Jocelyn Wood, West Coast Stewardship Coordinator (Photo courtesy Jocelyn Wood)
What is your position at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)?
Stewardship coordinator for the West Coast Program
Where do you work?
I'm based out of the Vancouver office, but am fortunate to have the entire West Coast region as my extended field office: the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands, Central Coast Rainforest, West Chilcotin and Haida Gwaii.
How did you come to join the NCC team?
I have been preparing for a career with NCC since I was a wee child growing up all over BC, but that's a long story. In the shorter version of my journey to NCC, I graduated from university, travelled, worked in agriculture, did scuba diving in Australia and came home with a desire to protect the beautiful natural spaces in BC that I had missed so much. I went back to school to brush up on my field skills, found I could apply my passion for conservation through working with land trusts, and luckily the right opportunity arrived to work with NCC on the West Coast!
What is your educational background and previous experience?
I have a bachelor of arts with a major in political science and minor in environmental studies from the University of Victoria, and a technical diploma in fish, wildlife and recreation from BCIT. I spent two summers working with The Nature Trust of BC as a conservation crew supervisor while I finished school. I have also volunteered for the past four years with various non-profits, which has given me more experience studying BC's flora and fauna, hiking its mountains, cleaning up shorelines and managing invasive plants.
What are you hoping to achieve through your work at NCC?
I aim to do at least two things: 1) Make a difference. 2) Learn from the world. I know I can achieve these goals by aligning my conservation passion with all the ways NCC protects, maintains and restores wildlife habitat. By connecting with people and creating a positive link between people and our natural world, each of our conservation projects provides opportunities to learn and create change.
Describe a typical day at work.
My job has as much diversity as the BC habitats it helps to conserve! On productive indoor days I answer emails, write management plans, communicate with landowners and coordinate researchers and contractors. Adventurous outdoor days involve gallivanting around the west coast to monitor our properties, inventory plants and wildlife, host Conservation Volunteers events and grow relationships within local communities, so that together we can carry out our conservation goals.
What are your hobbies/interests outside work?
I am usually so sick of nature by the time I get home from work, I just curl up with a good novel or watch some Netflix... not really! I spend my afternoons running on Vancouver's seawall or paddling a kayak into the sunset. On weekends I can be found hiking in the coastal mountains or snowshoeing in the backcountry. I spend an unhealthy amount of time identifying and photographing plants and wildlife. I like to travel, so my vacations involve discovering new countries, but I also spend lots of time with family in the Okanagan and on Vancouver Island, or hiking on the Great Divide Trail in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.