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 Resources Management)

Aaron Tansley (Forest Resources 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.

Kristina Kshatriya (BSFS)

Kristina Kshatriya (BSFS)

I started working at the Michael Smith Laboratories in January 2016 and have ended my third and final co-op term in Dr. Jörg Bohlmann’s lab. The project that I have been working on in 2016 is about resin vesicles in conifer seeds. I focused on on the anatomy and ultrastructure of resin vesicles, the biochemistry of seed resins, and the development of resin vesicles in seeds throughout growing season. In addition to collecting and analyzing data, I have had the opportunity to present my results during several poster and oral presentations and am now starting to write up my results for publication. By working at the lab for a year I was able to engage in many aspects of the project that I otherwise would not have been able to do, allowing me to grow as a student and as a researcher.

Yuan Lan (WOOD)

Yuan Lan (WOOD)

It is hard to believe how much I have learned and explored since my work term at Loewen Windows. I worked as a wood processing engineer and joined a wood cutstock optimization team, which aims to optimize the product processes and redesign the product cutstock. I want to mention that before I came to UBC as an international student, I have never imagined that I would work in the real industry before my graduation. The Co-op program helped me explore myself as a wood processing student and pushed me to step out from the school paperwork into the real world practice. I appreciate this great job opportunity that UBC Forestry Co-op and Loewen Windows has given to me. I would recommend that students join this program as it has brought me fantastic and valuable work experience.

Cody Lai (BUF)

Cody Lai (BUF)

For my second co-op term, I was in South Africa working with the Stellenbosch University in the Forest and Science Department. This placement was beyond what I expected and it was a culture shock when I initially arrived. The culture and norms here are unlike Canada’s and it was a challenge to adapt. Differences extended from forestry operations to day to day living. My job position has also allowed me to travel all around South Africa such as Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban. This co-op term has been an amazing experience in diversify my knowledge in forestry and the world!

Kevin Mah (BSF)

Kevin Mah (BSF)

My first Co-op work term was in the interior of BC, a marked difference from the coast of BC where I lived much of my life. It was a new experience living in a city so different from Vancouver, and a useful one too as I learned a great deal by traversing roads, boundaries, and deflection lines. I learned a lot of practical lessons, like how to drive on muddy resource roads, how to ride an ATV and load it onto a truck properly, and why it is very important to make sure the wind isn’t blowing into your face when you are using spray paint. I would highly recommend Co-Op to others as it really helped me strengthen and develop my resume and improve my interview skills to attain this position at Forsite.

Winy Vasquez (BSC)

Winy Vasquez (BSC)

I spent the summer of 2017 working for the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) in Uttarakhand, India. Being able to spend a co-op term working abroad has been an invaluable experience that has not only taught me about working in conservation research, but has also helped me to acquire the life skills needed to work and live abroad. Being able to gain research experience while exploring India has been an incredible opportunity and a great way to end my undergraduate degree. Along with my first co-op work term in Chile and my second co-op work term in a research lab in UBC, the co-op program has given me the chance to walk away with not only a degree I’m passionate about but also the professional experience to back it up.

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