Kate MacKenzie (Photo courtesy K. MacKenzie/NCC staff)
Stewardship Coordinator, Canadian Rockies
How did you come to join the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)?
I started out as a conservation technician for NCC in the southwestern Ontario subregion in 2015, and was incredibly fortunate at the end of that eight-month contract to transition into a permanent role as an assistant conservation biologist in that same region. After several years exploring the Carolinian forests of southern Canada, I decided to give the Rocky Mountains a try, and made my way out to BC to take on my current role.
What is your educational background and previous experience?
I have a bachelor of science degree in biology and earth sciences from the University of Victoria, and more recently a post-graduate diploma in ecosystem restoration from Niagara College Canada. Prior to joining NCC, I filled a variety of contract positions all over Canada, with restoration planning, biodiversity monitoring and species-at-risk surveys featuring prominently in my work.
What are you hoping to achieve through your work at NCC?
I hope to be an effective steward of NCC’s landscapes and contribute to the excellent conservation work that is being done in BC and across the country.
Describe a typical day at work.
No two days are ever the same! Generally when I’m inside the office I’m planning various stewardship activities for the properties I help to manage (such as restoration projects), which involves writing funding applications, drafting contracts and communicating with partners and landowners. On the days I’m outside in the field, I’m monitoring properties, taking inventories of at-risk plants and wildlife, monitoring progress of restoration activities, hosting Conservation Volunteers events, and handling pretty much anything else that might come up. I also write property management plans and try to keep all the data I collect while on the properties organized.
What are your hobbies/interests outside work?
I enjoy spending time outside, mainly hiking, paddling and camping; however, I can often be found hanging out inside with a good book!