SUMMER EMPLOYMENT 2024: Shorebird Interpreters – Johnson’s Mills, NB

  • Location: Johnson’s Mills, New Brunswick
  • Deadline: March 7, 2024

Taking care of our environment has never been more important than it is today. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is looking for three Shorebird Interpreters and one Lead Shorebird Interpreter to join a team committed to protecting our most important natural areas and the plants and animals they sustain.  

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 supporters have protected 15 million hectares (more than 35 million acres) 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: 

Are you passionate about conserving some of New Brunswick’s most important natural spaces? Do you want to have a positive, lasting impact on nature? Are you looking for a well-rounded position to kick-start your conservation career with hands-on experience? We want to hear from you! 

NCC is looking for four passionate people to join the New Brunswick team as Shorebird Interpreters. This interns will assist with shorebird conservation work at NCC’s Johnson’s Mills Shorebird Interpretive Centre. As Shorebird Interpreter, you will monitor shorebird activity at this internationally recognized wildlife conservation site. You will also help NCC protect shorebirds by acting as an interpretive guide for the people who visit every summer to watch the vast flocks of shorebirds that stop to feed on the extensive mudflats found here. The Lead Shorebird Interpreter will work closely with the Centre’s manager to ensure the smooth operation of the facility, including overseeing the interpretive center and delegating tasks in the manager’s absence. Additionally, you will take a lead role in training, maintenance, and other centre projects. 


Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Educate the public on the ecology of the mudflats and the biology of the shorebirds, and help visitors use spotting scopes and binoculars to identify shorebird species;  
  • Interact with the public to ensure that visitors do not disturb roosting birds at high tide;  
  • Conduct daily counts of shorebirds and identify which bird species are present; 
  • Monitor and document raptor activity in the area; 
  • Take care of the day-to-day facility operations, maintenance, and cleaning tasks at the centre and the surrounding nature reserve; 
  • Assist NCC stewardship staff with nature reserve monitoring and stewardship tasks, and community outreach activities as needed. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Required Skills and Attributes: 

This posting is targeted to individuals possessing the following skills and traits:  

  • University or College student entering final years of study, or recent graduate; 
  • Comfortable speaking in front of the public and approaching strangers; 
  • Keen interest in nature, bird identification, and conservation; 
  • Experience in interpretation or guiding is an asset (parks, tourist attractions, hunting/fishing guiding); 
  • Punctual, responsible, and dependable; 
  • Ability to work as part of a close-knit team,  
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and be self-motivated; 
  • Able to work with little supervision;  
  • Bilingual (French and English) is an asset; 
  • Strong communication skills;  
  • Standard First Aid – Level C CPR first-aid certification is a strong asset; 
  • Valid driver’s licence. 

Terms of Employment: 

  • Subject to funding, these are 16–17 week positions from May until September 2024 and will include weekend and evening shifts; 
  • Compensation: $19.00–$20.00/hour; 
  • Positions 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. 
  • Funding restrictions for this position may require candidates to be under 30 years of age at the start of employment, or to have been attending university or college in the areas of Science or Technology, and returning to school in the fall. 


How To Apply: 

NCC is an equal opportunity employer. If you are interested in joining our team, please submit your application through our Internship Program page in our Career Centre. Please note that the Lead Shorebird Interpreter is a separate job posting. 


Application Deadline:  

March 7, 2024, 11:59pm EST, 9:59pm Mountain Time, 8:59pm Pacific Time, 10:50pm CST, 00:59 am +1 AST  


NCC hires based on merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We strive for bold conservation achievements in which equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are the norm. We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. NCC implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated groups to self-identify 

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