Conservation Intern - Nova Scotia (Halifax)

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 assist in the implementation of the stewardship program for natural areas protected by NCC in Nova Scotia. The intern will work independently and with NCC staff to monitor NCC natural areas across Nova Scotia, compile fauna, flora and ecosystem inventories, implement property management plans, work with volunteer property stewards, and assist with Conservation Volunteer events in Nova Scotia.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Complete inventories of plants, animals, communities, physical features and anthropogenic influences  on NCC sites in Nova Scotia;
  • Complete monitoring of Nova Scotia properties where NCC owns land or holds conservation easements;
  • Record and map property features (ecosystems, species, anthropogenic) as well as incidental flora and fauna observations;
  • Complete land management tasks such as installing signage, removing invasive plant species, cleaning up garbage and maintaining trails;
  • Assist with the coordination and delivery of Conservation Volunteer events and stewardship volunteer activities;
  • Prepare baseline reports and monitoring reports for NCC properties including field data collection, data entry and ongoing organization of information;
  • Assist the Nova Scotia Stewardship

Required Skills and Attributes

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

  • Demonstrated interest in natural history and land conservation;
  • Demonstrated flora and fauna (esp. birds) identification skills for Nova Scotia, and the ability to key out unknown species;
  • Experience working outdoors in various terrain and under various weather conditions;
  • Navigation experience and skills using map and compass, and GPS;
  • 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);
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems and ArcMap an asset;
  • Strong communication skills, including ability to interact with the public to convey a conservation message;
  • Wilderness or Standard First Aid Training
  • Valid Driver’s License

Terms of Employment

  • Must be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of the employment;
  • Must have been registered as 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;
  • Full-time, 16-week (May 6 – August 23) position;
  • Wage is $17/hour (37.5 hrs/week);
  • This position is based in Halifax, NS, but requires the ability to travel throughout Nova Scotia to NCC sites with frequent overnights and some weekend work. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

To Apply

Interested applicants should forward their cover letter and resume to:


In your submission email, please include the following: 

  • Cover letter and resume as a single pdf document
  • Reference position title in email subject line: NS Conservation Intern 

Application Deadline: March 1, 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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