I was able to fund my early adventures and pay my own way through university thanks to valuable skills I acquired building and renovating houses as a carpenter, painter, and general contractor. These remain as highly valued skills even as I have moved on to Research and Forestry.
Upon finishing my MSc, I registered as a Forester-in-Training with the Association of BC Forest Professionals. My goal is to become a Registered Professional Forester, a designation legislated by the Foresters Act the exclusive right to practice professional forestry in BC. Obtaining this designation requires major effort, including two years of articling time under a professional forester, extensive coursework, and self study modules, which are tested via exams and assignments. This path provides me an avenue to not only diversify my knowledge and skillset in all matters relevant to forests, but also to better contextualize my research within the actual challenges, information needs, and uncertainties of BC forest management. Given the rising complexity of forest management issues and the uncertainties posed by climate change for BC forests, there is a major need for skilled foresters with research backgrounds.
To complete the two year articling, my first articling job with an 8-month long internship at the UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge. I led a major forest inventory of the research forest that employed Lidar, orthophotos, and 67 field plots. I then worked for 2-months as a data consultant at the Center for International Forestry Research in Bogor, Indonesia. Finally, I articled at a local consulting firm Diamond Head Consulting, which does a wide variety of planning, forestry, and biology consulting and field operations. My main role was in consulting arboriculture so I also gained my International Standards of Arboriculture Certification and Tree Risk Assessment Qualification.
I am finishing up my last few months articling time as well as remaining coursework and self-study modules while I complete my PhD at UBC, as well as some remaining coursework.