Taking care of our environment has never been more important than it is today. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is looking for a Conservation Technician to join a team committed to protecting our most important natural areas and the species they sustain.
NCC is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization. Since 1962, NCC and its supporters have protected 15 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 local offices across the country, NCC delivers results you can walk on.
Purpose and General Description:
Are you passionate about conserving some of Ontario’s most important natural spaces? Do you want to have a positive, lasting impact on nature? Are you looking for a well-rounded position to kick-start your conservation career with hands on experience? We want to hear from you!
NCC is looking for a passionate person to join the Central Ontario – West stewardship team as a Conservation Technician in the Barrie area. Working closely with NCC’s Coordinators of Conservation Biology in Central Ontario – West, this internship position will help the stewardship team conduct fieldwork in Happy Valley Forest, Minesing Wetlands, Carden Alvar and Eastern Georgian Bay, process field data, and prepare reports. There are also opportunities to work closely with partner organizations, local stewards, and volunteers. This position is intended to provide an inspired, learning-focused environment for a junior professional.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Participate in a variety of fieldwork on NCC properties including:
• Conducting property inspections to check for natural disturbances, vandalism, trespassing, emerging threats, and risks and liabilities;
• Habitat restoration including plantings;
• Removing invasive plant species using manual and chemical control methods;
• Monitoring biodiversity targets (e.g. species at risk, vegetation communities) and threats (e.g. invasive species);
• General property maintenance including trail monitoring and maintenance and sign installation;
• Regularly engage visitors, assist with education and outreach initiatives, and represent NCC in a positive and professional manner.
• Classifying ecosystems by identifying vegetation communities native to Central Ontario;
• Data entry, analysis, research and reporting using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and an internal database system;
• Assist with volunteer and property steward management;
• Assist with compliance monitoring of conservation easements;
Required Skills and Attributes:
This posting is targeted to individuals possessing the following skills:
• Passionate about conserving nature;
• Love for being outdoors and the ability to work for extended periods in various weather conditions and over rough terrain;
• Willingness to learn and follow protocols;
• Comfort working remotely and self-motivated to work independently;
• Excellent organizational skills;
• Proficient with data management and spreadsheet software;
• Physical work will be required (e.g., strenuous hiking, carrying backpack sprayer, etc.);
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to communicate about the importance of conservation to people who visit NCC properties;
• Valid class “G” driver’s license, ability to rent a vehicle, and comfort driving on highways and rough roads.
The following additional skills and abilities would be assets in this position but are not required to apply. Training will be provided by NCC to further develop these skills:
• Basic knowledge of plants, wildlife and vegetation communities as well as experience using identification keys;
• Experience engaging and conducting outreach with members of the public;
• Navigational skills including understanding of GPS devices or applications, compass, and air photo interpretation;
• Standard First Aid – Level C CPR certification.
Terms of Employment:
• This is a 6-month position from July 18, 2022 – January 13, 2023;
• Compensation: $17.50/hour;
• The candidate will live near Barrie to be central within the Central Ontario – West subregion. Relocation is the responsibility of the candidate;
• Access to a vehicle to get to field sites is considered an asset;
• Field work will be based in the Happy Valley Forest (near Schomberg), Minesing Wetlands (near Barrie) and Carden Alvar (near Orillia) Natural Areas, with occasional work in the Eastern Georgian Bay area;
• The position may require occasional weekend and evening work;
• Positions will include “office work” that will be completed in a work from home setting;
• This position will be partially funded by the Career Launcher Clean Tech Internship program. To be eligible to participate in this program,
Interns must be:
o No more than 30 years of age at the start of the internship;
o Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada. Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.
o Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
o Available to work for at least six months (26 weeks)
Interns cannot be:
• Previous participants of a Science Horizon Internship
• Employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns, although this must be clearly indicated by the employer)
NCC is an equal opportunity employer. If you are interested in joining our team, please submit your cover letter and resume through our Conservation Internship Program page in our Career Centre. We strongly encourage applications from candidates belonging to employment equity groups, including women, visible minority youth, Indigenous youth, youth living with disabilities, youth from Official Language Minority Communities (OLMC), and youth residing in a rural or remote location.
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.
Application Deadline: June 26, 2022, 11:59 pm ET
Interviews to be held virtually between June 29-30, 2022.
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