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SEAWA is Hiring!

Position: Restoration Intern
Type: full-time position for new or recent grad (see below)
Organization: South East Alberta Watershed Alliance
Location: Medicine Hat, Alberta

The South East Alberta Watershed Alliance (SEAWA), is a collaborative, multi-stakeholder, not-for-profit society that serves as a Watershed Planning and Advisory Council (WPAC) for the South Saskatchewan River Sub-Basin within Alberta, and Pakowki Lake watershed. Both watersheds comprise the SEAWA watershed. SEAWA’s work is guided by: Water for Life – Alberta’s Strategy for Sustainability, South Saskatchewan Regional Plan, WPAC Programme Areas, and SEAWA Mission and Vision. For more information, please visit

SEAWA work aligns with at least 5 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation, #11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities. #14 – Life Below Water, #15 – Life on Land, and #17 – Partnerships to Achieve the Goals.

Job Description

The Restoration Intern works with the Executive Director and the Watershed Coordinator in the implementation of the work and communication plans of the ongoing riparian areas assessment and restoration project. This project is funded through the Government of Alberta’s Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program. The project started in April 2017 and will be completed in March 2019. This position works as part of the project team; all tasks are supervised, timelines are followed, and all outputs are subject to reviews and revisions to ensure that they are correct, the requirements of the Grant Agreement are met, and SEAWA’s policies are adhered to.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Executive Director, work with the Watershed Coordinator and assist in the following tasks:

  • Implement on-the-ground applied research studies and restoration work; this includes but not limited to: plots layout; collection of donor plant species from natural sites, transport, and transplantation to restoration sites; photos and documentation of 'before and after' restoration; taking GIS coordinates, elevations, and other observations
  • Collect soil and water samples and transport them for timely analysis to labs
  • Do soil, water, and water table field measurements and recording all relevant observation(s)
  • Collaborate with lab and field activities that are conducted with Medicine Hat College students
  • Collect field plant data and any other data
  • Check on all restoration sites regularly, record observations, and report any damage or maintenance need
  • Facilitate volunteer invitation and participation in restoration planting
  • Organize and ensure availability of materials, tools, and equipment for restoration work
  • Record all data into MS Excel, organize data in ways that facilitate statistical analysis and making graphs; input data into the statistical software
  • Review relevant literature and make an electronic file; organize other office files
  • Organize and hold educational forums, open houses, and participation on behalf of SEAWA at community events
  • Organize and hold committee meetings and take minutes
  • Write review of literature; review and format documents
  • Write a monthly report of all activities, write articles about activities for the SEAWA newsletter, and submit a formal final report at the end of the internship
  • Administrative and office tasks, and any other task assigned by the Executive Director.

A student completing the final year of a degree, or a new graduate of environmental science, physical geography, agriculture (plant science/horticulture), or a related natural resource field;

Experience in the following as demonstrated through academic courses or summer jobs:

  • Has taken a course in soil science or pedology
  • Has taken a course in botany, horticulture, or plant science
  • Use of field and lab equipment for basic soil and water sampling and analysis
  • Plot trials or field experiments
  • Native plants propagation and planting for restoration
  • Riparian areas ecology, hydrology, biogeochemistry, or restoration
  • Group-work field project(s)
  • Use of GPS device
  • Report writing as in term papers or lab reports including review of literature
  • Proficiency in the use of MS Suite -- Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher
  • Excellent technical and plain English communication skills - spoken, written, social media; and inter-personal skills
  • Wetlands ecology and hydrology
  • Grasslands natural region especially Southeastern Alberta - its landforms, climate, native plant species, wildlife, water bodies, agriculture, and irrigation system
  • Southeastern Alberta riparian native shrubs and grasses and their propagation
  • A keen interest in and appreciation of the natural environment -- water, soils, vegetation, landscapes and their conservation within the goals of sustainable development

A full-time position starting March 1, 2018 through to August 31, 2018. Hiring is dependent on SEAWA receiving the anticipated grant for this position.

Wage is $20 per hour at 35 hours per week.

  • 18 – 30 years of age; unemployed or under-employed
  • Not receiving employment insurance
  • Not participated in any federal government-funded youth program within 1 year
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident or granted official refugee status
  • Ability to work in a small urban centre such as Medicine Hat, AB
  • This position requires the ability to do field work
  • Work is approximately 60% field work and 40% office work
  • This position reports to the Executive Director
  • A Police Check and a valid AB driver's license are required and
  • Please submit your resume with a cover letter via e-mail to:

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by January 17, 2018 4:30 pm MST

We thank all applicants but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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GoodWork ID: 43373       Date posted to Dec 18 2017