Summer field technician position

23 Jan

The Shell Conservation Internship Program is a partnership initiative between the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and Shell Canada Limited to provide university/college students with practical experience in the conservation field. Launched in 2002, the Shell Conservation Internship Program will, in 2011, engage students from across Canada in stewardship and management work on NCC properties, and in other career-related activities that advance the work of NCC. This partnership builds on the successful history of Shell Canada and NCC working together to conserve many of our country’s most important natural places.

The Summer Field Technicians will assist in the implementation of the stewardship and management program for significant natural lands protected by NCC in Ontario, by working closely with NCC staff, partner conservation organizations, and local stewards and volunteers.  

Locations: Ottawa, Peterborough, Guelph, London and Port Rowan, Ontario

Specific Responsibilities

– Site reconnaissance work, including baseline inventories and vegetation community classification;

– Compliance monitoring of conservation easements;

– Effectiveness monitoring of biodiversity targets and threats on NCC properties and annual inspections to ensure early detection and management of natural disturbances, vandalism, trespassing, emerging threats, and risks and liabilities;

– Implementation of recommended stewardship and management actions on NCC properties, including, but not limited to, invasive species monitoring and removal, trail and fence maintenance, volunteer events, landowner contact and installing signage; and,

– Assistance in the development and writing of property management plans, easement monitoring reports, effectiveness monitoring reporting and other office duties as required

Skills and Abilities

This posting is targeted to students possessing the following skills:

– Experience/knowledge compiling information on natural areas, including land tenure, natural features, threats etc.;

– Excellent plant and vegetation community identification skills;

– Navigational skills including experience with field GPS unit, compass, and/or air photo interpretation

– Experience/knowledge implementing solutions to management issues on conservation lands;

– Ability to work outdoors for extended periods and under various weather conditions (e.g. temperature and precipitation extremes) and terrains

– Excellent written and oral communication skills;

– Highly motivated, analytical and detail oriented; creative, pro-active thinker;

– Ability to work well within team structure;

– Proficient with word processing, desktop publishing, and spreadsheet software;

– Demonstrated interest in environmental issues, preferably in natural history and land conservation;

– Valid class “G” driver’s license;

– Experience working with volunteers;

– Experience/knowledge of the Ecological Land Classification for Southern Ontario and Ontario Natural Heritage Information Centre databases would be an asset; and

– Up to date First Aid training is an asset

Terms of Employment

These 5 positions are full-time 16-week (May 2 – August 26, including 1 week unpaid holiday) postings. Salary is $14.50/hour ($507.50/week).

Positions are based out of either Ottawa, Peterborough, Guelph, London or Port Rowan, but will involve travel throughout the surrounding area in Ontario. This requires the ability to travel to and into field sites and includes overnights away from the home city. Travel expenses will be reimbursed and personal vehicle not required.


Please note that the following Conservation Biologists will act as Supervisor to the interns:

Brenda Van Sleeuwen – Ottawa

Todd Farrell – Peterborough

John Gerrath – Guelph

Mhairi McFarlaine – London

Tom Bradstreet – Port Rowan

A cover letter (2-page maximum) should accompany resumes. Electronic submissions should include a cover letter and resume combined in one document.

Interested applicants should forward their cover letter and resume to:

Kristyn Ferguson, Stewardship Coordinator — Ontario Region, The Nature Conservancy of Canada. Email:

Reference position title: “ON (OttawaPeterborough/Guelph/London/Port Rowan) — Summer Field Technician” in email subject line depending on position(s) being applied for.

Closing date: February 9, 2011.

NCC is a non-profit, non-advocacy organization that takes a business-like approach to preserving Canada’s natural heritage. Our focus is on conservation through private action, and we have a strong track record of partnering with individuals, corporations, community groups, conservation groups and government bodies to create win-win solutions that benefit nature.

Summer Field Technician (Shell Conservation Internship Program)

Nature Conservancy of Canada

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