resources Conservation)

I spent my first co-op work term working as a research assistant in Sally Aitken’s Forest Genetics lab in the Faculty of Forestry, studying genetic adaptations of trees to climate and other environmental conditions. The workload was very versatile and I was tasked with a variety of things from lab and computer work, to growing and taking care of seedlings in a greenhouse and even doing some fieldwork around the province, phenotyping trees and collecting samples. It’s been an excellent opportunity to work with great, very knowledgeable people. This co-op position has allowed me to learn some of the ins and outs of research both out on the field and in a lab environment, which will undoubtedly be great for me moving forward in my degree and career.

Alexia Constantinou (Forest Sciences)

Alexia Constantinou (Forest Sciences)

One of the best ways to prepare ourselves for globalization and the new economy is to fully engage in our studies, and to seek out experiential education opportunities that will bring theory and practice together. And what better way to do that is with an international co-op experience. My assignment was situated in Pudasjarvi – a remote part of lower Lapland and I had the opportunity to work with planners, implement conservation methods and monitoring exercises, as well as planting as part of a regeneration exercise. Co-op for me means learning on the ground, from real practitioners, and positioning myself to be a formidable candidate in an increasingly global marketplace. Coming home with new experiences, ideas and skills means I will be ready for my career.

Aaron Tansley (Forest Resource Management)

Aaron Tansley (Forest Resource Management)

My second co-op work term is with The Sharing Farm located in Richmond, BC. My responsibilities on the farm included preparing beds to be seeded, removing unwanted and invasive plants, maintaining vegetation within greenhouses etc. During my time working at The Sharing Farm I’ve been given the opportunity to see the processes required to manage a farm, and the problems that a farm located in an urban environment causes. I recommend the co-op program to all students as it’s an excellent way for students to gain invaluable work experience in their field of study, and to expand their horizons.

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