In 2014, the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF) partnered with both the Prince of Wales’ Duchy of Cornwall and the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), announced the inauguration of the Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award.
This prestigious award aims to recognise young forestry professionals, providing
Now in its second year, Lockhart Garratt is pleased to announce the Canadian award recipient, Sarah Townson, has joined the Forestry team (July – September 2016). Sarah recently graduated with an Honours Bachelor in Environmental Management from Lakehead University, located in Thunder Bay, Ontario – a staggering
As a recent graduate, the job search at home has been difficult. Many employers are looking for individuals with years of work experience. When I found out about the Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award, I thought it was a phenomenal opportunity to gain work experience, with the bonus of being able to travel abroad as well. I had a great deal of support from past employers, colleagues, and university professors throughout the application process.
The application consisted of 5 parts: a personal essay describing how your engagement in forestry or natural resource management activities demonstrates why you should receive the award and how you would benefit professionally and personally from the experience, transcripts from post-secondary schooling, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, an application form, and between 3 to 5 references and letters of reference.
I have already learned so much working at Lockhart Garratt, and I’ve only just skimmed the surface. I am working mostly in the Forestry Business Unit, but I have also spent a bit of time with Ecology as well. The variety of disciplines present at Lockhart Garratt is extraordinary, including forest and woodland management, ecology, arboriculture, landscape and green infrastructure. I have been out on a number of site visits to look at old and new plantations, harvesting operation planning, felling licence renewals and coppicing work, as well as sunset bat surveys, reptile refugia replacement surveys, and phase 1 habitat surveys with ecologist. One thing I have had difficulties with is removing myself from the Canadian mind set – anytime I am in the field and I hear a rustle and see a black mass running, my mind automatically goes “bear!” when in fact it’s just a Roe deer!
Having worked in Algonquin Provincial Park for three summers, I also tend to pack my rucksack as if I’m going into a 700,000ha of forest, being days of walking away from civilisation – when in fact any frequently traveled road is less than an hours walk in any direction!
I am excited to see what the next 9 weeks brings, and to gain as much exposure and experience as possible within this fantastic multidisciplinary company.
As part of the Award