Next Generation Conservation Leaders Program
Position: Conservation Intern
Home office based in Winnipeg or Brandon, MB, CA
Please note: We are looking for a pool of qualified candidates to fill multiple positions to carry out a range of duties as outlined below. Candidates and positions/duties will be matched based on experience, skill, knowledge, and interest. The number of positions that will be filled is funding-dependent.
Taking care of our environment has never been more important than it is today. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the country’s unifying force for nature. We seek solutions to the twin crises of rapid biodiversity loss and climate change through large-scale, permanent land conservation. NCC is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to restore protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain.
As a trusted partner, we work with people, communities, businesses and government to protect and care for our most important natural areas. Since 1962, we have brought Canadians together to conserve and restore more than 15 million hectares. NCC is a registered charity. With nature, we build a thriving world.
The Next Generation of Conservation Leaders (NGCL) Program is the result of NCC’s reinvestment toward early-career conservation staff experience in Manitoba. NGCL Program participants benefit from onboarding and training that includes work planning and goal setting. Participants receive performance feedback and career guidance from their supervisors during dedicated meetings at the mid- and end of the employment term. Participants become part of the NCC team and are well supported to ensure safe work habits and environments.
Positions are funded, in part, through the generosity of Jim and Leney Richardson.
Purpose and General Description:
Conservation Interns play an integral role in delivering conservation activities in one or more of NCC Manitoba’s Natural Areas – Tall Grass Prairie, Riding Mountain, Whitemouth River Watershed, Oak Lake Sandhills and Wetlands, West Souris Mixed-Grass Prairie, Souris River Valley Grassland, Lower Qu’Appelle – Assiniboine – Quill Lakes, Interlake, Lake of the Woods, and Assiniboine Delta.
Conservation Interns contribute to NCC’s work in Manitoba by assisting regional staff with activities, which may include but are not limited to: baseline inventories (BIs), effectiveness monitoring, implementing priority Property Management Plan (PMP) and Natural Area Conservation Plan (NACP) actions, Conservation Agreement program support, literature searches, summaries and data analyses, property stewardship and land management activities, and entering data in NCC’s internal databases.
Positions may require extensive travel and independent fieldwork that involves liaising with landowners, staff, volunteers, and partner organizations.
Duties and Responsibilities (positions may include all or a subset of the following):
- Conduct field work, reporting and data entry to assist development of Baseline Inventory Reports and Property Management Plans for NCC properties and Conservation Agreement properties using NCC’s internal data systems and ESRI and ArcMap databases in all Natural Areas;
- Conduct Species at Risk and invasive species surveys, mapping or monitoring;
- Assist in the implementation and reporting of Effectiveness Monitoring Programs to track the viability of biodiversity targets and the effectiveness of conservation actions to abate threats at the property and Natural Area scale to guide property management;
- Complete data entry and quality assurance into NCC internal data bases for previously surveyed NCC-owned lands and Conservation Agreements in all Natural Areas;
- Complete literature searches to inform adaptive management activities
- Develop maps and conduct basic analyses in using ArcMap Geographic Information System (GIS)
- Assist with property stewardship activities such as site inspections, fence and sign maintenance, tree planting, and invasive species management;
- Photograph features as part of standardized documentation processes or for use in media;
- Author/produce at least one media piece that summarizes your NCC staff experience or features a conservation topic;
- Other duties as assigned by the Managers of Stewardship or Science Programs, Natural Area Managers and the Director of Conservation.
Skills and Attributes:
This posting is targeted to candidates possessing several of the following skills and abilities:
- Education requirement – current post-secondary students and post-secondary graduates with a focus on ecology, biology, environmental sciences, or related field; however, individuals having related job skill and experience requirements may be considered;
- Knowledge of vegetation community types; prairie, forest, wetland and aquatic ecology and ability to monitor ecological health;
- Experience with species identification and use of taxonomic keys;
- Experience in implementing, analyzing and reporting on the effectiveness of land management/stewardship activities;
- Experience in collecting, organizing and analyzing natural resource data;
- Proficient in computer usage, including data entry, Internet and MS Office applications;
- Experience supporting active land management (livestock grazing, prescribed fire, haying, weed control) and associated monitoring considered an asset;
- Experience in ESRI/ArcGIS software;
- Experience in analyzing, manipulating and interpreting data, including statistics, spreadsheet applications, GPS and spatial data;
- Analytical and detailed oriented, creative, proactive thinker;
- 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 meet deadlines;
- Supervisory and project management experience is an asset;
- Excellent writing and organization skills;
- Strong communication, interpersonal and writing skills;
- Strong interest in the environmental field and the vision and mission of NCC;
- Wilderness or Standard/Intermediate First Aid Training (CPR C & AED);
- Valid Driver’s License, with ability to rent a car;
- Ability to work under adverse climatic conditions.
Terms of Employment:
This is a full-time (37.5 hours/week) position for 16-22 weeks, paying $18.00/hour, starting May 1, 2023.
Positions are based in Winnipeg and/or Brandon but requires the ability to travel throughout southern Manitoba. Extended overnight stays may be required. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.
NCC is an equal opportunity employer. If you are interested in joining our team, please submit your cover letter and resume through our Career Centre. NCC welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
We value and incorporate diverse traditions, heritage, knowledge and experiences in our mission and in our workplaces. We celebrate the full participation of people from all walks of life as we work towards common goals. We strive for a conservation movement in which equity, diversity and inclusion are the norm. This is our continuous commitment: to promote healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet for everyone.
Job Post Link: https://1.adp.com/Lb5ai2JXoVV
Application Deadline: March 26, 2023 (11:59 PM EST). Applicants are encouraged to apply early as screening for positions will begin in the first week of March.
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.