While many forestry graduates from Christchurch, New Zealand’s Canterbury University end up working in the timber industry, Shane McQuillan branched out.
McQuillan, a consulting utility forester for Davey Resource Group, spent seven years working on pine and eucalyptus plantations in Australia before going back to school at Canterbury. Upon graduation, McQuillan traveled to the U.S. to visit a friend—who is now his wife.
Settled in southern Illinois, McQuillan decided to pursue a career in his field and found Davey Resource Group, for which he has worked for a little less than two years now.
“I never thought I’d end up working for Davey,” McQuillan says, adding the staff of his university’s recruitment publication recently reached out to him in the interest of covering his unique experience and story.
Storm hardening work orders take up most of McQuillan’s time on the job; he travels around Illinois and surrounding states so frequently he has so far seen more of the region than his wife, who grew up there.
“I get to work with different landowners and see historic sites,” he explains. “That’s my favorite part: the different people and locations with which I work.”
As McQuillan continues to learn more about American trees and the forestry industry in the U.S., he feels proud of his accomplishments so far.
He says, “People seem interested in New Zealand and the way I got here.”
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