Nicole Hill was born in California, USA, but has called Canada home since 2007. With a passion for wildlife and wild spaces, she completed both her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Biology at Concordia University in Montreal; she did this while working side by side with the US Fish and Wildlife Department and local communities in New York and Vermont to evaluate limitations on the reintroduction success of landlocked Atlantic salmon in Lake Champlain.
Nicole is happiest when working in the field, and spent multiple summers following her graduation monitoring and reintroducing Burrowing Owls in Alberta’s prairies.
Nicole’s Nunavut experience began in 2018, when she worked with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Iqaluit and Pangnirtung as an Aquatic Science Field Technician. She then spent four months as a Fisheries Strategy Implementation Advisor with the Government of Nunavut’s Fisheries and Sealing Division in Iqaluit, prior to joining the Sivummut team in 2019.
Through her work, Nicole has developed an active awareness of the cultural and economic importance of local fishery resources. She has experience leading field teams and managing field related logistics, as well as developing standard operating procedures, project reports, and presentations for audiences with varying levels of scientific background. This includes leading the reformation of the Nunavut Community Aquatic Monitoring Program (N-CAMP) and revisions to the GN’s Fish Freight Subsidy Policy.
Outside of work, Nicole enjoys all things crafty, with special interests in printmaking and knitting.