Doug Vincent (Photo courtesy of Doug Vincent)
NCC: What is your position at NCC?
DV: I am the habitat acquisition manager for the Alberta Region.
NCC: What is your area of work?
DV: I oversees all conservation aspects of Alberta Region’s land acquisition program.
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: I was a natural area manager with NCC before moving into this role. Previously I was a wildlife biologist with an environmental consulting firm, where I conducted various baseline wildlife surveys to support environmental assessments in Alberta and BC. During my academic career, I travelled to Ecuador to determine their habitat requirements of the endangered vicuna, conducted forest surveys in northern Manitoba, and worked in collaboration with Parks Canada, Ontario Parks and the U.S. National Park Service to investigate the effects of beavers on forest succession in protected areas.
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: There is always something new and exciting coming across my desk. I am the primary contact for landowners who are considering working with NCC, and I spend a portion of the day talking to them about the conservations tools we can provide to help them conserve their land. I also conduct the preliminary assessments for potential new projects, commission appraisals, and negotiate and complete land transactions.