It's really important to me to have a green job; but a job in an area that I'm passionate about, that's even better. My name is Aurélie Charpentier. I'm an intern at Abrinord, an agency concerned with the watershed of the Rivière du Nord, where I work as a project officer.
Here at Abrinord, our project officers usually have a scientific background. We have geographers, biologists and project coordinators who were environment specialists or have worked in environmental education. It's a well-rounded team. Each person contributes in their own way to keep our projects moving forward.
I was hired for an agri-environmental project where I had to meet with farmers in the region, and also produce short videos, about the practices they were putting in place to protect both the soil and the water. At the same time, I got involved in other projects, so I worked on Abrinord's water sampling program. In 2017, we had 46 locations to sample all across the Abrinord territory, which covers about 2,300 square kilometres.When I was still at school, I remember being told, you won't leave here knowing everything there is to know about the environment, it's impossible. So, the learning is continuous.
Actually, here, it's very special because our skills really complement each others', so there's a lot of sharing.
There's a lot of teamwork — discussions that help us develop our projects and the thinking that underlies all of that. So, it's a lot of fun because of that. No one's afraid to speak up.
In Aurélie's case, the idea was really to be able to hire her and eventually offer her a permanent position.
I'm trying to make myself indispensable at Abrinord. I'm actually quite versatile. I do many things; there are also several projects that I'm leading and also files that I'm in charge of that interest me.
A program like this is an opportunity that all employers should take advantage of because it helps a lot in terms of funding.