Katelyn Ceh (Photo courtesy Katelyn Ceh)
NCC: What is your position at NCC?
KC: I am the manager of conservation for the parklands and grasslands.
NCC: What is your area of work?
KC: I am responsible for managing and stewarding NCC’s properties in northwest Alberta. Most of my work is conducted in the Upper North Saskatchewan River basin, which is located west of Edmonton. I also manage NCC’s properties near Grande Prairie and Peace River.
NCC: Why did you join the NCC team?
KC: Throughout university, I became very passionate about conserving the diverse landscapes of Alberta and thought NCC would be a great fit for me. After my internship in 2013, I was determined to build a career in private land conservation, because I was inspired by the people I worked with, both within the NCC team as well as external partners and landowners.
NCC: When did you start with NCC?
KC: I was an intern in central Alberta in 2013 and I returned to NCC in April 2014 in my current role.
NCC: What is your educational background?
KC: I have a bachelor of science degree in environmental conservation sciences and a major in conservation biology from the University of Alberta.
NCC: What is your previous experience?
KC: I spent some of my summers during university working as a research assistant. After graduation, I was an NCC intern for a summer. I also worked in the environmental consulting industry, where my focus was pre-disturbance assessments and site remediation.
NCC: What are your hobbies, when you’re not working for NCC?
KC: I enjoy anything that gets me outside! I especially love camping, hiking, biking, snowshoeing and spending time with my horse.
NCC: Do you have a favourite species?
KC: I can’t pick one favourite, but I always get excited when I spot a larch tree. They are especially beautiful in the fall.
NCC: Describe a typical day at work.
KC: I’m not sure that there is a typical day at NCC. I spend a lot of my time working with partners, landowners and volunteers to manage and steward our properties. In the summer, the bulk of my time is taken up by stewardship work, such as fencing, removing invasive species and monitoring NCC properties. I love that there are endless opportunities to learn new things and explore the multifaceted nature of conservation work.