Summer Students

In addition to the 5 students hired in 2016 and 2017, the Gorge Waterway Action Society (GWAS) was able to hire two more summer students for the summer of 2018 thanks to funding from the Canada Summer Jobs Program.

Michelle Wood – Nature House Interpreter, 2018

Michelle is in the third year of her Bachelor of Science with a double major in Statistics and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. During the summer of 2018, Michelle will be working on a variety of projects with the Gorge Waterway Action Society, including designing educational displays, managing volunteers, and updating administrative procedures. Michelle is excited to use the skills she gains over the summer as she works towards completing her degree in the spring of 2019.

Alaina Dowling – Ecological Restoration Technician, 2018

Alaina is in her fourth year of her Bachelors degree in Biology with a concentration in Marine Biology at the University of Victoria. When not studying, Alaina can be found looking in tidal pools eager to explore the diversity found on our coast. As the ecological restoration technician at the Gorge Waterway Action Society Alaina will be working on numerous summer projects including grant applications, refreshing the Nature House, and coordinating a community ecological restoration event.

Vanessa Clark – Ecological Restoration Technician / Nature House Interpreter, 2019

Vanessa is in her third year of the Environmental Technology program at Camosun College. Outside of school, she has worked as a Summer Camp Coordinator, Restoration Technician, and Naturalist. She especially enjoys species ID and is a self-proclaimed “bird nerd”.  Vanessa grew up in Esquimalt and is thrilled to be working for GWAS. In addition to operating the Nature House, Vanessa will be working on a variety of summer projects including restoration work and Nature House upgrades.

Projects Completed by Summer Students in 2016 and 2017