Save the Date for our next Co-op Presentation Night - Jan 28, 2016. Students available to hire for January work term...
Faculty of Forestr Co-op Newsletter

You're invited!

Join us for the Faculty of Forestry Co-op Presentation Night! 
Selected senior and intermediate co-op students in the Forestry, Conservation, Forest Sciences and Wood Products Processing programs will deliver presentations on their recent co-op work terms. Also, work term posters from selected junior co-op students will be on display. This is a great networking opportunity to meet our students, industry guests, and faculty members.

Please note that not all of the students will be presenting at this event.  The final program confirming student presenters will be available in January.
When: January 28, 2016, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Forest Sciences Centre - Room 1005
Map: Find your way
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Are you a co-op student looking for a way to strengthen your resume? Volunteer at Co-op Night! We can't put on this fantastic event without your help. Sign-up via the Doodle Poll.  

Co-op Updates

Winter 2016 numbers: 
  • Scheduled for a work term: 51
  • Hired: 26 (51% employment rate)
    • Conservation: 8
    • Forestry: 2
    • Forest Sciences: 2
    • Wood: 14
  • Seeking: 25
  • International work terms: 2
    • 1 Germany
    • 1 South Africa
  • Students are available to be hired until the end of January 2016.

Summer 2016 numbers: 
  • Scheduled for a work term: 225
  • Hired: 38 (17% employment rate)
    • Conservation: 8
    • Forestry: 17
    • Forest Sciences: 3
    • Urban Forestry: 1
    • Wood: 9
  • Seeking: 187
  • International work terms: 2
    • 1 Germany
    • 1 South Africa
Community Forests
Thanks to a generous gift from an anonymous donor, the UBC Faculty of Forestry is able to provide two community forests with 2 students each for the summer. This year several community forests put forward proposals and we selected the Khowutzun (located on Vancouver Island near Duncan) and Cheslatta (located near Francois Lake outside of Burns Lake) Community Forests. Students will be selected for these positions in January. 
Fall Work Term Assignments
While students are away on a work term they are required to complete a Co-op Assignment, assignment releases (student & employer) and final evaluation forms (student & employer). Those working during the fall term should be working towards the following deadlines:
  • Jan 8 – Deadline for presentation slides and posters
  • Jan 15 – Deadline for written reports, assignment release forms and final evaluation forms
Consult chapter 12 of the Co-op Student Handbook for detailed instructions on co-op assignments.
Student Q&A
Before we admit anyone into the Co-op Program, students must complete Co-op Workshops to help them develop resume, cover letter, interview, and various other workplace skills. During one of these workshops students were invited to submit their questions about resumes and cover letters and we are sharing our answers to these questions for the benefit of all our students:
Work Term Checklist
As a co-op student scheduled to begin a work term in January, you will be required to submit various forms at different times. To make your life easier we have assembled everything you need below. Once you have completed each required form using the fillable PDF document, please save your results and email it to your Co-op Coordinator.

Student Stories

Luke Allen - Mendocino Redwood Company, California, USA
My recent co-op work term was with the Mendocino Redwood Company (MRC) in Northern California. MRC owns forest land in Mendocino County and is partnered with the Humbolt Redwood Company, in Humbolt County, creating a strong presence in the California forest industry. As this was my first work term as a co-op student, I appreciate that I was able to learn a myriad of new things! I worked as a Seasonal Forest Inventory Technician, cruising the redwood/Douglas-fir stands. I learned how to ride an ATV, use a relascope, and do accurate, efficient variable and fixed radius plots. Both MRC and UBC's Forestry Co-op Program have ensured that I am fully prepared for the challenges of the workplace. Cheers to Northern California!
Kevin Chan – Western Forest Products, Ladysmith, BC
Working at Western Forest Products contributed towards my growth as a member of the forestry industry. The most valuable lesson I learned during my co-op work term was the management of information; even the finest of details are worth thorough consideration. I was involved in many quality and process control duties at Saltair Sawmill with a focus on dust control. My general responsibilities involved managing maintenance work orders, performing house-keeping audits and working with senior quality control employees to solve size-control problems. I also had the opportunity to set-up cut programs and run simulations with cutting edge log-optimizing software.  From my experience, the Forestry Co-op Program is an excellent way to gain exposure to a promising industry and discover what options are open within your degree.
Kristina Kshatriya – Metsähallitus, Finland
I started my first co-op term with Metsähallitus, the Finnish Forest and Parks Service, in May 2015 and had the opportunity to experience many aspects of Finnish forestry throughout that summer. My tasks changed often, which allowed me the opportunity to work at the science centre Pilke with school groups in the forest and indoors, I helped with the organization of several international and national conferences, planted trees with other university students, took forest inventory measurements with the forest planning team, and helped construct a trail with the parks and wildlife team in the Arctic Circle Hiking Area. Living and working in Lapland was an amazing experience - from learning about the impacts of reindeer husbandry on the forest to wading through Finland's swamp ecosystems, this co-op work term allowed me to see me forestry from a new, international perspective.   

Employer Testimonial

Dr. Kirsi-Marja Korhonen - Regional director, Metsähallitus, Finland
Co-op students have a positive effect on our workplace. In Finnish forestry almost all of the workers are Finns and foreign students give our employees a possibility to work with people from different backgrounds. Hiring UBC Forestry Co-op students means that our foresters need to explain their work, and answer questions from a new angle which helps us to further examine current practices. Working with foreign students brings new ideas and enables our staff to further develop their English language skills. Having this international connection also exposes our forest specialists, who may never have worked abroad, to new ways of working in forestry.

Diamond Jubilee Scholarships

International Work Terms
One of the many benefits of being a Co-op student is having access to opportunities that would otherwise not be available. One of these opportunities is Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships which provides funding for Co-op students in the Forestry, Forest Sciences, Natural Resources Conservation and Urban Forestry programs to complete a co-op work term in India or Africa. This summer we have posted three opportunities for students:
  1. Wildlife Institute of India (WII) 
  2. Kerala Agricultural University 
  3. FRIM and AFRICAD 
Applications are due on January 5th, 2016. Detailed information about each posting is available on the Co-op Jobs Website. 

Interview Tips

Getting ready for summer!
Students have already started interviewing for jobs that begin this summer, but the bulk of interviews have yet to begin. To help students prepare for interviews we have been gathering feedback from various employers and here is a selection of what they are saying:

Research the position and know what skills are required of you. If you are not sure what the job entails, speak with your Co-op Coordinator before the interview. You need to know what you are applying for to know how to answer questions. You will benefit from thinking about the requirements associated with the job and trying to tailor your answers to make linkages between your experience and the requirements of the position.  Don’t expect the employer to make these connections for you! 

Stand Out
Be memorable! Treat the interview as you would a conversation. While it is important to practice and prepare before an interview, it is also important to be yourself and show your personality. At the end of the day the interviewer should remember who you are. Be authentic when answering questions. Don’t be afraid to say what you think, to elaborate on what you mean, and to enjoy the exchange between you and your prospective new employer!

It is also important to answer all questions as thoroughly as possible. Being nervous is to be expected but many employers have commented that students need to shake away their jitters and focus on what they are saying. Nerves can cause you to exit answers too quickly without fully developing your point. Remember the START technique, especially the “Transfer”. If you have not been working in industry related jobs, you will need to impress employers with your transferable skills. 
Watch your body language! Bad posture, lack of eye contact, fidgeting, appearing disinterested or forgetting to smile can undermine your best intentions in an interview. Sit tall, look into the eyes of the person asking the questions, fold your hands if needed, lean forward in your seat, nod your head to show you are listening and show warmth by smiling at everyone you meet (from the reception desk to the interview room).  
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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