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Resume of Holly Willgress
and Environmental Technician experienced in project design,
implementation, data recording and assessment, quality assurance and
and training in a variety of environmental fields, since 1995, including:
underwater and biophysical surveys; foreshore assessments; fish habitat
assessments; juvenile fish population surveys; salmon escapement
enumerations; habitat inventory; environmental monitoring; watershed
restoration; water quality and sediment sampling and implementation
auditing of No Net Loss projects.
instructor, Coastguard trained coxswain, commercial diver
General Arts and Science
in: Biology, Languages
Technician Certificate: Capilano College, 1997
Courses in: Fisheries Ecology, Fish Habitat
Assessment & Watershed Restoration, Riparian Function
B.Sc. (biology): Open
studies and professional development courses to obtain undergraduate degree.
Through academic and work experience and volunteer activities, I have developed a diverse skill set and strengths applicable to a variety of projects. In addition, I have proven to be organized, thorough and resourceful in a variety of settings ranging from remote and isolated field projects to post-field data interpretation and reporting. I work well under adverse field conditions and carry that focus throughout any given project.
I have developed excellent leadership and supervisory skills through self-employment as a fisheries technician and commercial diver, where I have often supervised several other crew members, search and rescue training with the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary and as a PADI SCUBA instructor.
In addition to being a solid and effective field technician, my office and reporting skills include pre- and post-field logistics and organization, air photo and map interpretation, internet and library research and computer applications (Windows 95 though XP, MS Access database, ArcView GIS, Corel, MS Excel & Word etc.). These skills have been used in data compilation and assessment, creation of maps and figures, quality assurance procedures and report writing for a variety of projects.
Unrestricted Occupational SCUBA (Canadian Occupational Divers Agency, 1998)
Occupational First Aid and Transportation Endorsement certification (current)
Aid and O2 Administration Instructor (Emergency Medical Planning
Dive Accident Management and trauma response training
Transportation of Dangerous Goods certificate
Inflatable Operator Training (RHIOT): certified in twin engine Hurricane Mark
5, 6 and 733 Inflatables (Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue School,
Small Vessel Operator Competency Training and Certification
Instructor (Professional Association of Diving Instructors, 1996)
certification, crew leader (Capilano College, 1997)
Inventory Committee (RIC) GPS training module for SHIM mapping (1998)
DFO coordinated River Safety instruction
GIS training (BCIT, 2002)
Position: Partner, Senior Technician.
Fisheries habitat technician and SCUBA diver during
survey of proposed Log Dump
and Heli-drop sites
and facilities in Merewrth Sound (Tiny Lake Area). Assessment required
identifying sensitive marine and intertidal (lotic) fish habitat and developing
mitigative strategies for foreshore development. Completed for Monarch Resource
Consultants Ltd. (Bella Coola). 2004.
· Technician assisting University of Arizona Geologists with spatial placement (logistics) for seismic assessment of coastal and interior regions of Coast/Chilcotin region as part of an ongoing UA/Government of Canada batholiths formation and geochronology assessment. Completed with U of A staff.
· Senior fisheries technician and SCUBA diver responsible for collection of Intra-Gravel Dissolved Oxygen (IGDO) and temperature measurements of littoral sockeye salmon spawning habitat within Sakinaw Lake as part of ongoing (3rd year) assessment of spawning habitat and restoration opportunities within Sakinaw Lake. Project involved use of proprietary (Kynoch Resources owned) underwater instruments to measure interstitial DO and temperature to identify and map groundwater upwelling areas.
Environmental and research technician and dive supervisor responsible for all aspects of field logistics, organization, scientific data and sample collection and first aid/safety coordination. Assisted with project design, client liaison, QA/QC, data review, interpretation and reporting. Numerous projects involved SCUBA assessments, inventory and monitoring of industrial development including proposed log handling sites, gravel extraction and aquaculture facilities, as well as habitat compensation reefs and spawning habitat. Projects included
Foreshore and SCUBA assessments
Stream and lake inventory
Water quality monitoring
Benthic invertebrate and periphyton collection
Aquaculture assessment for CEAA and provincial protocols
Audits of DFO and provincial government policy including No Net Loss
Limnological assessments of lakes and reservoirs
Data collection, management, assessment, QA and database entry using a variety of applications
Various contracts with DFO, responsible for
scientific and technical project aspects as well as WCB compliance.
dive supervisor for herring roe surveys, responsible for data collection and
reporting in Prince Rupert (1999 to 2001) and the Straight of Georgia (2001,
2002). Project completed for DFO Herring Dynamics Program. Involved in pre-field
aspects of project planning, training of new divers, dive safety and office
related aspects of data quality control and database entry for all of the above
supervisor and fisheries technician during dive surveys of sockeye spawning
habitat within Sakinaw Lake. Responsible for project planning, data collection
and assessment and report preparation (1999 to 2000). Completed for DFO
Community Advisor (Sunshine Coast).
Completed numerous contracts for regional and
provincial governments, industry and consulting firms, various project
Homathko River Fish Habitat Assessment. Completed for MELP, WRP, Surrey (1998).
of fish habitat within Chapman, Oullette, Langdale, Anderson and Katherine
Creeks on the Sunshine Coast and various Gambier Island sites, completed in
conjunction with DFO (1997-2000).
population estimates in off-channel habitats on Chapman Creek, Sechelt, BC.
Completed for MELP, WRP, Surrey (1999).
technician responsible for Sensitive Habitat Inventory Mapping (SHIM), use of
DGPS technology in mapping sensitive fish habitat (including stream and riparian
areas) throughout the Sunshine Coast for the creation of base maps of sensitive
habitat for urban planning. Completed for Community Fisheries Development
Centre, Sechelt (1998-1999).
broodstock collection and adult and juvenile salmonid enumeration including mark
and recapture methods, total exclusion 3-pass electrofishing, stream walks,
snorkel surveys, downstream trapping, and associated fish sampling. Completed
for DFO (Squamish, 1996); DFO and CFDC (Sunshine Coast, 1998-1999).
technician for sub-tidal biophysical SCUBA survey of Porteau Cove Provincial
Park for Nelson Environmental Services on behalf of Ministry of Transportation
and Highways (1995 & 1998).
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