Karolann Trépanier : A Project Coordinator Passionate About the Biological Control of Biting Insects
Karolann Trépanier has been working at GDG Environnement for two years now. Graduate of a bachelor’s degree in biological and ecological sciences from UQTR and a master’s degree in environment from the University of Sherbrooke, this young professional spends her summers traveling the territory of Saint-Anne-des-Plaines… to control mosquito populations! Meet an inspiring project coordinator who is not afraid to go off the beaten tracks.
Few people know the role of a project coordinator at GDG Environment. What exactly is your role?
First, it is important to mention that my tasks are related to the biological control of biting insects. At the beginning of the season, I need to identify the stage of development of mosquito larvae in standing water. This is a very important step because the operations will start just before the larvae become nymphs. From then on, my role is to lead a team of technicians to apply a biological insecticide, the Bti, in the strategic locations we have previously identified. Obviously, I support my team by also performing treatments during the season!
My job is very stimulating because it’s a mix of management activities and physical activities. For example, I am responsible for writing reports and monitoring the quality of our services … while doing fieldwork.
What do you like the most about your job?
Working outside! My job requires great physical effort but it allows me to practice biology concepts. Also, working at GDG Environnement gives me the opportunity to observe several different bird species, to see rare plants and to meet wildlife. Few people have such a close relationship with nature.
What qualities do you need to be a good project coordinator?
To be effective, it is essential to be well organized, to show leadership, to have good muscular endurance and to have a good team spirit. I often say that to succeed, I have to work intensively and in all kinds of weather conditions. Basically, I think you have to be a hard-working person who likes challenges. This is not a job that is more for men than for women. It’s mostly a job that is done for certain types of people.
GDG Environnement regularly recruits staff in March and April. What would you say to people who want to join our team?
The working atmosphere is great. We are like a family and we meet often to discuss about our mandates. This promotes team spirit. If you like the physical work and you face the challenges, this may be the job you need!