What Does an Agrologist Do?

Agrologists are professionals who work in the areas of agriculture, environment and/or natural resources.  BCIA members work in a diverse range of jobs within these sectors.  

Below are some examples of what BCIA members who are Professional Agrologists (P.Ag.) or Articling Agrologists (A.Ag.) do.  Check out our Featured Agrologist  section (under NEWS) each month. 

Darrell M. Zbeetnoff, P.Ag. is a Certified Agricultural Consultant and Registered Environmental Farm Planner. He works with farmers to develop environmental farm plans, agricultural and economic impact assessments and business and strategic planning.

Joyce Veller, P.Ag. is a Licensed Authorization Specialist (Land Officer). She works in Crown Land Administration and is responsible for making recommendations on whether or not applications for the use or sale of Crown land should be granted, after environmental and archaeological considerations, consultation with the public, government agencies and First Nations.

Karen Kubiski, P.Ag. is a Vegetation Specialist, specializing in Ethnobotany.  Her areas of expertise are vegetation impact assessments and monitoring, landscape ecology and ethnobotany. She works with communities who dendeavour to sustain healthy native ecosystems for medicines, food and wildlife. Learn more about Karen under the August 2016 Featured Agrologist.

Audrey Ehman, A.Ag. is a Research Technician for FLNRO in Nelson. She does ecological land classification and mapping. One of her main projects is updating the Biogeoclimatic Ecosystems Classification (BEC) and mapping in Southeastern BC.

Zachary Luck, A.Ag. is an Environmental Consultant. He investigates contaminated sites in Northern BC. He determines soil and groundwater contamination as a result of spills, drilling waste, fertilizers, etc. He monitors well installation and works with landowners and clients to monitor and prevent accidental spills. Learn more about Zachary under the July 2016 Featured Agrologist.

Jennifer McGuire, P.Ag. is Executive Director of Regional Operations in Environmental Protection with the BC Ministry of Environment.  Her expertise is in environmental impact assessment, environmental management systems and waste, compost and manure management.  She makes decisions regarding waste managment and environmental monitoring, setting professional policy direction for operational activities overseeing waste management compliance and impact monitoring.  She finds it interesting to work with amazing people who have a similar passion for environmental protection.

Daryl Schwarz, P.Ag. is an Environmental Technician with Glenmore Landfill.  His duties include collecting and analyzing groundwater, surface water and leachate samples, monitoring and sampling landfill gas well heads for gas quality and also helping operate the landfill gas collection and flare system. He coordinates with consultants and contractors, reviews reports, manages the environmental database, issues contaminated soil disposal permits and provides support to staff on all issues health and safety and environmentally related. Learn more about Daryl under the September 2016 Featured Agrologist.

Thomas Munson, P.Ag. is an Environmental Technician with the City of Victoria Parks.  Thomas works in the rare Garry Oak ecosystems of Vancouver Island.  His work involves invasive plant removal, and restoration of sites where invasive plants have been removed, re-planting of native species and maintenance of these native plants over the seasons.

Marjorie Harris, P.Ag. is an Organic Production Consultant and Verification Officer.  Marjorie's work involves visiting remote areas of the province to meet with farmers to verify that their crops, livestock and processing is up to Canadian and International Organic regulatory standards.  In addition she conducts product, biomass, soil and residue samplings with processors and mineral suppliers to verify they are within a standard protocol and traceable chain of custody.

Christa Pattie, P.Ag. is a Senior Authorizations Specialist in Water with Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Christa measures stream flows, authorizes the use of water, reviews and comments on policies and procedures.  Her expertise is in water stewardship and managing the water resources under the Water Stewardship Act.

Zahed Mohamed, P.Ag. is an Environmental Scientist.  He conducts contaminated site investigations and remediation, writing reports and liasoning with clients and regulators.

John Dewis, P.Ag. is a Senior Scientist in Land Quality and Remediation, conducting contaminated site investigations, soil/groundwater/soil vapour remediations and assisting industries to identify contaminant sources.

Other Professional Agrologists professions:

  • Research scientist in seed orchard pest management, screening for insect and disease resistance.
  • Health and Resource Development in the assessment of air quality, environmental health, human health risk and contaminated sites.
  • Consultant in farm management, corporate design and goverance.