Jon Kelly, Regional Stewardship Assistant (Photo by Cary Smith)
What is your position at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)?
Regional stewardship assistant, BC Region
Where do you work?
How did you come to join the NCC team?
With a strong interest in conservation, I moved from Toronto to pursue a conservation internship with NCC in the summer of 2015. Following that, I assumed the role of regional stewardship assistant and have been here ever since.
What is your educational background and previous experience?
I obtained a BSc in conservation biology and forest science, and a post-grad certificate in environmental management, both from the University of Toronto. My past experiences are varied and include creating an inventory of trees in an urban forest, preparing fungal specimens and maintaining collections databases in a museum, using GIS to plan bird survey research and planting trees.
What are you hoping to achieve through your work at NCC?
I hope to effectively contribute to the conservation of biodiversity, through the stewardship of a growing network of conservation lands in British Columbia and across Canada.
Describe a typical day at work.
In varying capacities, my days are spent supporting the stewardship work being carried out across the province. In other words, no day is truly typical. My days may be spent writing reports, making maps, collaborating with colleagues, asking questions, answering questions, preparing for field work and, when I’m especially lucky, spending time on NCC’s properties.
What are your hobbies/interests outside work?
Music, art, cooking, skateboarding and exploring nature with my wife and our son.