Erika Nassichuk


Home Town Vancouver, Canada
Current Location Vancouver, Canada
Job Title Environmental Protection Officer
Employer District of North Vancouver
Degree Completed in 2015

What are your main responsibilities or activities in your current position?

I review development applications for work to be done near watercourses. I enforce both the Environment and Tree bylaws. I do a lot of work around invasive species. I educate the public and work with local interest groups. I review applications and provide input on storm water management plans. I work with our own Engineering Department to influence flood mitigation works in order to minimize the impact to our watercourses. I also discuss ESC issues and review ESC and construction management plans.

What did you enjoy the most about the MLWS program?

I enjoyed the fast pace and variety of courses offered. I also enjoyed meeting the faculty and my fellow students. I like the mix of more traditional courses, online courses and innovative field trips and projects.

What motivated you to apply for the Master of Land and Water Systems?

I was interested in advancing my career and was looking for a program that would help me to do so. I was also keen to find a one year program so that I could take advantage of a policy at my place of work, which allows for up to a one year leave of absence. I also knew the issues in my community and wanted to find a program that could have a direct effect on my work.

How did you find out about/obtain your current position?

I was a current employee and received a promotion.

What do you like and what do you find challenging about your current position?

I enjoy working with a very close knit team in order to solve problems and guide development in order to protect our local environment. I like the wide variety of work that we do, and I like being able to talk the residents in the community.

How does this job relate to your MLWS degree?

I use the skills I learned in the program daily. From how to lead an effective meeting, to discussing storm water management issues, I use many of the skills I learned during my degree program.