Our priority at this time is the health of safety of the Aurora College/Aurora Research Institute community, as well as the larger NWT and research communities. In response to the global pandemic of COVID-19, the Western Arctic (WARC), North Slave (NSRC) and South Slave (SSRC) Research Centres are currently closed. All of the WARC research support and logistical services for outside researchers are suspended at this time.
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)
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.