NCC intern takes water samples, Kootenay Rockies, BC (Photo by NCC)

NCC intern takes water samples, Kootenay Rockies, BC (Photo by NCC)

British Columbia's 2019 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 are joined by two stewardship interns who will spend the summer helping NCC monitor, manage and restore conservation lands across British Columbia.

Meet the interns

James Davies

James Davies (photo by Hannah DeBoer)

James Davies (photo by Hannah DeBoer)

Where are you from?

I grew up in a log cabin near Owen Sound, Ontario.

What is your educational background?

I studied film and photography at Ryerson University before moving to BC to study forestry and ecology at Selkirk College in the Kootenays.

What are your career goals?

I am pursuing an advanced diploma and degree in geographic information systems (GIS) from Selkirk College and hope to work researching alternative forestry practices using GIS technologies.

What is your favourite place to be outdoors in BC?

The Kootenays are my home now. I don't think I'll ever grow tired of exploring the many mountain ranges, lakes, rivers and waterfalls around this region.

What are your hobbies?

I am a singer-songwriter and try to play live music around the Kootenays once or twice per month. I also enjoy hiking, camping, building, farming and skiing.

What is your favourite BC species?

I love grizzly bears. I have great respect for (and fear of!) them.

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

This summer, I am most looking forward to exploring the Darkwoods Conservation Area. It has such a rich history and feels like a secret place right in the West Kootenay backyard! I feel very lucky to be able to spend time working on interesting projects and assisting with research within Darkwoods.


Terrie McRitchie

Terri McRitchie (Photo by Terri McRitchie)

Terri McRitchie (Photo by Terri McRitchie)

Where are you from?

I am originally from Fort St. James, a small town in north-central BC; however, I have spent most of my life growing up in Grand Forks of the Boundary region, BC.

What is your educational background?

I have recently obtained a diploma in integrated environmental planning through Castlegar’s Selkirk College. Prior to that, I was certified as an unrestricted occupational scuba diver, I received training in underwater videography, and I completed a year’s worth of studies in the University Arts and Science Degree program.

What are your career goals?

After completing an undergraduate degree in ecological restoration at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, I will be pursuing the professional designation as a registered professional biologist with the BC College of Applied Biology. My career activity goals are to work as an applied field biologist, resource management technician and habitat restoration specialist.

The work I would like to be involved in includes: restoration, conservation and maintenance of ecosystems; water quality sampling; limnology and stream assessments; projects for the stabilization of stream banks and steep slopes; soil sampling; toxicity bioassay testing; benthic invertebrates sampling; forest health assessments; terrestrial ecosystem inventories; applying geographic information systems (GIS) to visualize data; developing environmental management plans; and, writing technical reports, among other tasks.

What is your favourite place to be outdoors in BC?

Anywhere there are cedar forests and a creek nearby. I also really cherish waterfalls.

What are your hobbies? 

I enjoy swimming, rock climbing, hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing, dirt biking, snowboarding, gardening, dancing, playing guitar, painting, writing and photography.

What is your favourite BC species?

The spotted owl (Strix occidentalis).

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

Exploring and assisting in the hands-on management of the Darkwoods Conservation Area.

NCC Conservation Intern program is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Summer Work Experience program.

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