Want to learn a little about a few of our ADGIS grads working locatlly? Read on:
We at the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre (SGRC), were fortunate to hire a few of our 2013 ADGIS grads to work on local projects here in Castlegar. Kaela Perry is one intern for the SGRC, who writes:
“Working with the SGRC has been a great experience with learning how to be self directed and manage various projects. I’ve enjoyed working on outreach to promote the Columbia Basin Biodiversity Atlas reporter tools. I have been working on a number of different projects but one particularly interesting one involved defining the drawdown zones of the Arrow Lakes to help determine potential areas for a revegetation project”
“I work directly with small and medium sized business within the Columbia Basin to assist them in adopting digital technology. For example, one project I have done is working with Tabletree Enterprises, a company based in Creston that produces gourmet juices and sauces. They sell their products at specialty stores, grocery stores, and restaurants across North America. It was difficult for customers to find a restaurant that used their sauces or a store that sold their juice because on their old website they simply listed the addresses of these places. With the knowledge I gained during my GIS diploma of opensource mapping software, I created a product availability map for them to embed into their website (forthcoming) that allows potential customers to find their products much easier.”
Another SGRC intern, Bart Fyffe, (who writes about his internship on his blog) has recently accepted a full-time position at the Regional District Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) in Trail. He discusses what he feels separated himself from the competition to land the GIS Technician position (roles and responsibilities include GIS support to planning/operations staff and the public as well as stewardship of the RDKB database):
“Above all: Practice and be proficient in all of your communications–written, verbal, cartographic. It is easy to make professional grade documents with the software you are exposed to for written and cartographic communication, and practice makes perfect for verbal. Being able to communicate effectively weighs very heavily in the success of the job hunt.”
“I really like my GIS job at Interfor. I mainly produce operational and planning maps using SQL developer, Cengea Resources and ESRI (ArcSDE, Arc Info).
The learning curve is quite steep. I have learned lots and have been under pressure to complete projects.
I think my forestry experience was the reason I landed this job”
And certainly not the last ADGIS grad working in the West Kootenays, but the final one we will discuss in this post, is Michelle West. She created an ideal situation for herself, working from home in Nelson, for the Nature Conservancy of Canada based out of Alberta.
“I spend my day building maps requested by lots of different people for different projects, throughout Alberta. The interns send me their monitoring data and I fix it up and map it. 🙂 I am also working on a couple of other projects; one involving data restructure, clean up, editing and error checking and another where I am building google earth map sheets for Alberta using a iterative model I built. All very exciting. I am really enjoying the job and am learning and applying a lot of what I learned”
Stay tuned for more ADGIS grads working outside of the West Kootenays……..