Recent or Potential Grads: Shorebird Interpreter – Nature Conservancy of Canada

  • Location: Johnson's Mills, New Brunswick
  • Deadline: February 26, 2021 at 11:59 pm

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to conserve 14 million hectares (35 million acres), coast to coast to coast.


The interpreter will assist in shorebird conservation work at NCC’s Johnson’s Mills Shorebird Interpretive Centre. The interpreter will monitor and protect shorebirds by acting as an interpretation guide to the people who visit every summer to watch the vast flocks of shorebirds, mostly Semipalmated Sandpipers that stop to feed on the extensive mudflats found here.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Educate the public on the ecology of the mudflats and the biology of the shorebirds, stressing the importance of not disturbing the birds as they roost on the beaches at high tide, and assisting with the use of spotting scopes and binoculars to identify shorebird species;
  • Conduct daily counts of shorebirds and identify species present;
  • Monitor and record the presence and species of raptors in the area and the number of shorebirds preyed on;
  • Perform day to day cleaning and maintenance tasks at the centre and surrounding land;
  • Assist NCC stewardship staff with outreach activities and administration as needed.

Required Skills and Abilities:

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

  • University or College student entering final years of study, or recent graduate in biology or related field;
  • Demonstrated interest in natural history, flora/fauna (bird) identification and land conservation;
  • Experience in interpretation an asset (park or tourist attraction);
  • Punctual, responsible, dependable, and organized;
  • Ability to work independently and as a team, be self-motivated, display superior time management skills, have attention to detail, and the ability to meet deadlines;
  • Able to work with little supervision;
  • Bilingual (French and English) preferred;
  • Comfortable speaking in front of the general public and in a high-profile setting with regular media exposure.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral;
  • Standard First Aid – Level C CPR first-aid certification;
  • Valid driver’s licence;

Terms of Employment:

  • This is a full-time 12 week (June – September) position and will include weekend and evening shifts;
  • Salary will be between $14-16/hour;
  • Funding restrictions for this position may require candidates to be under 30 years of age at the start of employment, or a current student attending university or college in the areas of Science or Technology in the semester leading up to the June 07, 2021 start date with plans to return in the fall.
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the 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;
  • NCC has developed COVID-19 protocols related to workplace and travel health and safety that all staff, including interns, must observe. Provincial guidelines are also monitored and applied within the NCC workplace and activities.

*Position will be based at Johnson’s Mills, approximately 30 km from Sackville/50 km from Moncton, NB, and the intern must be able to commute.

To Apply:

Interested applicants must:

Apply through the Nature Conservancy of Canada jobs website at and click on “Conservation Internship Program”

Application Deadline: February 26, 2021

We thank everyone who applies for their interest in the Nature Conservancy of Canada; however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.