Greg Elias, Dip ENRTP
I’m originally from Sachs Harbour, NWT. I enjoy being outdoors, whether it’s camping, hunting, or working. I decided that I wanted to become a Renewable Resource Officer for the Northwest Territories Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR). As an ENR Patrolman, I would issue licences, permits, and wildlife tags - but the main reason I wanted to work for ENR was because of the wildlife. I enjoy working with wildlife; whether it’s deterring animals, regulating hunting, or handling samples. Sachs Harbour is a small community, and making sure wildlife regulations were followed was a big part of my work.
In 2012, I moved to Inuvik to enroll in the Environment & Natural Resources Technology Program (ENRTP) at Aurora College. I graduated in 2015, and was awarded the Governor General’s Award for Academics. Afterward, I moved back to Sachs Harbour, but am now back in Inuvik for field work this summer. I look forward to putting my education and experience to good use.
Skills and Expertise
- Field work in remote locations
- Maintenance and inventory of equipment
- Operation of motorized equipment (e.g. boats, skidoo, ATVs)
- Sample collection
- Data entry
- Research assistance
- Coordination of logistics
- Coordination and implementation of safety protocols
- Air Quality Monitoring – I provide technical support and troubleshooting for this project. This includes calibrating air sensors, performing weekly checks of the monitoring equipment, and getting the station back online following service disruptions.
- Permafrost monitoring – I collect data from permafrost monitoring stations, convert the data, and enter the data for analysis.
- River water sampling – I collect river water samples from the Mackenzie and Arctic Red Rivers.
- Pile infrastructure monitoring – I download data from nine loggers attached to five piles which continuously record the ground temperature at different depths.