Summer Students

IN ADDITION TO THE 8 STUDENTS HIRED SINCE 2016, THE GORGE WATERWAY ACTION SOCIETY (GWAS) WAS ABLE TO HIRE THREE MORE STUDENTS FOR THE SUMMER OF 2020 THANKS TO FUNDING FROM THE CANADA SUMMER JOBS PROGRAM.

JAMESON CLARKE – ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGIST, 2020

Jameson holds a B.S. in biology from Bucknell University (PA, USA) and a M.S. in invertebrate zoology from Duke University (NC, USA). His research specializes on the evolutionary ecology of deep sea arthropods and the evolutionary physiology of insect metamorphosis and pattern development. Jameson joined the GWAS Board of Directors in 2019 and worked as an Environmental Biologist for GWAS in 2020 while working toward a Restoration of Natural System Diploma at UVic and his RP Bio designation.

ASHLEY NIELSEN – ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION TECHNICIAN, 2020

Ashley is a recent graduate from the University of Victoria, earning a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and Anthropology. Growing up on northern Vancouver Island she was initially drawn to coastal ecology and environmental monitoring, but has since ventured more into terrestrial work. During her work term with the Gorge Waterway Action Society, she has been working on a variety of projects as a restoration technician, including maintaining and monitoring active restoration sites and initiating a new native pollinator restoration project.

CAITLIN BERGMAN – NATURE HOUSE INTERPRETER, 2020

Caitlin is in her third year of a Biology degree with a concentration in Marine Biology and a minor in Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria. In her spare time, Caitlin loves being outdoors and exploring the amazing ecosystems around Vancouver Island. As the Nature Interpreter at the Gorge Waterway Action Society, Caitlin will be working on many different projects including writing grants, managing volunteers, and leading activities in the Nature House.

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VANESSA CLARK – NATURE HOUSE INTERPRETER / RESTORATION TECHNICIAN, 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 SINCE 2016