Renewable Energy – Hiring practices
- Southern Environmental Association, Montague
Provincial Energy Strategy 2017
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School of Sustainable Design Engineering
School of Sustainable Design Engineering ensuring strong community partnerships
An Industry Engagement Day was held at the UPEI School of Sustainable Design Engineering (SSDE) program recently. Industry, government, and other community partners were invited to provide feedback as the school determines the next area to focus on.
Nicholas Krouglicof, Associate Dean, and Allan Dale, Director of Industry Partnership, welcomed a full lecture theatre of invited guests. “We will incorporate all of the feedback from this day and from further outreaches into our long-term vision,” says Nicholas.
“This day brings together students and people in the industry,” says Allan. “Our main focus is to be connected to the industry on a day-to-day basis.”
The SSDE recognizes that engineering affects many aspects of society, and therefore students are exposed to a wide-scope and balance of knowledge and skills in engineering science, natural science, mathematics, and complementary studies. They are actively engaged in the profession of engineering by being connected to industry from day one.
UPEI’s School of Sustainable Design Engineering offers an innovative four-year Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Design Engineering degree. The program is unique, providing students with real-life work experience on community and industry-based projects in every semester of the program. Students in the third and fourth years of the program can enhance their technical knowledge by choosing one of three engineering focus areas: mechatronics, sustainable energy, or bioresources.
4th Year student gives her account of her school experience
Haley Butler says when she was in high school she really didn’t know what was involved in Engineering as a career choice. “A big part of my volunteer efforts at the school is working with junior high and with high school girls to make them aware of this career at a younger age.
“When I was in high school, someone visited to tell us about Engineering. I was always interested in math and sciences, but I didn’t have any interest in doing a traditional science degree. Engineering gave me more options that suited my interest.”
After her first year, she knew she was hooked. “I was very surprised how much creativity and practical application there is in engineering. It is all about problem solving.
“After my second year at UPEI, I planned to go to Dalhousie to take the Environmental Engineering stream, but then it was announced a degree program was starting here.
“I am very happy I was able to continue my studies here, and that I got to stay on PEI. I was able to work part-time to finance my studies. I am not taking a full course load so that I can manage financially, and now I have no debt and less stress.
“This past summer, I did research with Dr. Ali Ahmad in the Atlantic Bio Fabrication Lab. He offered me the job after taking his Bio Materials course. I produced all-natural biodegradable plastics made from potato starch. Recently, I made 3-D printing filaments out of the same material, and soon I will move into the actual 3-D printing of products. I am continuing to do the research with him until the end of the school year.”
The school’s 3-D printer is the only one of its caliber in the Maritimes. Students have access to the latest state-of-the-art equipment, professors with up-to-date knowledge, and the National Research Council centre, which is next door.
Haley’s design project this year took her to Pakistan to work with the University of Agriculture in Faisalabad for a week in October.
“We are working with a village with no access to waste water treatment, so the community is dealing with a lot of illness. I will meet with members of the community to understand the nature of their situation and take lots of pictures. The problem is a lack of education around water sanitation. We will be working on a plan that will integrate well into their culture.
“After I graduate, I am thinking about doing my Masters with Dr. Ali Ahmad and continuing with the research. He has many connections around the world, so I am thinking about going to places such as Germany to get further training in labs. I know there would be funding sources I could look into if I pursue my Masters.”
Some projects showcased during the SSED Industry Engagement Day
For more information about UPEI School of Sustainable Design Engineering, visit www.upei.ca/engineering/welcome.
Creating employment through improving the environment
Jackie Bourgeois is committed to protecting and enhancing the environment through her role as the Executive Director of Southeast Environmental Association (SEA). She has been in the position since 2012.
SEA was established in 1992. The office is located at Access PEI, Wood Island Hill, in Montague. The SEA Watershed Management Region is made up of 33 sub-watersheds which are grouped into six primary watershed areas: Boughton, Cardigan, Brudenell/Georgetown, Montague/Valleyfield, Sturgeon, and Murray River/Harbour.
A watershed is a region of interconnected rivers and streams that drain into a single larger body of water. There are 23 watershed groups across the Island. “Our management region is the largest on PEI,” says Jackie. “The 73,140 hectares have 669 kilometres of streams and rivers and an estimated 750+ stream crossings.”
The mission of SEA is to protect, maintain and enhance the ecology of Southeastern PEI for the environmental, social, and economic well-being of Islanders through projects that will:
- Improve and enhance the environment
- Create educational learning opportunities
- Increase cultural and historic opportunities
- Create opportunities for recreational and economic development
- Bring people together through volunteerism, thus contributing to a strong and vibrant community.
About the staff
There is presently one full-time and one part-time staff member working year-round. Year-round employees have a background in environmental sciences and at least five years of relevant experience. “Post-secondary education in a related field is preferred, but equivalencies are considered depending on the position.
“We also hire three to six full-time field workers, supervisors and field technicians seasonally,” says Jackie. “Hiring usually occurs in spring. People interested in applying should watch for postings on our website, on the WorkPEI website, and on our social media pages.
“Full-time, year-round hiring is based on securing long-term, stable funding,” says Jackie. “Seasonal hiring is based on employment contracts and project-specific funding.”
- Field Supervisors/Technicians
- Programs Officer
- Operations Manager
- Marketing Specialist
- Camp Counsellors
- Nature/Interpretive Guides
- Major Gifts Officer & Community Outreach Officer
- Maintenance Person with Carpentry and Chainsaw Skills
“We would like to grow our volunteer base,” says Jackie. “SEA just started to receive PEI Watershed Management Funds last year. When people became aware that SEA was finally getting resources to conduct enhancement activities, memberships increased.”
Volunteer opportunities could include: board of directors, community steering committees, events coordinator, fieldwork projects, trail maintenance workers, nature guides, and services such as bookkeeping, legal work, website updating, and much more.
Employability skills obtained from volunteering may include: project management, forestry/silviculture work, stream restoration and assessment experience, wildlife identification skills, problem-solving, resourcefulness, planning, organizational, communication, and teamwork skills.
“SEA is looking at enhancing and developing environmental projects that will attract tourists to the region,” says Jackie. “Experiential tourism is gaining worldwide interest as people find meaning through direct experience.”
Ecotourism allows travelers to discover and learn about wild natural environments. “The Harvey Moore Wildlife Sanctuary and surrounding Milltown Cross area has wildlife attractions, nature trails, flora and fauna woodlot activities, open fields, and large pond settings. The more support we have to develop the Sanctuary, the more visitors will come to the area, which will boost the local economy.”
The attractions in eastern PEI range from world-class nature experiences to cultural and heritage experiences which present an ideal opportunity to lengthen the tourist season and potentially create year-round activities and employment.
Community-based watershed groups on PEI: explore opportunities in your region
- Southeast Environmental Association: www.seapei.org
- Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association: www.bbema.ca
- Central Queens Wildlife Federation: www.facebook.com/Central-Queens-Wildlife-Federation-176233499121866
- Cornwall and Area Watershed Group: www.cawg.ca
- Ellen’s Creek Watershed Group: www.ellenscreekwatershed.ca
- Friends of Covehead and Brackley Bay: www.fcbbwatershed.ca
- Hunter-Clyde Watershed Group: www.hcwg.ca
- Kensington North Watersheds Association: www.knwsa.com
- Lot 11 & Area Watershed Management Group: www.lot11andarea.org/watershed.php
- Morell River Management Co-op: www.morellriverpei.com
- Richmond Bay Watershed Association: www.rbwa.ca
- Souris & Area Branch of the PEI Wildlife Federation: www.souriswl.com
- South Shore Watershed Association: www.sswa.ca
- Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group: sawig.wordpress.com
- Trout River Environmental Committee: www.troutriverenvironmentalcommitt.canic.ws
- Trout Unlimited Prince County Chapter: www.tucanada.org/prince-county
- Wheatley River Improvement Group: www.wheatleyriver.ca
- Winter River-Tracadie Bay Watershed Association: www.wintertracadie.ca
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