Conservation Engagement Intern - Ontario (Guelph)

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 Engagement Intern will work closely with NCC Ontario’s Conservation Coordinator to support programs that connect Canadians with nature, including the Conservation Volunteers (CV) and Nature Destinations programs.  The Conservation Engagement Intern will assist with the coordination of volunteer-driven stewardship projects on NCC conservation lands and support program delivery on the ground.  These volunteer events are designed to engage individuals of all ages in priority conservation work, such as habitat restoration, biological inventories and infrastructure improvement, while providing a fun and educational experience for participants. The Conservation Engagement Intern will also assist with the implementation of the stewardship program for significant natural lands protected by NCC across Ontario under the supervision of NCC’s local Coordinators, Conservation Biology. The position offers a dynamic mix of hands-on restoration work, environmental communications and public engagement.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with logistical coordination of 20-30 CV events between May and August;
  • Work with stewardship staff to lead volunteers through hands-on work projects on remote NCC properties throughout Ontario;
  • Work with communications and stewardship staff to promote volunteer events;
  • Collect, enter and track volunteer data and event metrics;
  • Ensure volunteers are recognized and thanked for their support;
  • Support stewardship staff with planning, contracting and implementing visitor infrastructure upgrades to current and future Nature Destination properties in Ontario;
  • Support the coordination and sharing of trail stewardship techniques, protocols, monitoring, management and reporting;
  • Assist with the implementation of recommended stewardship and management actions on NCC properties, with a focus on invasive species monitoring and removal, trail monitoring and maintenance, restoration plantings and species at risk monitoring;
  • Assist with data collection, data entry, analysis and reporting as required to develop and implement property management plans.

Required Skills and Attributes

This posting is targeted to individuals possessing the following skills:

  • Demonstrated interest in conservation issues in Ontario;
  • Works well in a dynamic setting, including both office and outdoor environments;
  • Is flexible and open to working long days and weekends;
  • Experience/knowledge in collecting and compiling information on natural areas, including natural features, threats etc.;
  • Ability to identify common Ontario plants, wildlife and vegetation communities as well as experience using dichotomous identification keys;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Has an interest/experience in public engagement and communicating environmental topics;
  • Highly motivated, analytical and detail oriented; creative, pro-active thinker;
  • Ability to work well within team structure;
  • Experience working with volunteers and/or visitors;
  • Proficient with word processing, desktop publishing, and spreadsheet software;
  • Ability to work outdoors for extended periods in various weather conditions (e.g. high summer temperatures and humidity, heavy rain) and on various terrain;
  • Ability to carry heavy equipment for long hours over rough terrain;
  • Ability and willingness to travel as needed;
  • Valid class “G” driver’s license and ability to rent a vehicle in Ontario.

The following additional skills and abilities would be assets in these positions:

  • Standard First Aid - Level C CPR first-aid certification;
  • Experience using chainsaws, brush cutters, farm utility vehicles, power tools, lawn tractors and other mechanized stewardship equipment; experience driving pick up trucks and utility trailers;
  • Pesticide exterminator license.

Terms of Employment

  • Anticipated Dates of Employment: 16 weeks; May 6 to August 23, 2019;
  • Salary: $16.00/hour for a 37.5 hour work week
  • Position is based out of Guelph but requires travel throughout Ontario with overnight stays away from home (expenses covered). Weekend work will be required approximately twice/month; a lieu time system is used.
  • Funding restrictions for this position require that all applicants meet the following criteria;
    • Must be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of the employment;
    • 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;
    • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of 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

  1. Fill out our brief questionnaire (please allow 5-10 minutes to complete):
  2. Email your application to the email address that will be provided upon completion of the questionnaire, following the instructions provided.
  3. Please note that some of our funding sources have additional eligibility criteria. Information about these criteria is collected in the application questionnaire.

To be considered for these positions, please ensure your:

  • Email subject line is “2019 Conservation Engagement Intern – Ontario
  • cover letter is a maximum of one page long
  • cover letter and resume are saved together in one pdf file
  • pdf file name is your: First name Last name (e.g. “Jane Smith.pdf”)

Applications that do not fulfil these submission requirements will not be considered.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 (11:59 PM EST)

Late applications will not be considered.

No telephone calls please. We thank everyone who applies for their interest in the Nature Conservancy of Canada; however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

At the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) we strive to promote diversity in the workplace and encourage applications from all qualified individuals.

NCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, we will provide accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process. If selected to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please inform Human Resources staff of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require.

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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