Conservation Engagement Intern - New Brunswick (Fredericton)

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

Inspire New Brunswickers to take part in hands-on conservation initiatives with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). As the NB Conservation Engagement Intern, you will be supporting the Volunteer Program Coordinator in coordinating and leading Conservation Volunteer events across New Brunswick; events designed to engage individuals of all ages in stewardship work on NCC’s conservation properties. Additionally, you will assist in the planning and delivery of outreach and educational events (such as interpretive hikes with youth), and help with volunteer recruitment, communication and data management.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the planning, logistics and running of a minimum of 5 Conservation Volunteer events held between May and September across NB, including promotion and recruitment, organizing event details, leading the event, and follow up;
    • Undertake volunteer recruitment through group partnerships, print, radio and TV media, with follow-up stories after events with media;
    • With other NCC staff, lead volunteers through hands-on work projects on NCC properties throughout NB, ensuring safe and satisfied volunteers;
    • Recruit and follow-up with interested volunteers, provide training and volunteer materials;
    • Compile volunteer data and event metrics (event summaries, evaluations, participant follow-up) for events throughout the region;
  • Assist with the coordination of outreach and educational events, including volunteer training event, community meetings, nature walks, and school events;
  • Synthesize volunteer event and field data for year-end reporting;
  • Recommend follow-up stewardship events for 2020 NCC properties based on observations and work in the field;
  • Assist Volunteer Program Coordinator with developing material and organize long-term volunteer data.

Required Skills and Attributes

This posting is targeted to someone possessing the following skills and abilities:

  • University or college student preferably entering 3rd or 4th year, or recent graduate. Must have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
  • Attention to detail with excellent time management and organizational abilities;
  • Self-starting, proactive and capable of working independently;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including ability to interact with the public to convey a conservation message, and comfortable speaking to groups as well as the media, familiarity with social media (Twitter, Facebook);
  • Outgoing and enjoy working with people/volunteers of all ages in outdoor settings, interest in public engagement and communicating environmental topics;
  • Work well in a dynamic setting, including office and outdoor environments, under various weather conditions (e.g. temperature and precipitation extremes) and in variable terrain;
  • Demonstrated interest in natural history and land conservation, basic plant and wildlife identification skills and an understanding of conservation issues;
  • Highly motivated with creative thinking abilities in both office and field settings;
  • Wilderness or Standard First Aid training;
  • Familiarity with common computer software (Microsoft Office Suite, graphics programs);
  • Valid Driver’s License, and able to rent a car (must be at least 21 years of age to rent);
  • Fluency in English is required, fluency in French is a strong asset;
  • Photography skills are an assets.

Terms of Employment

  • This is a full-time, 16-week (May 6 – August 23) position. Salary is $17/hour for a 37.5 hour week. Start and end dates may be flexible.
  • Position will be based in Fredericton, NB, with travel throughout NB to prep for and attend events. Most events take place on weekends and some will require overnight travel. Travel expenses will be reimbursed and time off granted for weekend work.
  • Due to funding requirements, must be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of the employment;
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment;
  • 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 or territorial legislation and regulations.

To Apply

Interested applicants should forward their cover letter and resume to:

Attention: Courtney Thompson, Volunteer Program Coordinator for Atlantic Region

In your submission email, please include the following:

  • Subject line: “NB Conservation Engagement Intern”
  • Resume and cover letter are saved together in one pdf document
  • Pdf file name is your: First name Last name (e.g. “Bob Smith.pdf”)

Application Deadline: March 4th, 2019

No telephone calls please. Late applications will not be considered.

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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