Conservation/Wildlife

Summer Research Assistant

Organization: Marine Education Research Society

Job Type: Seasonal

Location: Port McNeill/Alert Bay

Posting Date: Apr 26, 2015

Deadline: May 15, 2015

Website: http://www.mersociety.org

Organization Description:

The Marine Education and Research Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting conservation and understanding of marine ecosystems through scientific research, environmental education, and marine wildlife response.  For information about MERS’ research, education and wildlife response efforts, see www.mersociety.org.

Job Description:

Summer Student Position: Research Assistant

The Research Assistant (RA) will provide data entry, analysis, administrative and other support to the Marine Education and Research Society’s efforts to understand and mitigate the threats to marine species around northern Vancouver Island.   

Primary duty:  Entering and performing preliminary analyses of humpback and minke whale sighting, photo identification, and acoustic data.

Additional duties:

  • Supervising volunteers during data entry and analysis in order to maintain the quality of the MERS databases.
  • Planning, preparing and attending outreach events.
  • Providing further administrative support as needed including coordinating the humpback sponsorship program.
  • Assisting with photo identification and sightings data collection. (Please note that this position will be primarily office-based with occasional opportunities for fieldwork).
  • Time permitting, there may be an opportunity for the RA to use MERS data to work on an independent project of interest to him/her.

Salary: $12/hour

Work term: 9 week contract with an anticipated start date of June 29th, 2015

Position location: Port McNeill/Alert Bay, BC

Qualifications:

Successful candidates:

  • Are Canadian or have a Canadian work permit. (Please note: MERS will not be able to assist candidates in obtaining a Canadian work permit).
  • Are students currently enrolled in a full-time post-secondary program, returning to school in the fall of 2015 (funding requirement).
  • Are between 15-30 years of age (funding requirement).
  • Have strong computer skills. Previous experience with some or all of the following programs an asset:  Microsoft Excel, Photo Mechanic, Filemaker Pro, Adobe Lightroom, QGIS, and Raven
  • Work well independently and with minimal supervision.
  • Have exceptional organizational skills.
  • Have knowledge of the biology and ecology of marine mammals in British Columbia.
  • Are able to demonstrate strong abilities in matching whale flukes and fins for identification.
Apply To:

Application format: Applications should include a cover letter specifically addressing position requirements, resume, and 3 references (name, position and email address) with a minimum of 2 being employment contacts.   Applications should be emailed to mersociety@gmail.com

Selection procedure: 

1.       References of short-listed candidates contacted.

2.       Short-listed candidates interviewed via SKYPE.

3.       Final interviews held in person in Vancouver or Port McNeill. Candidates will be asked to complete an exercise to assess their ability to match whales IDs.

Please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted and that this will happen before May 22nd. 

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Communications Intern - Alberta Region

Organization: Nature Conservancy of Canada

Job Type: Seasonal

Location: Calgary, Alberta AB

Posting Date: Apr 21, 2015

Deadline: May 01, 2015

Website: http://www.natureconservancy.ca

Organization Description:
Job Description:

The Communications Intern will assist the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) in Alberta with a number of tasks, ranging from researching and writing stories aimed at NCC donors and supporters in the Alberta region, along with photo research and archiving, media tracking, media outreach, brochure design and other communications related activities. Working independently and with NCC staff, the Communications Intern will assist with planning, research, writing and editing of digital and print publications, particularly NCC’s website and print publication. The successful candidate will also assist with tasks within the development department when needed including special events, outreach and prospect research.

This position is a great opportunity for the successful candidate to apply classroom theories and skills to practical and hands-on work. The ideal candidate for this position would be a student currently enrolled in a communications, public relations or journalism program at a post secondary institution. This person would also have a keen interest in nature and science. This position is based in the Calgary, and a candidate who is familiar with conservation in Alberta would be preferred. We’re also looking for someone who has a valid driver’s license, and the flexibly to work a few evenings and weekends when required. Applicants should be prepared to work until the end of August 2015.

Reporting Relationships

The Communications Intern will be supervised by the Communications Coordinator. The intern will perform daily tasks alongside staff while simultaneously being mentored. When working in the office the intern will work both independently and as a team with other members of the Communications and Development team. Daily communication, distribution of tasks and feedback will be provided.

Specific Responsibilities

- Assist in researching and sourcing stories for digital and print publications

- Assist in editing and proofreading stories for digital and print publications

- Write stories for NCC’s digital and print publications

- Upload images to the NCC Image Database and tag them appropriately

- Where needed, perform interviews of staff or external sources

- Media outreach throughout Alberta

- Development projects: special events, outreach and research

- Assist with ongoing activities as needed

Qualifications:

Specific Responsibilities

- Assist in researching and sourcing stories for digital and print publications

- Assist in editing and proofreading stories for digital and print publications

- Write stories for NCC’s digital and print publications

- Upload images to the NCC Image Database and tag them appropriately

- Where needed, perform interviews of staff or external sources

- Media outreach throughout Alberta

- Development projects: special events, outreach and research

- Assist with ongoing activities as needed

This position is a paid internship funded through Canada Summer Jobs. Applicants must meet the following requirements;

• be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment

• have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year

• be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act3

• be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations

Apply To:

To apply for this internship, please your email your resume and cover letter to kara.rapke@natureconservancy.ca.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation’s leading 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 more than 2.7 million acres coast to coast. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has conserved 234,000 acres in Alberta.

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Summer Property Steward

Organization: Thames Talbot Land Trust

Job Type: Seasonal

Location: London, Ontario ON

Posting Date: Apr 15, 2015

Deadline: Apr 26, 2015

Website: http://www.thamestalbotlandtrust.ca/index.php/employment-opportunities

Organization Description:
Job Description:

The Thames Talbot Land Trust invites applications for the Canada Summer Jobs Program position of Summer Property Steward.

Position Title:    Summer Property Steward

Reports to:    Conservation Property Manager

Compensation:  $11 per hour (35 hours per week for 10 weeks)

Start Date:  May 11, 2015 (approximate, to be confirmed)

Position Summary:

The Summer Property Stewards will be working on management of several of the Thames Talbot Land Trust (TTLT) properties. The TTLT currently owns twelve properties and stewards more than 400 ha (~1000 acres) of land. The properties are situated in the city of London and in Perth, Middlesex and Elgin Counties.  

Qualifications:

Participant must be between 18 and 30 years of age (inclusive) 

Participant must have been registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year 

Participant must be eligible to work in Canada

Completing, or intend to complete, a post-secondary education with a specialization in environmental studies or biology and some experience working out of doors

Knowledge of map reading and use of a compass is important

A valid Ontario driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle with appropriate insurance coverage required

Basic First Aid training and WHMIS certification will be an asset  

Experience:

Previous experience working with environmental conservation projects preferred. 

Abilities & Skills:

Good writing skills, excellent oral communication, attentive listening, tact and discretion and experience working with staff, volunteers and community partners

Physically fit enough to do physical labour outdoors in all weathers and conditions (e.g. rain, heat, mosquitoes)

Good knowledge of the flora and fauna of southern Ontario so that invasive species or sensitive species (including species at risk), will be recognized in the field

Personality to develop and maintain good working relationships with volunteers 

Excellent planning, organization and time management skills

Attention to detail and excellent record keeping of site visits, stewards’ reports and work accomplished

Imagination, forethought and sense of humour dealing with unprecedented stewardship requirements 

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

The Responsibilities of the Summer Property Stewards will include:

1. The removal of invasive plant species from properties (hand pulling, cutting using hand tools and pesticide application under proper supervision)

2. The creation and maintenance of trails and trail structures

3. Assisting with ongoing inventory of natural  features including plants and animals, including data entry

4. Assisting with  species at risk inventory and monitoring on various properties

5. Working with volunteer property stewards and TTLT staff on property management tasks as required (e.g.  replacing signs, garbage removal, assisting with public events as well the tasks listed above)

6. Assisting in the preparation of educational materials and events (e.g. trail guides, pamphlets, signs, web pages)

7. Maintaining a daily log of  activities and achievements

8. Performing other similar and related activities as required

9. Reporting project progress to the Conservation Property Manager in a timely manner

10. Creating  a final report to be delivered to the Executive Director

Physical Effort:

Much of the job will primarily take place in the field in remote locations

Use of hand tools (loppers, hand saws, spades etc), physical effort to remove invasive species and assisting qualified chainsaw operators and licensed pesticide operators will be required.

To apply please email a cover letter and resume, indicating the position title you are applying for in the subject line, to: daria.koscinski@ttlt.ca by April 26, 2015.

If you do not have access to email, you may submit your resume by mail to: 

Daria Koscinski, Conservation Property Manager

Thames Talbot Land Trust

PO Box 25054

London, ON N6C 6A8

We thank all applicants for their interest however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Special thanks to the Government of Canada and the Canada Summer Jobs program for making these positions possible. 

Qualifications:

Qualifications:

Participant must be between 18 and 30 years of age (inclusive) 

Participant must have been registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year 

Participant must be eligible to work in Canada

Completing, or intend to complete, a post-secondary education with a specialization in environmental studies or biology and some experience working out of doors

Knowledge of map reading and use of a compass is important

A valid Ontario driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle with appropriate insurance coverage required

Basic First Aid training and WHMIS certification will be an asset  

Apply To:

To apply please email a cover letter and resume, indicating the position title you are applying for in the subject line, to: daria.koscinski@ttlt.ca by April 26, 2015.

If you do not have access to email, you may submit your resume by mail to: 

Daria Koscinski, Conservation Property Manager
Thames Talbot Land Trust PO Box 25054 London, ON N6C 6A8

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Executive Director

Organization: Haliburton Highlands Land Trust

Job Type: Full-time Contract/Project/Temporary

Location: Haliburton, Ontario ON

Posting Date: Apr 14, 2015

Deadline: May 08, 2015

Website: http://www.haliburtonlandtrust.ca

Organization Description:

The Land Trust is a leader in environmental protection, research, and education in Haliburton County.

Job Description:

The Land Trust is seeking an Executive Director who is a highly motivated and energetic leader with a strong interest in conservation. The Executive Director will serve as the public face of the Land Trust and will provide leadership in the areas of funding development, volunteer and membership development and the management of staff and operations.

The successful candidate will bring a commitment to environmental conservation and a background in management, ideally in the not-for-profit sector. You are a leader with the proven ability to lead an organization through change to successful growth in its funding, membership base and partnerships. You have an undergraduate or college degree in environmental studies/science, business administration, non-profit management or a related field. You have experience in fundraising and grant proposals, policy and program development and excellent communications skills. You are effective in building relationships with a wide array of individuals.

Currently, this position is funded through a Trillium grant. With one year remaining in the grant, success in this role will help to enable the Land Trust to make this position ongoing following this grant. The full terms of reference are available on our website: 

http://www.haliburtonlandtrust.ca/e-d-job-description/ 

Qualifications:

Requirements:

  1. Commitment to environmental conservation, the Land Trust’s mission and successful collaboration with a volunteer Board of Directors and its committees;
  2. A minimum of an undergraduate or college degree in environmental studies/science, business administration, non-profit management or related field;
  3. Experience as a manager, preferably in a not-for-profit or community-based organization;
  4. Experience in successful fundraising and writing grant proposals;
  5. Proven ability to lead an organization through change to successful growth;
  6. Financial management experience;
  7. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, including an ability to inspire and engage;
  8. An ability to build effective relationships with volunteers, staff, partners and the general public;
  9. Effective policy and program development;
  10. An ability to be highly motivated, creative and independent.
Apply To:

If you are interested in being a leader in this dynamic organization, please email your resume to (admin@haliburtonlandtrust.ca) before 5pm on Friday, May 8th, 2015.

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Conservation Programs Specialist - one year fixed term, with possible extension

Organization: Ducks Unlimited Canada

Job Type: Contract/Project/Temporary

Location: Amherst

Posting Date: Apr 13, 2015

Deadline: Apr 27, 2015

Website: http://www.ducks.ca

Organization Description:
Job Description:

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC), the leader in wetland conservation, is looking for a confident, energetic and dedicated professional to join our team. As a Conservation Programs Specialist, you will provide support to help grow DUC’s capabilities to serve its clients who require wetland restoration services.

In this position, you will communicate directly with clients, DUC Conservation Delivery staff and Government staff who manage wetland conservation policies in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Working within a strong team environment, you will also take on responsibilities for managing clients, tracking client contracts, tracking project budgets, generating project reports, follow-up with clients and regulatory agencies as required through the wetland compensation process in NB and NS.

You need to be an enthusiastic team player and passionate about the outdoors – a self-starter who can work with anyone, and is capable of working under minimal supervision.You are independent, resourceful and possess strong leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills and can manage numerous projects on tight deadlines.Your strong communication and negotiation skills enable you to deal effectively with various stakeholders.You are a persuasive, goal-oriented individual.  Your personal and professional experience and directly related knowledge make you the ideal candidate for this position.

Qualifications:

▪ Post-secondary degree/diploma in biology, ecology,forestry, or resource management

▪ Knowledge of business principles or contract management is an asset

▪ Knowledge of wetland systems, wetland identification, GIS, and bilingualism are considered assets.

▪ Strong communication skills which can be applied to advance DUC’s mission.

▪ Able to take initiative; must work well in a team setting and also independently with minimum 

supervision.

▪ Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation capable of accessing rural/forestry roads.

▪ A personal commitment and passion for waterfowl and wetland conservation make you the ideal candidate for this position.

▪ Solid understanding of Microsoft Excel

▪ Capable of working and communicating with diverse groups of people in dynamic settings

▪ Strong data management skills, experience in developing and managing contracts

▪ Strong oral/written communication and presentation skills

▪ Ability to work independently and in a team setting

▪ Good time management skills

▪ Ability to work on multiple projects, set priorities, and meet rigid deadlines

▪ A valid Canadian driver’s license is required

Apply To:

How to Apply

If you are qualified and interested in this opportunity, please email your cover letter (including salary expectations) and resume for confidential consideration by April 27, 2015, to the attention of:

Kerri Walton
Ducks Unlimited Canada
Email: du_amherst@ducks.ca

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. Learn more at ducks.ca.

While DUC would like to thank all applicants, only candidates
considered for an interview will be contacted.

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