Conservation Intern - Newfoundland (St. John’s)

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

Seeking a flexible candidate with multiple skill sets to fill a 16-week intern position with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL). The NL Conservation Intern role is primarily to support the NL Program with the organization and execution of stewardship, land management, and office work for the 2019 field season. Externally, they will liaise with partners and volunteers in NL to accomplish conservation actions.  Internally, they will work closely and cooperatively with the NL Stewardship Coordinator and other team members within the Atlantic Region.  The role involves technical and operational/administrative work.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide support to the NL stewardship program (under the guidance of the NL Stewardship Coordinator and other NCC staff) for the nature reserves owned by NCC in NL;
  • Undertake land management actions as laid out in property management plans, and assist in working with communities and neighbours to resolve any issues;
  • Undertake fieldwork monitoring of NCC-owned properties (e.g., inventories of plants, animals, communities, physical features, and anthropogenic influences);
  • Complete land management tasks such as installing signage, cleaning up garbage, and planting trees;
  • Perform data entry, organize stewardship information, and assist with fieldwork reporting and mapping;
  • Assist with coordinating and delivering Conservation Volunteers events – one-day volunteer work days on NCC land to accomplish needed tasks;
  • Assist the NL NCC office with ongoing program activities (e.g., administrative office tasks, media events, partner meetings for conservation planning, and research).

Required Skills and Attributes

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

  • University student in a biology/environmental science program or similar area of study, who has been registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and will be returning to full-time studies in the fall;
  • Demonstrated interest in natural history and land conservation;
  • Exemplary and proven organization, planning, report writing, and data entry skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to interact with the public to convey a conservation message;
  • Technical knowledge related to flora and fauna identification in NL, and the ability to key out unknown species, as well as demonstrated experience conducting fieldwork; 
  • Navigation experience and skills using map, compass, and GPS;
  • Ability and skills to undertake physical tasks such as removing garbage, planting trees, and hanging signs;
  • Experience working outdoors on various terrains and under various weather conditions;
  • Ability to work independently, be self motivated, and display superior time management skills, attention to detail, as well as the ability to meet deadlines;
  • Familiarity with common computer software (Microsoft Office Suite);
  • Ability to maintain a dynamic work plan, and meet fixed deadlines;
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to make decisions using sound judgment;
  • Wilderness or Standard First Aid training;
  • Valid Driver’s License;
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS ) a strong asset.

Terms of Employment

  • This is a full-time, 16 week (May 13th, 2019 – August 30th, 2019) position. Rate of pay is $17/hour for a 37.5 hour work week.
  • This position is based in St. John’s, NL, but requires the ability to travel throughout the island of Newfoundland to NCC sites with overnights and some weekend work during the summer months. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.
  • Due to funding requirements, candidate must be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of the employment;
  • Must have been 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;
  • 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 complete the survey found at the link below, then forward their cover letter and resume saved together in one pdf file (named First name_Last name e.g., “Jane_Doe.pdf”) to the e-mail address provided on the survey completion page.

Application Deadline: March 1st, 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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