National Conservation Engagement Intern - Alberta (Calgary)

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

Combine your passion for the environment with your love of public engagement during this exciting 16-week internship, which will have you connecting people with our mission and sharing the impacts and stories of our public engagement programs.

Working under the National Coordinator of Engagement, you will help strengthen and build support for NCC’s three core public engagement programs – Conservation Interns, Conservation Volunteers and Nature Destinations – and become a storyteller by developing communications content for our social media channels, website and blog.

Through this dynamic internship you will have the opportunity to explore how to effectively engage the public in land conservation, while gaining experience with a leading national environmental non-profit organization.

This is an ideal position for post-secondary or graduate students currently studying Natural or Environmental Sciences, Public Relations or Communications, and who are interested in the human side of land conservation.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create communications content to promote public engagement programs through NCC’s social media channels, website and blog
  • Promote best practices for the collection of high quality photo and video assets among national and regional program staff
  • Help build NCC’s portfolio of digital assets by collecting, editing, labelling and archiving photos and videos
  • Conduct targeted research on engagement-related topics to help inform program development
  • Gathering facts, text and data to inform the development of eco-regional summaries
  • Assist the National Conservation Engagement team with ongoing activities as needed

Required Skills and Attributes

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

  • Ability to work independently and in team environments
  • High attention to detail with excellent time management and organizational abilities
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including confidence with journalistic-style interviewing techniques
  • Exceptional writing skills, with a particular aptitude for identifying and telling stories
  • Experience researching, editing, proofreading and fact-checking
  • Has an interest/experience in public engagement and communicating environmental topics
  • High level of comfort with Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Photography/videography experience is an asset
  • Photo editing and/or graphic design experience is an asset
  • Bilingualism in English and French an asset


  • Must be between 15 and 30 years old (inclusive) at the start of employment;
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or a protected person as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
  • 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 legislation and regulations.
  • Must have 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 (in or outside of Canada)

Terms of Employment

  • Full-time (37.5 hrs / week), 16 week position (May 6 – August 23). Salary is $17/hour.
  • Position is based out of Calgary but includes some travel with potential overnight stays away from home (expenses covered).
  • Applicants must reside within the Calgary area.

To Apply

If interested in applying, please forward all applications to Kirsten Betteridge, National Engagement Coordinator (contact info below). To be considered for this position, please ensure:

  • Your email subject line is “National Engagement Internship”
  • 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: Kirsten Betteridge, National Engagement Coordinator

Application Deadline: Sunday, February 24, 2018

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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