Sheena Briggs, Southern Interior stewardship coordinator (Photo courtesy Sheena Briggs)
What is your position at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)?
Stewardship coordinator for the Southern Interior program.
Where do you work?
Our properties in the Southern Interior range from the desert ecosystems on the Canadian border near Osoyoos, north to Nicola and Thompson near the Kamloops area, and west to the Lillooet area.
How did you come to join the NCC team?
I joined NCC as a stewardship coordinator in July 2017, after working in the private and public sector for the past few years. I’ve come full circle in a way, as I worked as a conservation intern with NCC in Alberta back when I was a student. I knew from my past experience that working for NCC in this capacity would be a great role.
What is your educational background and previous experience?
I have a technical diploma in conservation and restoration ecology from Lakeland College, and a BSc in environment and conservation sciences from the University of Alberta. My previous work experience has been mostly in the boreal and northern Rockies regions of BC and Alberta, where I worked in a few different roles with both ecosystem and range management focuses.
What are you hoping to achieve through your work at NCC?
Working for NCC has so many great factors: conservation of species and ecosystems at risk, grazing and land management, working with landowners and leaseholders and collaborating with other conservation organizations. The Southern Interior is such a unique area of Canada, with so many conservation concerns. It's really rewarding to think that my work here is directly contributing to the conservation of these values and that I am contributing to improving the biodiversity and habitat corridors in this area.
Describe a typical day at work.
I work on the operational side of the Southern Interior conservation areas, where every day is different. My role includes conducting inspections of our properties, coordinating projects with contractors, researchers and volunteers and working with landowners and neighbours. I also work on the associated management plans, permits, data management, grant applications and planning for these properties. I could be doing any of these tasks in one day. I get a lot of variety of field work, office work and working with people in my job.
What are your hobbies/interests outside work?
I am generally either out mountain biking, hiking or skiing, enjoying a coffee on a deck, reading or spending time with my husband, our dog, family and friends.