Shoreline clean up (Photo by Stephen DesRoches)

Shoreline clean up (Photo by Stephen DesRoches)

Nature Conservancy of Canada providing youth employment this summer

April 13, 2021
NB/NS/PEI/NL

 

$166,000 needed to help pay wages

Young people continue to face challenges entering the workforce as Canada deals with the impacts of COVID-19. The Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC's) Atlantic Region is helping that situation by offering 13 paid work internship opportunities this summer.

The charitable land trust is presently raising $166,000 necessary to help young people obtain meaningful work experience in Atlantic Canada. The funding will be used to match contributions from individuals, the Hewitt Foundation and programs offered by levels of government. People and companies interested in learning more and donating can do so by calling 1-877-231-4400. 

“Today’s interns are aspiring biologists, foresters and scientists, so by investing in them, we are helping contribute to Canada’s conservation leaders of tomorrow. We are proud to work in local communities and equip our youth with the skills, training and work experience they need to advance in their career paths,” said Kelly Cain, regional vice-president with the Nature Conservancy of Canada.  

Conservation interns get to put their education into practice doing on-the-ground, conservation and stewardship work on NCC nature reserves. They also learn and improve useful job skills, such as effective communication and teamwork, through workshops and dealing with the public.

  • Conservation field interns help care for NCC’s nature reserves by cleaning up garbage, removing invasive species, assisting with forest restoration activities, and recording observations of species at risk and rare species. They work with our staff, partners and volunteers, to monitor NCC properties, compile plant and wildlife and ecosystem inventories.
  • Five positions will be located at the NCC’s Shorebird Reserve and Interpretive Centre in Johnson Mills, New Brunswick. The interns help by educating visitors on shorebird migration and minimizing human disturbances, monitoring the beach, conducting daily counts of shorebirds and other records.
  • The Dr. Bill Freedman Memorial Intern will carry out field research on turtle movement in the Chignecto Isthmus, which connects New Brunswick with Nova Scotia. This involves surveys of suspected wood turtle habitat and potential turtle road crossings. This research will help inform priority areas for conservation.
  • The conservation engagement intern helps coordinate NCC’s on-the-ground volunteer events. In 2019, NCC held over 340 different activities, such as making trails, counting birds, planting trees or removing invasive species on NCC properties. The individual also interacts with volunteer land stewards in local communities and helps with other field work.

About

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 partners have helped to protect 14 million hectares (35 million acres), coast to coast to coast, including more than 32,845 hectares (81,163 acres) of ecologically significant land in Atlantic Canada. To learn more, visit natureconservancy.ca.

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