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Position: Conservation Volunteers Program Assistant
Type: summer job / summer student position
Organization: Nature Conservancy of Canada
Location: Calgary, with travel throughout Alberta

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is a private, non-profit organization that prides itself on its entrepreneurial, science-based approach to achieving conservation success through direct action. Since 1962, NCC and its supporters have protected more than 2.8 million acres (1.1 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 seven regional offices across the country, NCC delivers results you can walk on.

Purpose and General Description:

This summer share your passion for the environment with Albertans of all ages! Inspire others to take part in meaningful, hands-on conservation work with the Nature Conservancy of Canada by joining the Conservation Volunteers (CV) team in Alberta. As an Alberta CV Assistant, you will assist with the coordination of volunteer-driven stewardship projects on NCC conservation lands and take a lead role in program delivery on the ground.

These volunteer events are designed to engage individuals of all ages in priority conservation work, such as habitat restoration, biological inventories, and infrastructure improvement, while providing a fun and educational experience for participants in nature. Events include such things as conducting amphibian surveys, making wildlife-friendly improvements to fences, and planting native species to help revegetate ecologically significant habitats.

Working under the Conservation Volunteers Program Manager, you will have the opportunity to explore new ways to effectively engage the public in environmental conservation, while gaining both office and field experience with a leading national environmental non-profit organization.

This is an ideal position for students studying Natural or Environmental Sciences who are interested in the human side of conservation. The position offers a dynamic mix of hands-on restoration work, environmental communications, and public engagement.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Intern(s) will work closely with the Conservation Volunteers Program Manager to:

  • Assist with logistical coordination of 25-30 CV events between May and August;
  • Work with interns & staff to lead volunteers through hands-on work projects on remote NCC properties throughout Alberta;
  • Ensure a high level of safety during events;
  • Develop program-specific communications materials (posters, factsheets, etc.) and promote volunteer events to media outlets across the province;
  • Generate communication materials to promote the program (blogs, web content, video, etc.);
  • Collect, enter and track volunteer data and event metrics (paperwork, evaluations, outcomes);
  • Ensure volunteers are recognized and thanked for their support;
  • Collect, enter and track field data collected, including weed/plant inventories, wildlife observations, monitoring records and management issues;
  • Recommend follow-up stewardship projects for 2020 based on observations and work in the field;
  • Act as an ambassador for NCC at internal/external events and when speaking to media (where appropriate).

Required Skills and Attributes:

This posting is targeted to someone possessing the following skills and abilities:

  • Works well in a dynamic setting, including both office and outdoor environments under various weather conditions (e.g. temperature and precipitation extremes) and in variable terrain;
  • Is flexible and open to working long days and weekends;
  • Enjoys working with people of all ages in an outdoor setting;
  • Has demonstrated experience leading and managing large groups of people of varying demographics;
  • Has basic plant and wildlife identification skills and an understanding of conservation issues/concepts;
  • Has some familiarity with basic hand tools (hammers, loppers, fencing tools, etc.);
  • Has an interest/experience in public engagement and communicating environmental topics;
  • High attention to detail with excellent time management and organizational abilities;
  • Self-starting, proactive and capable of working both independently and in a team setting;
  • Can communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing;
  • High level of comfort with Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.);
  • Photography/videography experience is an asset;
  • Graphic design experience is an asset;
  • Must have a valid certificate in Standard First Aid – Level C CPR;
  • Possesses a valid Non-Probationary (Class 5) Driver’s License.

Terms of Employment:

  • Full-time (37.5 hrs / week), 4 month position (May 6 – August 23). Salary is $17/hour.
  • Position is based out of Calgary but requires extensive travel throughout Alberta with overnight stays away from home (expenses covered). Weekend work will be required approximately twice/month, a lieu time system is used.
  • Applicants must reside within the Calgary area.
  • Funding restrictions for this position require that all applicants meet the following criteria;
    • Must be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of the employment;
    • Must 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;
    • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act2 for the duration of employment;
    • Must have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

To Apply:

If interested in applying, please forward all applications to Hannah Schaepsmeyer (contact info below). To be considered for this position, please ensure:

  • You fill out our brief questionnaire:
  • Your email subject line is “AB - Conservation Volunteers Assistant”.
  • Your cover letter and resume are saved together in one .pdf file
  • Your .pdf file name is your: First name Last name (e.g., “Sam Smith.pdf”)

Attention: Hannah Schaepsmeyer, Conservation Volunteers Program Manager


Application Deadline: Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

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.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 11 2019    ID: 50274