Spring in Waterton (Photo by NCC)

Spring in Waterton (Photo by NCC)

My summer with the Nature Conservancy of Canada

Molly Dube (Photo courtesy of Molly Dube)

Molly Dube (Photo courtesy of Molly Dube)

Molly Dube was the 2019 communications intern for the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) Alberta Region. She is currently studying natural resource conservation at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Molly is passionate about Canadian conservation and environmental protection. Her goal is to communicate conservation information in a way that will get people excited, inspired to learn more and take action.

My summer with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) was incredible. In my communications intern role, I was able to listen to and work with some amazing people in the many different roles that make up the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) Alberta team.

I had the opportunity to write stories about the conservation work that NCC does on its properties in Alberta. Alongside my writing, I also took photographs and captured footage at Conservation Volunteers events, which is a program that NCC runs to help land managers and stewards of NCC properties achieve their conservation goals with the help of a group of incredible volunteers.

This got me out in the field and to talk to people and hear their stories. NCC is made up of dedicated volunteers, private contractors, summer interns and permanent staff, so conservation looks a little different to each person. In my position, not only did I get to hear about the exciting and amazing work that’s being done, but I also got to write what I had heard and to share these stories with even more people.

A lot of times when you think about nature and conservation, images of the polar ice cap and the Amazon forest come to mind. The regional, the local and the specific ways to help nature aren’t the first thoughts to come up. My experience working with NCC has really grounded me in Canada’s conservation issues and projects.

I was so lucky to be able to talk to experts in the field, do research on these topics and learn from the people directly involved. When I wrote those stories, I could communicate what was going on in Alberta, and I got take what I learned about conservation science and tools back with me when my internship was over.

I learned so much during my summer as a communications intern. The most important thing I learned is that conserving the environment is too complicated to tackle alone. There’s so much work to be done that needs specific skills, expertise and knowledge.

It’s overwhelming. To face this huge challenge, nature needs people.

I feel like I’ve seen many sides of NCC and conservation. I got to see how they all fit together and how these roles help each other. There’s an incredible amount of experience behind NCC, and behind conservation overall, and I’ve been so lucky to learn and work here.

It’s a group effort, a community effort. And it’s been inspiring to be able to play a small part in it.

­­The Conservation Internship Program is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Summer Work Experience program.

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