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
This summer share your passion for the environment with Saskatchewanians of all ages! Inspire others to take part in meaningful, hands-on conservation work with the Nature Conservancy of Canada by joining the Engagement team in Saskatchewan. As a Saskatchewan Engagement Assistant, you will assist with the coordination of volunteer-driven stewardship projects on NCC conservation lands and take a lead role in 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 in nature. Events include such things as conducting amphibian surveys, making wildlife-friendly improvements to fences, and planting native species to help revegetate ecologically significant habitats.
You will also assist with the delivery of the Learning the Land program, an educational program developed in partnership with the Treaty 4 Education Alliance designed to combine Indigenous culture and teachings with scientific knowledge about conservation.
Working under the Engagement Manager, you will have the opportunity to explore new ways to effectively engage the public in environmental conservation, while gaining both office and field experience with a leading national environmental non-profit organization.
This is an ideal position for those pursuing studies in Natural or Environmental Sciences who are interested in the human side of conservation. The position offers a dynamic mix of hands-on restoration work, environmental communications, and public engagement.
Duties and Responsibilities
Intern(s) will work closely with the Engagement Manager to:
- Assist with logistical coordination of 10-20 Conservation volunteer events between May and August;
- Work with interns & staff to lead volunteers through hands-on work projects on remote NCC properties throughout Saskatchewan;
- Ensure a high level of safety during events;
- Develop program-specific communications materials (posters, factsheets, etc.) and promote volunteer events to media outlets across the province;
- Generate communication materials to promote the program (blogs, web content, video, etc.);
- Collect, enter and track volunteer data and event metrics (paperwork, evaluations, outcomes);
- Ensure volunteers are recognized and thanked for their support;
- Collect, enter and track field data collected, including weed/plant inventories, wildlife observations, monitoring records and management issues;
- Recommend follow-up stewardship projects for 2019 based on observations and work in the field;
- Act as an ambassador for NCC at internal/external events and when speaking to media (where appropriate).
Required Skills and Attributes
This posting is targeted to someone possessing the following skills and abilities:
- Works well in a dynamic setting, including both office and outdoor environments under various weather conditions (e.g. temperature and precipitation extremes) and in variable terrain;
- Is flexible and open to working long days and weekends;
- Enjoys working with people of all ages in an outdoor setting;
- Has demonstrated experience leading and managing large groups of people of varying demographics;
- Has basic plant and wildlife identification skills and an understanding of conservation issues/concepts;
- Has some familiarity with basic hand tools (hammers, loppers, fencing tools, etc.);
- Has an interest/experience in public engagement and communicating environmental topics;
- High attention to detail with excellent time management and organizational abilities;
- Self-starting, proactive and capable of working both independently and in a team setting;
- Can communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing;
- High level of comfort with Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.);
- Photography/videography experience is an asset;
- Graphic design experience is an asset;
- Must have a valid certificate in Standard First Aid – Level C CPR;
- Possesses a valid Non-Probationary (Class 5) Driver’s License.
Terms of Employment
- This is a 16 week position beginning in May.
- Salary is $17/hour (based on a 5 day, 37.5 hour work week).
- Position is based out of Regina but requires extensive travel throughout Saskatchewan with overnight stays away from home (expenses covered). Weekend work will be required approximately twice/ month, a lieu time system is used.
- This position will report to the Engagement Manager, Saskatchewan Region.
- Applicants must reside within the Regina area.
The funding for this position requires interns to meet specific criteria; please ensure you meet the following eligibility requirements before applying:
- Must be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
- Must have been registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school full-time in the following academic year;
- Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person to whom refugee status has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and
- Must have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with the Saskatchewan provincial legislation and regulations.
If interested in applying, please forward all applications to Kayla Burak (contact info below). To be considered for this position, please ensure:
- You fill out our brief questionnaire: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TRYGRVR
- Your email subject line is “SK - Engagement Assistant”.
- Your cover letter and resume are saved together in one .pdf file
- Your .pdf file name is your: First name Last name (e.g., “Sam Smith.pdf”)
Attention: Kayla Burak, Engagement Manager
Application Deadline: Sunday, February 24, 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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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.