Conservation Intern - PEI (Charlottetown)

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 4-month intern position with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in Prince Edward Island (PEI). The PEI Conservation Intern role is primarily to support the PEI Program with the organization and execution of stewardship, outreach, and office work for the 2019 field season. Externally, they will liaise with partners and volunteers in PEI to accomplish conservation actions.  Internally, they will work closely and cooperatively with the PEI Program Director and other team members within the Atlantic Region.  The role involves technical and operational/administrative work.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide support to the PEI Conservation program (under the guidance of the PEI Program Director and other NCC staff) for the nature reserves owned by NCC in PEI;
  • Assist in monitoring of PEI properties where NCC owns land;
  • Complete physical land management tasks such as installing signage, removing invasive plant species, cleaning up garbage, and maintaining property lines;
  • Coordinate the planning, logistics and running of at least 3 volunteer events, and assist with the logistics of other outreach activities; interact and recruit additional volunteers;
  • Prepare monitoring reports for NCC properties;
  • Enter field data into NCC’s Land Information System database;
  • Assist the PEI NCC office with ongoing Program activities (e.g., administrative office tasks, media events, and conservation science research)

Required Skills and Attributes

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

  • University student entering 3rd or 4th year, or recent graduate with a biology or forestry degree or equivalent experience, returning to school in the fall on a full-time basis;
  • Demonstrated interest in natural history and land conservation;
  • Demonstrated excellent plant, animal (bird) and vegetation community identification skills for PEI, ability to key out unknown plant species;
  • Experience working outdoors in various terrains and under various weather conditions;
  • Ability and skills to undertake physical tasks such as removing garbage and invasive species;
  • Motor boat training and experience, and knowledge of PEI waters a strong plus;
  • Navigation experience with both map and compass and GPS;
  • Ability to work independently and as a team in a small office setting, be self-motivated, display superior time management skills, have attention to detail, willing to try new things, and the ability to meet deadlines;
  • Familiarity with common computer software (Microsoft Office Suite, graphics programs);
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) a strong asset;
  • Photography skills an asset;
  • Excellent writing, budgeting and organization skills, experience writing reports and entering data;
  • Strong communication skills, including ability to interact with the public to convey a conservation message;
  • Fluency in English; bilingual in French a plus;
  • Wilderness or Standard First Aid training;
  • Valid Driver’s License, and able to rent a car (must be at least 21 years of age to rent).
  • 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;

Terms of Employment

  • This is a full-time, 16-week (May 13 – August 30, 2019) position. Salary is $17/hour for 37.5 hour week.
  • Position will be based in Charlottetown, PE, with travel throughout PEI for fieldwork, with some weekend work. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

To Apply

Interested applicants should forward their cover letter and resume to:

Attention: Lanna Campbell, PEI Program Director

In your submission email, please include the following:

  • email subject line is “PE Conservation Intern
  • cover letter and résumé are saved together in one pdf file
  • pdf file name is your: First name Last name (e.g. “Bob Smith.pdf”)

Application Deadline: March 8, 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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