SNC supports summer students

by Christopher Smith - EAP
SNC supports summer students
A summer student removes invasive European Water Chestnut from the Castor River. (Photo : supplied)

Federal and provincial funding allowed the SNC to continue its summer learning program.

The South Nation Conservation (SNC) welcomed nine students and graduates to its summer learning program this year. The annual program hires students for seasonal positions to allow them the chance to get real-world work experience while enjoying the beautiful conservation areas that the SNC maintains. Students become familiar with the inner workings of a non-profit organization, maintaining forests and parks, and supporting natural hazard management and environmental outreach activities.

“We’re proud give students hands on opportunities to work in their fields of study,” said SNC’s Managing Director, Property, Conservation Lands and Community Outreach, John Mesman. «Our talented local youth bring hard work and enthusiasm each summer and we’re grateful for the support that they bring to the Conservation Authority.”

This year’s crop of students included Shannon McRae, Natalie Fleece, Kyley McGuiness, Gabriel Giorgi, Mariane Scalise and Spencer Van Putten.

“I’ve gained valuable experience working at SNC,” said Kyley McGuinness, who joined the SNC as an Invasive Species Summer Technician. McGuinness is now a 4th year student in Environmental Studies and Geography at Carleton University. “My favourite part of working at SNC is going out in the field for the day, connecting with nature and knowing the work I’m doing is making a difference in the watershed.”

“Watching youth catch their first fish from the South Nation River was a highlight for me,” said Shannon McRae, who coordinated Fish Camps this year. McRae is now a 4th year at Bishop’s University, studying Biology with a concentration in Health Sciences. “The camps create opportunities for local kids to get outside during the summer, make new friends and learn how to fish responsibly.”

“We always look forward to welcoming summer students each year,” said Mesman. “We hope their experiences and their time spent outdoors, stepping into nature, will help foster good environmental stewardship in the next generation of environmental leaders.”

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