Welcome to Conservation Champions, a new series, introducing you to the staff of Kawartha Conservation who work to protect the people, property and environment within the Kawartha watershed.
Kawartha Conservation balances environmental capacity and human need, while managing natural resource features that are essential for sustaining water quality and quantity, through watershed planning, stewardship, environmental monitoring and research, and management of conservation and natural areas.
Our programs and services are focused within the natural boundaries of the Kawartha watershed, which extend from Lake Scugog in the southwest and Pigeon Lake in the east, to Balsam Lake in the northwest and Crystal Lake in the northeast – a total of 2,563 square kilometres.
Today, we introduce you to Jim Shrubsall, Regulations Officer/Permitting Technician
Name: Jim Shrubsall
Title: Regulations Officer/Permitting Technician
Q: What is your education background?
A: The relevant programs I took in college were Fish and Wildlife Technician and Conservation and Environmental Law Enforcement. Both programs were completed at Fleming College in Lindsay, ON.
Q: What do you love most about your job?
A: I’ve only just started in this position since the beginning of March, but the thing I’m looking forward to the most is being able to get out into the communities and meeting the people that make up the Kawartha Region. It’s through these interactions that I’ll be able to help foster an understanding for what we do at Kawartha Conservation and why we do it.
Q: Why does what you do matter?
A: The job I do matters to me because I feel like I have a hand in helping to preserve our natural resources for future generations. In today’s society, I feel it is important to promote proper land stewardship and I get to do this through my position.
Q: What advice would you give others who are interested in a similar position as yours?
A: I would tell others to try to gain experience in regulatory law enforcement (enforcing specific pieces of legislation). A position where I gained this type of experience was Park Warden, with Ontario Parks. I would also say that the Conservation and Environmental Law Enforcement program at Fleming College has greatly helped me prepare specifically for this position and other natural resource based law enforcement positions.