Three important environmental skills you can only gain through hands-on work

Danielle Horne (NCC), Jamie Fraser (NCC) and John Caraberis on the brick beach, NS (Photo by NCC)

Danielle Horne (NCC), Jamie Fraser (NCC) and John Caraberis on the brick beach, NS (Photo by NCC)

I have always wanted a job that allows me to work outside. Last summer, I was one of the lucky few students to have an internship with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). In an average work week, I spent two to three days working in the...

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How a summer working with a conservation organization helped me as a future journalist

Carys Richards at Waterton Lakes National Park, AB (Photo by NCC)

Carys Richards at Waterton Lakes National Park, AB (Photo by NCC)

My experience at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) last summer differed from most of our interns because I was rarely in the field. While most of NCC’s staff members are directly involved with NCC's on-the-ground conservation efforts,...

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Transferable confidence

Thomas Unrau at work (Photo by NCC)

Thomas Unrau at work (Photo by NCC)

In ecology we talk about how ecosystems with high biodiversity have a greater resilience compared to those that are more homogenous. I think that the same goes for a young professional starting his or her new career in conservation or the...

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Exploring the Maritimes with NCC

Siobhan Darlington at New Horton, NB (Photo by NCC)

Siobhan Darlington at New Horton, NB (Photo by NCC)

As a Haligonian (a person from Halifax, Nova Scotia), I’ve had little experience with the province of New Brunswick. I’ve driven through with my family, and I’ve camped at Kouchibouguac National Park with friends, but...

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Hammering home the message of community leadership

NBCC Moncton Carpentry student working on a public viewing platform at Johnson's Mills, NB (Photo by NCC)

NBCC Moncton Carpentry student working on a public viewing platform at Johnson's Mills, NB (Photo by NCC)

Every summer, massive flocks of shorebirds journey through the Bay of Fundy from the Canadian Arctic before heading to South America. Among the feathered visitors, approximately 80 per cent of the world's population of semipalmated sandpipers stop...

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How to be Batman, or the Flash, or even Aquaman if you want

Female superhero (Image by Vegas Bleeds Neon, Wikimedia Commons)

Female superhero (Image by Vegas Bleeds Neon, Wikimedia Commons)

This past Saturday, the Alberta Conservation Volunteers team hosted our last event of the year: a winter willow harvest in the Red Deer River area. While I was there, working alongside volunteers, it struck me how lucky I am to be part of this...

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Be the light you want to see in others: My internship with NCC

Michelle Dano (courtesy Michelle Dano)

Michelle Dano (courtesy Michelle Dano)

Volunteering is a unique, rewarding experience. Managing volunteers is perhaps even more rewarding. I started in my internship position as a Conservation Volunteers (CV) event leader without much knowledge of what goes into running a volunteer...

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Sometimes, not knowing the answer makes life a little more interesting

Danielle Horne in the field (Photo by NCC)

Danielle Horne in the field (Photo by NCC)

I first heard of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) during my undergraduate degree, which I completed a few years ago. NCC’s focus on working with willing landowners and taking a non-advocacy stance was what initially drew me to the...

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Rediscovering Newfoundland

Brandon Ward posing for a picture while performing forest ecological classification (FEC) on the Grand Codroy Estuary (Photo by NCCl)

Brandon Ward posing for a picture while performing forest ecological classification (FEC) on the Grand Codroy Estuary (Photo by NCC)

To say I was excited to land the position as a Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) conservation intern for the summer of 2014 would be an understatement. In fact, when I got the call offering me the job, I could hardly resist bursting into smiles...

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Hunting orchids in Minesing wetland

Eastern prairie white-fringed orchid (Photo by NCC)

Eastern prairie white-fringed orchid (Photo by NCC)

As an intern with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), I often find myself walking a fine line between work and play. Even the toughest days are balanced by the realization that my workplace typically consists of wetlands, grasslands and...

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