Natural Area Intern - Saskatchewan (Regina)

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

NCC’s Saskatchewan Region is seeking three individuals to fill the positions of Natural Area Interns for the summer of 2019. These positions will work closely with other conservation staff, and the rest of the regional team in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment to undertake important stewardship and conservation activities on NCC-owned lands and other privately-owned lands where NCC has a registered interest. Externally, the Natural Area Interns work with a variety of different stakeholders that may include local landowners, partner organizations, conservation volunteers, funders, among others. The successful candidates will report directly to either a regional Stewardship Coordinator or a Natural Area Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist Saskatchewan Region conservation staff with documentation in all Natural Areas:
    • Compliance monitoring, and baseline documentation field work and reporting for NCC’s conservation easement properties;
    • Property Inspection and other stewardship-related field work and reporting to support the on-going management of NCC-owned properties; and
    • Support for data entry of both current and historic data (e.g. photographs, species lists, anthropogenic features, management plans, etc.) into NCC’s Land Information System (LIS).
  • Verify and standardize vegetation community types and anthropogenic features previously mapped in a GIS database for NCC conservation lands.
  • Participation in Conservation Volunteer Events.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Required Skills and Attributes

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

  • University or College student enrolled in a Natural Sciences Program; with a focus on biology, ecology, environmental studies or closely related field.
  • Knowledge of vegetation community types: prairie, forest and wetland ecology and ability to monitor ecological health;
  • Experience in field collection, organization and analysis of natural resource data;
  • Proficient in computer usage, including data entry, statistical analysis, Internet and MS Office applications.
  • Experience with ESRI GIS software;
  • Analytical, and detail orientated, creative, proactive thinker;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently (with attention to detail), seek assistance and input as required, and to work on interdisciplinary teams;
  • Self-motivated, superior time management skills, ability to work to meet deadlines;
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and technical writing skills;
  • Strong interest in the environmental field and the vision and mission of NCC;
  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s Licence;
  • Able to work under adverse climatic conditions in rural environments

Terms of Employment

  • Full-time, 16-week (May 13 – August 31, 2019) position.
  • Hourly wage is $17/hour, based on a 5 day, 37.5 hour work week
  • Must be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment
  • Must have been registered as full-time student in 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 be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial legislation and regulations, and have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment
  • Positions will be based in Regina, SK.

To Apply

Interested applicants should forward their cover letter and resume to: saskatchewan@natureconservancy.ca

In your submission email, please include the following:

  • Cover letter and resume in MSWord or PDF format only
  • Refer to “Natural Area Intern” in the subject line of the email

Application Deadline: February 28, 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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