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
Every summer, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) hires post-secondary students to spend four months assisting with various aspects of delivering its conservation program. In 2019, the Nature Conservancy of Canada will be hiring one communications intern to work for the Saskatchewan Region out of its Regina office.
The communications intern will assist the communications manager with a wide variety of outreach, event coordination and promotional activities. Working independently and with NCC staff, the communications intern will help to develop regional content for NCC’s digital and print publications, promote NCC’s regional activities in communities across Saskatchewan and contribute to event coordination and public relations activities.
This position is a great opportunity for the successful candidate to apply classroom theories and skills to practical and hands-on work. Tasks such as researching stories, conducting interviews, writing, editing and proofreading for a variety of media, as well as assisting with media outreach and event promotion will allow the intern to apply and develop skills that are highly valued in the communications and public relations sectors of the workforce.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Research and write content and for digital and print publications.
- Edit and proofread content for digital and print publications.
- Where needed, perform interviews of staff or external sources.
- Promote NCC events and activities
- Support the coordination and delivery of public events.
- Assist the Saskatchewan communications manager with ongoing activities as needed.
Required Skills and Attributes
- Self-motivated team-player
- Exceptional interpersonal skills, including confidence with journalistic-style interviewing techniques
- Exceptional writing skills, with a particular aptitude for identifying and telling great stories
- Experience editing, proofreading and fact-checking
- Appreciation for nature, ecology, wildlife, habitat conservation and/or the great outdoors
- Organized, attention to detail
The funding for this position requires interns to meet specific criteria; please ensure you meet the following eligibility requirements before applying:
- Must be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
- Must have been registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school full-time in the following academic year;
- Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person to whom refugee status has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and
- Must have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with the Saskatchewan provincial legislation and regulations.
Terms of Employment
- This is a 16 week position starting in May, with possibility for extension.
- Salary is $17/hour (based on a 5 day, 37.5 hour work week).
- This position will report to the communications manager, Saskatchewan Region.
- This position is based in Regina. There may be some opportunities for travel within the province.
- Work on weekends may be required occasionally.
Interested applicants should forward their cover letter, resume and writing sample* quoting “Saskatchewan Communications Intern” to:
Attention: Daphne May, Re: Saskatchewan Communications Intern
Application Deadline: Thursday, February 28, 2019
No telephone calls please.
*Writing samples should demonstrate your ability to use language to communicate clearly and compellingly to a general audience. Examples of suitable samples would include short news articles, blog posts, media releases, newsletter stories, creative non-fiction or other non-academic articles.
We thank everyone who applies for their interest in the Nature Conservancy of Canada; however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.