Emma LaRocque (Photo courtesy Emma LaRocque)
NCC: What is your position at NCC?
EL: I’m the natural area manager for the Southern Foothills.
NCC: What is your area of work?
EL: The best (short) description of my job would be a liaison between the organization and the communities that I work in. This includes working with a wide array of landowners, leaseholders, industry, other organizations, interns and volunteers to plan and implement stewardship and conservation projects.
NCC: Why did you join the NCC team?
EL: This position is a great opportunity for me to be involved in conservation on a landscape scale and work with the ranching community.
NCC: When did you start with NCC?
EL: May 2018.
NCC: What is your educational background?
EL: I graduated from Lethbridge College in April 2018 with a B.ASc. in ecosystem management. Prior to that, I did two years of earth and environmental sciences through the Central Wyoming College.
NCC: What is your previous experience?
EL: I have spent many hours working on the family ranch, from fencing to developing a grazing plan and pretty much everything in between. My technical experience includes predator-livestock conflict with the Community Oriented Wolf Strategy, species at risk work with MultiSAR, and two seasons as a summer conservation technician with NCC.
NCC: What are your hobbies when you’re not working for NCC?
EL: Most of my free time is spent at the family ranch helping out, which is great because it allows me to be outside a lot doing things like hiking (aka fencing), swimming (after a long day of fencing), and hanging out with family (while we are fencing).
NCC: Do you have a favourite species?
EL: That’s a hard one. I’m a pretty big bird nerd so I love a lot of the birds. But if you could take all the wonderful things about early spring and turn that into a sound, I think it would be the winnowing of the Wilson’s snipe. It reminds me of running around barefoot as a kid, hunting for frogs, mud squishing up between my toes. Plus, after a winter around here, anything that means spring is coming is something to get excited about.
NCC: Describe a typical day at work.
EL: One of the wonderful things about this job is that it’s often hard to predict, especially during field season. Most of the time you will be going out to a property and/or have a meeting with a partner, but each property is different, and each day you see something new, or meet someone new, or learn something new. During the winter it’s a lot more paperwork, but there are almost more opportunities to meet and collaborate with partners because summer is such a busy time for those of us whose work focuses on the growing season.