Doug Vincent (Photo courtesy Doug Vincent)

Doug Vincent (Photo courtesy Doug Vincent)

Doug Vincent

NCC: What is your position at NCC?

DV: I am the natural area manager for the Bow Region.

NCC: What is your area of work? 

DV: I am responsible for the stewardship work on NCC properties in the Bow Region, which encompasses the area from Calgary west to Banff, and from Longview north to Water Valley.

NCC: Why did you join the NCC team? 

DV: After a number of years in the consulting world, I was looking for something more fulfilling and where I could really make a difference on the ground.

NCC: When did you start with NCC?

DV: I joined the team in January 2017.

NCC: What is your educational background?

DV: I have an undergraduate degree in forest conservation and a MSc in forestry, with a focus on wildlife management, from Lakehead University.

NCC: What is your previous experience?

DV: During my undergrad, I had the opportunity to travel to Ecuador and work with the endangered vicuna in the Andean mountains, determining their habitat requirements. My summers were spent in northern Manitoba conducting forest surveys. I then worked in collaboration with Parks Canada, Ontario Parks and the US National Park Service to investigate the effects of beavers on forest succession in protected areas. After graduating, I got a job with an environmental consulting firm as a wildlife biologist, where I conducted various baseline wildlife surveys to support environmental assessments in Alberta and BC.

NCC: What are your hobbies when you’re not working for NCC?

DV: I try to spend as much of my free time as I can outdoors — from hiking with my dogs to whitewater kayaking. I also volunteer a lot of my time as a member of Cochrane Search and Rescue.

NCC: Do you have a favourite species?

DV: As a former wildlife biologist I find it extremely difficult to pick just one species, but if I had to choose I would choose owls (any species).

NCC: Describe a typical day at work.

DV: Every day is different here at NCC. Some days I may be working in the office completing monitoring reports. Other days I could be meeting with landowners discussing stewardship and yet other days I could be conducting stewardship activities and monitoring conservation easement properties. It keeps me on my toes!

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