Boreal Program Internship

Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted by September 24, 2017
Payment Description: Full–time, 12-month position, at $14/hr
Location: Ontario Nature’s Boreal Conservation Office — 10 Cumberland Street North, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Job Description
Ontario Nature is seeking a self-motivated individual, who is committed to the conservation of northern Ontario’s wild species and wild spaces. Reporting to the Boreal Program Manager, the intern will support the delivery of Ontario Nature’s boreal programs. This is a dynamic position that will include working with wildlife and habitat data, developing educational materials, and supporting citizen science.

The ideal candidate is hard-working, highly organized and knowledgeable about forest certification, reptiles and amphibians, species at risk and northern conservation. The ability to work well with people and support excellent public outreach is required.

Principle Responsibilities
• Organize and update conservation databases, and map production, as required.
• Work respectfully and effectively with project partners, participants and volunteers to deliver citizen science workshops.
• Assist with research and preparation of educational and outreach materials for Ontario Nature’s Boreal Program.
• Respond to requests for information from the public, including research, fact-checking, and proof-reading.
• Promote program activities through social media (and other web-based resources), newsletters, and print media.
• Provide logistical support for meetings and workshops.
• Represent Ontario Nature at events across northern Ontario.

Qualifications and Job Requirements:
• University and college graduates who have graduated within the last three years from an accredited college or university, with a background in resource management, environmental studies or other equivalent experience. Candidates must be graduates of post-secondary degree or diploma programs.
• Demonstrated skills using ArcMap, including database organization, analysis and map production.
• Previous experience working with the public and/or delivering outreach and educational programs.
• A positive, outgoing attitude with strong interpersonal skills.
• Excellent organizational skills.
• Demonstrated problem solving skills, and ability to work well independently.
• Basic knowledge of forest certification systems and requirements in Canada.
• Basic knowledge of edible plants, species at risk and herpetofauna in northern Ontario.
• Proficiency in all applications of the Microsoft Office suite of programs including PowerPoint, Excel, Access and Word.
• Driver’s license required.

Working Conditions
This is a full-time, 12-month paid position. The Boreal Program Intern will be expected to maintain a regular work week from Ontario Nature’s Thunder Bay office. The job requires some evening and weekend work as well as potential travel throughout the summer to northern communities.

Please submit a resume, cover letter and three references in one document (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF) to:

Dr. Julee Boan
Boreal Program Manager
Ontario Nature

The deadline for applications is September 24, 2017. Please only apply via email and include ‘Boreal Program Internship’ in the subject line.

Although Ontario Nature appreciates the efforts of all those who apply for this position, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No unsolicited emails or phone calls please.


Ontario Nature will accommodate the needs of people with disabilities in all aspects of our hiring process upon request. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities.

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