August Featured Agrologist - Sarah Schwarz

What are your areas of practice? What is your expertise?        

Rangeland Management and Primary Production

Why did you choose the career you are currently in?   

Since I was a child, livestock production has been my passion. I grew up showing livestock and had always loved being around them. All of the decisions I ended up making since graduating high school directed me further and further into these areas of expertise. Some examples are completing the Bachelor of Natural Resource Science Degree at Thompson Rivers University and my future ideas for education.

Why did you become a member of BCIA?

I wanted to be recognized as a professional and to be registered as upholding a BC standard and ethic.

What do you do in a typical work day or week?

With my everyday job as a Range Technologist, I carry out range health assessments in the field, oversee fence installation, and edit/update range GIS data. My work schedule ultimately depends on the seasons. Also, during long weekends when I can make the drive, I lend a hand at the in-laws ranch where we are responsible for various types of livestock.

Share some interesting "perks" and experience of your job.

Some the perks of my job are hiking range, visiting ranches, and having conversations with ranchers about their operations. I also love working with and taking care the livestock at home, cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, etc.