Conservation Intern - Manitoba (Winnipeg and/or Brandon)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962 NCC and its supporters have protected 2.8 million acres (more than 1.1 million hectares) of ecologically significant land across Canada. NCC takes a collaborative, science-based approach to achieve conservation success for the sake of nature and Canadians. With a national office in Toronto and seven regional offices across the country, NCC delivers results you can walk on.

Purpose and General Description

The Conservation Intern will play an integral role in delivering Stewardship and Science in one or more of NCC Manitoba’s Natural Areas – Tall Grass Prairie, Riding Mountain, Whitemouth River Watershed, Oak Lake Sandhills and Wetlands, West Souris Mixed-Grass Prairie, Souris River Valley Grassland, St Lazare Plain / East Parklands, Interlake and Assiniboine Delta.

The Conservation Intern will contribute to NCC’s work in Manitoba by assisting Stewardship and Science staff with activities, including effectiveness monitoring, assist in preparing baseline reports and Property Management Plans (PMPs), implementing priority PMP and Natural Area Conservation Plan (NACP) actions, entering data in the Land Information System (LIS) and Geographical Information System (GIS) and conducting science projects.

Extensive travel and independent fieldwork requires liaising with landowners, staff, volunteers and partner organizations.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct field work, data entry and analysis to develop Baseline Inventory Reports and Property Management Plans for NCC properties using NCC’s LIS and GIS in all Natural Areas;
  • Assist in the implementation and reporting of Effectiveness Monitoring Programs to track the viability of biodiversity targets and the effectiveness of conservation actions to abate threats at the property and Natural Area scale to guide property management;
  • Complete LIS and GIS data entry for previously surveyed NCC owned lands and Conservation Agreements in all Natural Areas;
  • Assist with Science research projects to answer key knowledge gaps;
  • Other duties as assigned by the Stewardship and Science Managers and the Director of Conservation.

Required Skills and Attributes

  • University graduate from a Natural Sciences Program with a focus on biology, ecology, environmental studies or closely related field.  College Diploma and Certificate combined with experience post-graduation will be considered.
  • Knowledge of vegetation community types; prairie, forest and wetland ecology and ability to monitor ecological health;
  • Experience in designing, implementing, analyzing and reporting on the effectiveness of land management/stewardship activities;
  • Experience in collecting, organizing and analyzing natural resource data;
  • Experience in developing technical reports, scientific papers, monitoring protocols and presentations;
  • Proficient in computer usage, including data entry, statistical analysis, Internet and MS Office applications;
  • Experience supporting active land management (livestock grazing, prescribed fire, haying, weed control) through monitoring;
  • Experience in analyzing, manipulating and interpreting data, including statistics, spreadsheet applications, GPS and ESRI/ArcGIS software (including ArcPad);
  • Analytical and detailed oriented, creative, proactive thinker;
  • Ability to work independently (with attention to detail), seek assistance and input as required, and to work on interdisciplinary teams;
  • Self-motivated, superior time management skills, ability to meet deadlines;
  • Supervisory and project management experience is preferred;
  • Excellent writing and organization skills;
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and writing skills;
  • Strong interest in the environmental field and the vision and mission of NCC;
  • Wilderness or Standard First Aid Training;
  • Valid Driver’s License, with ability to rent a car;
  • Ability to work under adverse climatic conditions.

Due to eligibility criteria of the funder, all applicants must meet the following:

  • Must be between 15 and 30 years old (inclusive) at the start of employment;
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or a protected person as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
  • Must have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial legislation and regulations.
  • Must have registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year (in or outside of Canada)

This position is based in Winnipeg and/or Brandon but requires the ability to travel throughout southern Manitoba.  Extended overnight stays are required frequently.  Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

To Apply

Please submit resumes by May 28, 2018 to manitoba@natureconservancy.ca or call 204-942-6156 with any questions.

We thank everyone who applies for their interest in the Nature Conservancy of Canada; however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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