Alexandra Heathcote, NCC conservation intern, doing field work (Photo by NCC)

Alexandra Heathcote, NCC conservation intern, doing field work (Photo by NCC)

British Columbia's 2018 interns

Each year, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) hires summer interns to help out in the office and in the field. This year, we have interns in stewardship, geographic information systems (GIS) and communications. Amy, Jake, Katie and Ella bring a range of experiences to NCC and are working across the British Columbia region.

Meet the interns

Amy Nielsen - GIS intern for the BC region for summer 2018

Amy Nielsen - GIS intern for the BC region for summer 2018

Amy Nielsen - GIS

Where are you from?

Victoria, BC.

What is your educational background?

I just finished up a diploma in arts and science. I will be heading to the University of Victoria in September to complete my bachelor's of science in geography and environmental studies.

What are your career goals?

I am interested in working in conservation and possibly community planning in the future. Most importantly though, at the end of the day, I want to feel proud of the work that I do and feel as though I’ve made a positive contribution to my community.

Where are you working for NCC this summer?

In the Victoria office.

What is your favourite place to be outdoors in BC?

I love the Juan De Fuca Provincial Park Area. The rocky coastlines are incredible and diverse, and the forests are lush and green. It’s such a quick trip from town too, so it’s easy to visit there on the weekends.

What are your hobbies?

I enjoy hiking, travelling and exploring new cultures. My vacations are usually planned around where I can find the best food and where I can find the most unique natural areas or features. Our planet is so diverse when it comes to landscapes.

What is your favourite BC species?

The western red cedar is my favourite species in British Columbia. It’s a beautiful tree, and walking among giant western red cedars is such a humbling experience.

What are you most looking forward to as an NCC summer intern?

I am most looking forward to learning the processes involved in land conservation and seeing the behind-the-scenes work that goes into protecting Canada’s important natural areas. I am also excited to meet and work with some of today’s leaders in conservation.

 


Jake Stead - conservation intern for the BC region for summer 2018

Jake Stead - conservation intern for the BC region for summer 2018

Jake Stead - Stewardship

Where are you from?

Summerland (Okanagan), BC.

What is your educational background?

Fourth-year bachelor's in geography (concentration in environmental sustainability) with a minor in environmental studies.

What are your career goals?

To have a job that doesn’t feel like work.

Where are you working for NCC this summer?

The Canadian Rockies Region.

What is your favourite place to be outdoors in BC?

Vancouver island – second favourite: Canadian Rockies!

What are your hobbies? 

Hiking/camping, outdoor sports, reading, music.

What is your favourite BC species?

Probably the gray wolf.

What are you most looking forward to as an NCC summer intern?

Getting out in the field!


Katie Tribe - conservation intern for the BC region for summer 2018

Katie Tribe - conservation intern for the BC region for summer 2018

Katie Tribe - Stewardship

Where are you from?

I’m originally from the Comox Valley but have lived all over BC. Before I moved to Invermere to work with NCC, I was attending Camosun College in Victoria.

What is your educational background?

I have nearly completed my environmental technology diploma from Camosun College.

What are your career goals?

After this summer I’m going to continue on to UNBC to complete a Bsc in biology with a minor in statistics. I’m hoping to build a career as an ecologist.

Where are you working for NCC this summer?

Invermere, BC in the Canadian Rockies Eco-region.

What is your favourite place to be outdoors in BC?

My favourite place in BC is Haida Gwaii. I’m always trying to find my way back there to do some more exploring.

What are your hobbies?

As you would probably suspect, I enjoy hiking and backcountry camping, but I also play the violin, quilt and I am an avid reader.

What is your favourite BC species?

My favourite plant is the calypso orchid and my favourite animal is the moose.

What are you most looking forward to as an NCC summer intern?

I am really looking forward to seeing as many of NCC's BC properties as I can. The handful I have seen so far are very inspiring and beautiful, and I feel really lucky to have the chance to work on them.


Ella Van Cleave - communications and engagement intern for the BC region for summer 2018 (Photo by Ricardo Castillo)

Ella Van Cleave - communications and engagement intern for the BC region for summer 2018 (Photo by Ricardo Castillo)

Ella Van Cleave - Communications & Engagement

Where are you from?

I spent the first 10 years of my life in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but I consider Victoria to be home.

What is your educational background?

I'm going into the fourth year of my bachelor of arts and science at Quest University Canada. Instead of choosing majors, each Quest student pursues a self-designed question that directs their latter two years of study. Mine is: "How can creative storytelling assist conservation efforts?" In other words, I study the intersections of conservation, sociology, resource management and communications.

What are your career goals?

After my bachelor's degree I plan to do an MFA in documentary media, but the ultimate dream would be to one day hold the reins of my own production company that specializes in creating films and media with social/environmental justice goals. 

Where are you working for NCC this summer?

I'm back home working out of the Victoria office.

What is your favourite place to be outdoors in BC?

I know NCC is a land-based conservation organization, but I'm a water baby at heart. You'll catch me at my happiest when I'm riding, floating on top of or diving below the waves.

What are your hobbies?

I'm a very passionate scuba and free diver, which lead me to my interest in underwater photography/videography. As much time as I like to spend in the water, I also love to hike and run trails whenever I get the chance.

What is your favourite BC species?

Harbour seal, hands down.

What are you most looking forward to as an NCC summer intern?

I'm super excited about the possibility of creating a few short videos of NCC's projects for the web — especially because it means having the chance to get out of the office and into the field.

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