Student Stories


Alexander Girard (Conservation)
As a junior co-op student I was hired as a potato scout for E.S. Cropconsult, an environmental consulting company. My work involved monitoring the presence of insects and pathogens in agricultural crops, and using that information to provide spray recommendations to growers. This allowed the growers to make more informed decisions about the application of pesticides, rather than following a fixed spray schedule, ultimately helping to curb the overuse of pesticides. Read more...


Carrie Huang (Forestry)
I worked last summer in 100 Mile House for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO). As a co-op student working for the Ministry I had the luxury of learning and working with numerous branches that are a part of FLNRO. Read more...


John Vieira (Wood Products Processing)
During my most recent Co-op placement, I had the opportunity to travel to Okayama University in Japan. As Okayama University hopes to build a good connection with UBC, one of the modes of achieving this connection is through the establishment of an internship program like Forestry Co-op. As a Co-op Project Assistant, my role was to work alongside other Japanese university students in workplaces related to the forestry sector. Read more...


Molly Dube (Forest Sciences)
My first two co-op terms were as a Student Research Assistant at the Agassiz Research and Development Centre of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. My time was split between working in the field collecting water samples, working in a laboratory analyzing, processing, and storing water and soil samples, and conducting data analysis. Read more...


Brittany Bonapace (Conservation)
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. Read more...