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Faculty of Forestr Co-op Newsletter

Life After Co-op

Post-graduation success...
One of our co-op graduates, Anna Stemberger, was recently offered a permanent position as the new Climate Action Business Program Analyst with the AGRI Climate Action Team.  Anna is an Articling Agrologist with a B.Sc. in Natural Resources Conservation from UBC, which provided her with a strong background in sustainable landscape and forest management.

Anna has been an active participant in international forest policy work through the United Nations Forum on Forests; this work has taken her to major conferences, including the 2015 Paris conference (COP21). Anna has worked on several key initiatives, including the B.C. Climate Leadership Plan, the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, and the FPT Next Policy Framework. Anna has also supported the Ministry’s GF2 funded climate adaptation program being delivered by the B.C. Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative


Co-op Updates

Winter 2017 numbers (final) 
  • Scheduled for a work term: 48
  • Positions posted: 59
  • Applications sent: 226
  • Interviews: 73
  • Hired: 41 (85% employment rate)
    • Conservation: 18
    • Forestry: 7
    • Urban Forestry: 1
    • Wood: 15
  • International work terms: 6
    • Bolivia: 1
    • Germany: 1
    • Hong Kong: 1
    • Taiwan: 1
    • USA: 2
Summer Numbers (to date)
  • Scheduled for a work term: 181
  • Positions posted: 558
  • Applications sent: 520
  • Interviews: 60
  • Hired: 36 (20% employment rate)
    • Conservation: 8
    • Forestry: 10
    • Forest Sciences: 1
    • Urban Forestry: 1
    • Wood: 16
  • International work terms: 6
    • Bolivia: 1
    • Germany: 1
    • India: 2
    • South Africa: 2

After each work term, students participate in debriefing sessions to evaluate the workplace and reflect on their experiences. This important step in the experiential education model allows for greater awareness among students of the benefits, challenges and direction they would like to take in co-op moving forward. Students who have not yet completed their fall 2016 work term debriefing will receive an email asking them to sign-up via the Doodle Poll.
LinkedIn Photo
Every year we offer co-op students an opportunity to replace their LinkedIn profile pics with something more professional. LinkedIn is a great way to showcase skills and experiences that may not fit on your resume and can help you remain in touch with important industry contacts you meet during your work terms. To get the clean head shot you need to convey a professional image on LinkedIn, join us:
  • Friday, Feb 10
  • Drop in between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM
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Co-op Nights
With improvements based on our audience surveys, Co-op Nights have continued to grow and evolve while responding to the changing needs of various stakeholders. This year the Conservation, Forestry, Forest Sciences and Urban Forestry co-op night cut the event length in half, added a safety presentation facilitated by an employer and refined the food options offered to guests. Student presenters at both nights continue the tradition of impressing guests with their innovative solutions and professional growth. Thank you to all our student presenters and guests for making these events such a great success! 

Student Stories

David Ruan
Forsite, Fort St. John, BC

Although being a Forestry Technician is one of the most challenging jobs in the forestry industry, I really enjoy this position since I receive tons of valuable opportunities to gain experience and learn details about managing a timber harvest operation. Working for Forsite provides me with a unique chance to learn while being in the woods. The integrated analysis of the data from “recce”, boundary layout, road layout, traversing, stream assessing and timber cruising helps me to fully explore all the complexities within a block and helps us develop a detailed harvesting plan. More importantly, I have made strong friendships with my co-workers since one of the most crucial elements of working in forestry is being able to rely on your team. As shown in the picture to the left, sometimes a block is not as easy to get into as one might hope! Unexpected things always seem to happen in the forest but it is important not to let these challenges ruin your mood. I thank the UBC Forestry Co-op Program for giving me a tremendous amount of help in terms of crafting a resume and developing the skills needed for a successful interview with an employer.
Caitlin Laidlaw
UBC Landscapes and Livelihoods Lab, Malawi

For my first co-op work term I lived and worked as a Research Assistant in Zomba, Malawi! This opportunity gave me the chance to combine my passion for both the social and natural sciences, and desire to work abroad. Our research is aimed at uncovering to what degree the local people of Malawi depend on forest resources. At first, field days consisted of using Google Earth to navigate through local villages at the base of the Zomba-Malosa forest reserve, where we conducted household surveys. As the work term progressed we began following villagers up the Zomba plateau and into the forest reserve to conduct forest plots and GPS the location of their fuel wood collection. By working with masters students, PhD students, and UBC professors, I was able to gain valuable insight into the varying stages of academia. I have also learned how a research question is formed, turned into a project, and implemented in the field. I am extremely happy I joined the Co-op Program, as it has opened doors that I could not have found myself. I strongly recommend the Forestry Co-op Program to anyone considering it. You never know where it could take you!
Jennifer Hong
Parks Canada, Vancouver, BC

For my first work term in the Forestry Co-op Program, I worked as an Outreach Team Member on the Vancouver Outreach Team for Parks Canada. My job was to raise public awareness of the national parks system, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas throughout Western Canada. During my work term, I developed presentations and programs to present to the general public about wildlife safety, species at risk, and Canada’s newest national park, Naat’, hch’oh National Park Reserve. I couldn’t have been happier with my first work term with Parks Canada as it has allowed me to communicate my classroom knowledge to others and taught me how to do so in a creative way. Working with Parks Canada has definitely opened my eyes to several career options and helped me learn more about myself.
Brittany Bonapace
City 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.

Employer Testimonial

Nathan Ross
Program Coordinator
Surrey's Natural Areas Partnership

Surrey's Natural Areas Partnership (SNAP) brings together three local non-profit societies with the City of Surrey to restore and enhance natural areas and promote environmental stewardship across Surrey. Aside from myself, SNAP is run completely by students and so without their involvement, the partnership would not exist. Having the students come on board each year is a huge boost to the capacity of Surrey’s Urban Forestry and Environmental Programs Parks section, especially in the summer months when there is a large increase in natural area restoration projects and outreach activities. In addition to the support SNAP provides for the City’s existing programs, the students also benefit our non-profit partner groups by acting as hands-on stewards of their parks and increasing the exposure of their organizations to the public. A key aspect of SNAP is to provide students with valuable work experience in natural area management and environmental outreach and education. Students like the ones we’ve hired this summer from the Faculty of Forestry work on either habitat restoration or environmental outreach projects to not only build career experience, but work towards the shared goals of the partner groups. Working with us is a really great stepping stone for co-op students interested in careers in urban forestry and environmental stewardship and many of the City of Surrey’s own Urban Forestry department employees started in SNAP.

Hire Co-op

Funding opportunity
With our Co-op program continuously growing, we have over 200 students looking for summer employment this year. If you are a not-for-profit organization, public-sector employers (including most UBC faculties and departments) or a private small business, the Canada Summer Jobs 2017 Program can provide the funding you need to hire students who are willing to learn and acquire the skills related to their field of study.

The application deadline is February 3, 2017. See application instructions to get started!
For specific questions about completing the application or your application status, please contact Service Canada’s helpline at 1-800-935-5555.

Volunteer Opportunities

Build your resume at SNAP!

Nature Guide
The Nature Guide program equips volunteers with training and development in local ecology, interpretation, and leadership skills. Help lead nature walks and host activities throughout the City of Surrey’s parks.
  • 18+ years old
  • Committed to training sessions, homework, and volunteering
  • Some knowledge of local flora and fauna
  • Friendly and comfortable speaking with the public
  • Willing to work in adverse weather conditions
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Able to travel throughout Surrey
  • Strong communication skills (English)
  Deadline is February 6th, 2017
Urban Forestry Leader
UFLs will receive training in plant identification, restoration ecology, invasive plant removal, wildlife monitoring, and group instruction and supervision for this leadership role.
  • 18+ years old
  • Comfortable to work in adverse weather conditions
  • Friendly and comfortable speaking to small groups
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Able to travel throughout Surrey
  • Strong communication skills 
  • Able to attend a mandatory training session in the spring of 2017 (DATE TBA)
Deadline is February 6th, 2017

Students Without Borders
The Uniterra program has volunteer opportunities from across the world under WUSC and CECI. Their objective is to increase economic power for women and youth in Uniterra countries programs. For student opportunities click here.
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Questions? Comments? Suggestions?

Tony Loring
Co-op Coordinator - Faculty of Forestry
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4, Canada
Tel: 604-827-5196