Stephanie Jaffary (Photo courtesy Stephanie Jaffary)

Stephanie Jaffary (Photo courtesy Stephanie Jaffary)

Stephanie Jaffray

NCC: What is your position at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)?

SJ: I am the natural area manager for Waterton West.

NCC: What is your area of work? 

SJ: I will be working alongside the natural area manager for Waterton East, Anne Stevick, and will be covering the Waterton Natural Area, west of the Waterton River.

NCC: Why did you join the NCC team?

SJ: Working for NCC has provided me the unique opportunity to work with landowners and leaseholders to conserve working landscapes and protect the habitats for the species that depend on them. The majority of my working life has been spent in agriculture and conservation. After a short time away from it, I realized there was no other place I would rather be than on the landscape, working with people who care for it as much as I do.

NCC: When did you start with NCC?

SJ: January 9, 2017.

NCC: What is your educational background?

SJ: I have a BSc in environmental science from the University of Lethbridge and an MSc in environmental management from Royal Roads.

NCC: What is your previous experience?

SJ: My first “real” job out of university was with St. Mary River Irrigation District as a wildlife habitat technician, delivering the Partners in Habitat Development program throughout most of the irrigation districts in southern Alberta. Following that, I was the executive director for the Oldman Watershed Council for five years. I recently finished covering two maternity leaves as a rangeland agrologist for Alberta Environment and Parks. Most of my work was in the Pincher Creek area and in the Bow/Kananaskis Forest Reserve.

I am currently working towards earning my PAg designation with the Alberta Institute of Agrologists.

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

SJ: I love spending money on camera equipment and photographing the great outdoors. I love music and have attempted to teach myself to play the guitar. I have recently taken up the great and frustrating game of golf, as it allows me to spend more quality time with my husband (even though the game usually makes me mad).

NCC: Do you have a favourite species?

SJ: I have a special place in my heart for foothills rough fescue.

NCC: Describe a typical day at work.

SJ: Right now it’s a lot of learning the ropes. With a big organization like NCC, there is no shortage of things in which to immerse yourself. I am realizing that no two days are really alike. I am looking forward to getting out and meeting all of the landowners and leaseholders in my area and spending time in one of the most beautiful places in Alberta.

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