NCC's Hillary Page conducting monitoring on the Kootenay River Ranch, BC (Photo by NCC)

NCC's Hillary Page conducting monitoring on the Kootenay River Ranch, BC (Photo by NCC)

2017 Conservation 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 conservation and communications. Millie Kuyer and Kara Stanton bring a range of experiences to NCC and are working across the province.

This year's interns are sponsored in part by Imperial Oil and Human Resource Skills Development Canada.

Meet the interns

Millie Kuyer - Conservation Technician

Millie Kuyer (Photo by NCC)

Millie Kuyer (Photo by NCC)

Where are you from?

Here! The west coast is my home. I was born in White Rock and have spent most of my life between there and Vancouver.

What is your educational background?

I earned a diploma in fish, wildlife and recreation and a bachelor of science degree in ecological restoration from BCIT, Burnaby. I also completed a diploma in professional photography from Langara [College] several years ago.

Where will you be working for NCC this summer?

I will be working primarily out of Vancouver with the West Coast team, but I am also very lucky to have the opportunity to explore several of NCC’s natural areas. I will be visiting sites within the Salish Sea, West Chilcotin, Central Coast, Okanagan, South Selkirks and Canadian Rockies!

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

I am stoked to be working for an organization that is doing such incredible conservation work, and I look forward to meeting more of the NCC team. My experience at BCIT was amazing, but I’m excited to be done school. I’m ready to apply my new skills and knowledge to help protect valuable ecosystems and chat with partners and the public about how important conservation work is.

What is your favourite place in nature and why?

I love the diversity of BC’s ecosystems and have my heart strewn across the province. I love the complexity of old rainforests and intertidal zones of BC’s coast, the unique desert-like grasslands and cacti of the interior and the epic trails and scenery of the Rocky Mountains. I’m most at peace exploring a secluded stretch of coast or isolated alpine ridge.

What outdoor activity do you most enjoy?

I always feel super lucky to live here where there are infinite ways to enjoy the outdoors. Though I’ve sampled many sports from the mountains to the seas and enjoyed them all, I’m currently trying to focus on activities that require more muscle power and less gear, such as hiking, swimming and bouldering.

What is your favourite BC species and why?

This is a tough one! I love birds, especially owls, so maybe the northern saw-whet owl, since it’s one I’ve actually seen. I also love plants, fungi, (marine) algae and mammals and on and on. Nature is neat.


Kara Stanton (Photo by NCC)

Kara Stanton (Photo by NCC)

Kara Stanton - Communications and Engagement Intern

Where are you from?

I was born in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, and my childhood was scattered a bit between Newfoundland, Manitoba and BC thanks to my dad’s work, but in the end I spent most of my growing-up years on Vancouver Island in the Comox Valley.

What is your educational background?

I’m nearing the end of my bachelor of fine arts degree at the University of Victoria, where I’m double-majoring in writing and English. Of course, I got a bit distracted along the way so I’ve detoured into electives in psychology, philosophy, gender studies and film studies.

Where will you be working for NCC this summer?

In the Victoria office. It’s the first summer I’m spending in the city so I’m excited for all the seasonal goings-on, as well as the possibility of going on a field trip with NCC!

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

Although I’ve worked with a variety of non-profit organizations in the past, I’ve never worked for such a large organization. I’m excited to learn more about conservation in general as I figure out how to navigate the inner workings of NCC and bring my writing skills to share stories of its amazing people and projects!

What is your favourite place in nature and why?

The most popular beach in Comox, Goose Spit, sticks out right between the harbour, the Comox glacier, and the islands of Denman, Hornby and Lasqueti. Going there always feels like putting myself at the centre of things, though when it gets foggy in winter you really just have to trust that it’s all there.

What outdoor activity do you most enjoy?

Swimming in the ocean has got to be my favourite activity… maybe ever? I’m never as calm as when I’m floating on my back, looking up at the great arc of the sky. Something about the combination of the fresh air, sea salt and the openness of the beach is a natural balm. My grandma and I even coined a term for our lazy brand of swimming, flobbing, which we got from splicing together floating and bobbing.

What is your favourite BC species and why?

I love a good dragonfly! I wish I could say it’s because of their ecological significance, but also I just find their colour and movement totally mesmerizing. That plus the smell of cedar warmed by the sun feels like home.

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