Student Stories


Austin Gess (Natural Resources Conservation)
As a co-op student working for TJ Consulting LTD, an environmental consultant based out of the Cariboo, I have been provided countless opportunities to further my forestry and environmental management skills in a hands-on environment. Read more...


Austin Gess (Natural Resources Conservation)
As a co-op student working for West Fraser, one of Canada's top 100 employers, I have been given the opportunity to further develop my forestry skills in a professional, friendly environment. West Fraser has provided me with the tools and resources I need to flourish as a young worker in the forestry industry. For the past 6 months I have been working within West Fraser's Williams Lake Division as a part of their woodlands team. Read more...


Chloe Williams (Natural Resources Conservation)
In January 2015, I left Canada’s icy landscape and moved to Stellenbosch, South Africa, to complete my last three co-op work terms. Under the mentorship of Dr Pierre Ackerman, I am working as a research assistant for the Department of Forest and Wood Science at Stellenbosch University. For the past three months, I have been involved with studies that focus on maximizing harvesting operations’ productivities and optimizing the wood supply chain. Read more...


Luca Marsaglia (Natural Resources Conservation)
My work is divided between the morning and the night. In the morning I have been planting trees in the tropical dry forest in the area of Chacocente according to the reforestation project initiated by LCI Nicaragua. This morning work site includes screaming monkeys and crazy looking trees. The work is challenging sometimes because it gets very hot but the landscape and the wildlife make everything worth the effort. At night I have been collecting sea turtle eggs in order to prevent predators and people from getting to them. Read more...


Grace Zheng (Forest Resources Management)
I completed my first 2 co-op work terms at Forsite Consultant Ltd in Kamloops, BC. I grew into this job and the friendly crew that I was working with, and continuously expanded my knowledge of the forest industry. Throughout the summer and into the fall, my position involved completing stream assessments, road traverse, silviculture prescriptions, boundary layout and GPSing for Tolko Heffely and BCTS Kamloops. Read more...