Carleen Born (’11 BSc Forestry student), was destined to begin a program in Renewable Resources no matter what degree she ended up taking. Carleen’s father is a forest technologist and her original intention was to apply to the Environmental and Conservation program. However, upon further research she felt that being a forester would provide both a greater diversity of her preferred employment options, and an integrated approach to land management that appealed to her.
Attending the University of Alberta gave Carleen the opportunity to meet some of the best friends she says she will ever have in addition to the luxury of being able to work with many of them on a day to day basis because the forestry community is very small and tight knit in Alberta.
Carleen currently works as a Wildfire Support Technologist Intern with Alberta Sustainable Resource Development. Previous employers and positions include Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (Wildland Firefighter – Helitack Member, Forest Health Assistant, FireSmart Support Technologist), Millar Western (Silviculture Summer Student), Ainsworth Engineered (Silviculture Summer Student).
Reflecting on the route her career path has taken, Carleen comments, “I feel that I have been given a lot of opportunities in forestry. As a forestry graduate there are no boundaries, the diversity of material that is covered as part of the University of Alberta degree program allows students to build strong skills that will be essential for their future careers. There are opportunities in Alberta and the rest of Canada to be anything from a Wildland fire fighter to a climate change researcher in forestry. I have been lucky to have had fairly diverse opportunities as a summer student from planting and measuring Hybrid plantations to working with fire behaviour modeling and effects.“
Strongest memories of Carleen’s time spent at the University include attending Canadian Institute of Forestry conferences and being the Quiz bowl captain and winner for 2009-2010 and participating in 2008 (lost in semi-finals). Carleen believes the CIF conferences were a great opportunity for to meet forest professionals from across the county, learn things that were not normally covered in school or your day to day work, and an excellent excuse to see other parts of Canada than your own back yard.
Instructors and work experience were the biggest influences on Carleen’s career path. In the first two years at the University work experience solidified that being a forester was what she really wanted. Seasonal and summer positions for students and recent graduates also provided excellent learning and development opportunities.
Carleen is involved in several extra-curricular activities, including continuing with the University of Alberta Women’s Intramural Hockey as an Alumni member and the Northern Alberta Female Hockey Association – Edmonton Hurricanes 2009-current. Future aspirations include many adventures with her recently adopted Sheppard cross puppy, making a road trip across Canada, a beautiful country we live in but rarely take the time to appreciate all that it has to offer, cross country skiing and learning to snow board.
Carleen hopes to continue work in wildfire management and pursue opportunities to diversity and maintain knowledge and experience in forest and land management. Upon completion of her internship she hopes to move into a forest area which would enable her to gain a broader experience of wildfire, forest and land management. Carleen is currently registered as a Forester in Training with the College of Alberta Professional Foresters and hopes to write the Registered Forest Professional Exam in May 2012.
Added 22 November 2011