Brittany Bonapace (Conservation)

Caitlin LaidlawCity of Surrey, Surrey, BC

For my second work term I worked for the City of Surrey in the Parks department. I was part of the Natural Areas Team which covers all of the parks and urban forests in the city. I worked outdoors every single day and enjoyed it very much. During my first few weeks I was mainly doing planting maintenance which involved removing invasive species around planted trees. Trail pruning season began once bird nesting season was over, and that involved using different types of equipment to prune back vegetation on the trails. I also worked with my supervisor doing odd jobs, such as building/repairing fences, tread repair as well as checking on homeless camps in the urban forests. This co-op work term gave me a lot of good experience and I highly recommend the Forestry Co-op Program to any student that is looking to gain experience in their field of study before graduating.