SDG COUNTIES, Ontario - From tree planting to Conservation Area maintenance and outreach, 14 youth supported the Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) deliver its programs and services while gaining valuable on-the-job experience this summer.
Scott Braithwaite is one of them. An ecology and biodiversity graduate from Bishop’s University in Quebec worked as the RRCA’s Nature Interpreter at the Cooper Marsh Conservation Area Visitors Centre.
“It is incredibly rewarding to see the interest in wildlife and nature that every visitor to Cooper Marsh has shown,” he said. “I love to share my passion for these topics to each and every person who walks through the door.”
For Claudia Munafo, also a recent graduate from Bishops University with a degree in environmental science and biology, spent her summer working as the Administrative and Outreach Assistant. She has gained valuable skills in communications and land stewardship.
“Every day I am gaining new skills when interacting with both my colleagues and the public,” she said. “I have gained confidence in my workplace skills, including communicating in French.”
Munafo, who is hoping to pursue a master’s degree in ecology in 2024, credits the RRCA with presenting her with a better understanding of the role Conservation Authorities play in protecting and enhancing the local environment in partnership with their five member municipalities.
“We are proud to offer opportunities for youth to gain valuable work experience alongside our professional team which includes engineers, specialists, technicians, and administrators,” said Lisa Van De Ligt, RRCA Team Lead, Communications and Stewardship.
Secondary and post-secondary students interested in applying for a summer position with the RRCA next year are encouraged to check the RRCA’s social media and website at rrca.on.ca, where summer employment opportunities will be posted in the new year.
The Cooper Marsh Visitors Centre will be closed for the season beginning September 1. A reminder that some of the Marsh’s trails are temporarily closed for maintenance.