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St. John's NL Green Job Initiative student Success Story

St. John's NL

Lab Assistant Helps Atlantic Ocean Life

As a Newfoundlander, Megan Stuckless feels connected to the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, she says the ocean impacts all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in some way.

“It is deeply rooted in our cultural, geographic and social identity,” says Stuckless, who is programs manager for Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador (CCNL).

“It is deeply rooted in our cultural, geographic and social identity,” says Stuckless, who is programs manager for Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador (CCNL).

CCNL is a non-profit organization focused on providing meaningful employment and skill development opportunities for youth, while supporting local environmental and cultural conservation priorities of partners throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

This summer, the organization was able to hire 14 students through partial funding from the CPRA’s Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative, with support from the Government of Canada’s Summer Work Experience program.

Zhiyu Chen, student

One of the students, Zhiyu Chen, worked as a laboratory assistant where he studied the effects of offshore oil production and drilling sites on fish. He worked with researchers at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), and also assisted with aquaculture research and research projects at the deep-sea lab.

Chen says his job was uniquely green because his work helped researchers analyze the health impact this activity had on fish.

“My research will help to determine how human activities affect surrounding ocean environments,” says Chen, who is working towards his Masters of Science degree in aquaculture at MUN.

“My research will help to determine how human activities affect surrounding ocean environments,” says Chen, who is working towards his Masters of Science degree in aquaculture at MUN.

He adds that the summer work gave him great experience outside the classroom, and helped him appreciate nature more.

“Funding support through the Green Jobs Initiative has impacted not simply one community, but rather 10 communities throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador,” - Megan Stuckless, Programs Manager

Megan says that Zhiyu’s position could directly inform companies’ and governments’ conservation policies and procedures.

“These young people have had the opportunity to develop professional and technical skills, grow professional networks, and nurture mentorship relationships while making a lasting and powerful impact on their communities and local environments,” she says.

Megan adds that she is thankful for the partnership with the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association through the Green Jobs Initiative, which has positively impacted youth and communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

“Funding support through the Green Jobs Initiative has impacted not simply one community, but rather 10 communities throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador,” she says. “These funds have allowed youth to be directly involved in watershed conservation, habitat conservation, environmental education, bioremediation of culturally and economically sensitive lands, the development of community gardens incorporating traditional First Nations knowledge, wetland stewardship, environmental education and more.”

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