Clean Leadership: Summer Student Internship
Position Title: Oyster Husbandry Intern
Location: Sydney, Cape Breton Nova Scotia
Position Status: Temporary, 15 weeks [May 14, 2018 – August 24, 2018]
Hours: Full-time [35 hours per week]
Wage: $15.00 per hour

Clean is a non-profit, non-governmental environment organization specializing in energy efficiency, clean water and youth initiatives. You may know us as Clean Nova Scotia, but we work on projects in other parts of Atlantic Canada, throughout the traditional lands of the Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik. That’s why we say we’re just Clean.

We are currently seeking a hardworking, dynamic and motivated individual to add to our Clean Leadership (previously Youth Corps) team for summer 2018, who has a strong passion for people and the environment. Our approach is always collaborative and team oriented.

Program Overview:
The Clean Leadership wants to inspire, develop and nurture an interest in jobs that support a future-looking economy and a sustainable environment. By tapping into a student’s journey mid-way through school, our training and internship program offers new green options in career path decisions – while giving young minds the tools they need for future success.

The Clean Leadership builds connections between youth and local organizations to stimulate stewardship for the natural environment and support the emergence of young community leaders. This is accomplished by providing students with training and employment opportunities through paid work placements with community-based organizations. Our goal at Clean is to help build that foundation on which students can build their careers, and grow into the thoughtful, creative policy-makers and CEOs of tomorrow.

Position Overview:
The community partner for this Summer Student Intern position through the Clean Leadership program will be Cape Breton University, reporting to Prof. Rod Beresford, Biology Department. In this position, you will be mainly responsible for assisting with varied research into facilitating husbandry techniques allowing successful oyster culture in the presence of MSX. The successful candidate needs to have a background in biology and/or environmental sciences and a desire to make a difference in a local industry.

About the Community Partner:
Cape Breton University, and the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment, have a mandate to enhance and protect the sustainability of our natural resources while ensuring their sustainable use. Working with partners at Potlotek First Nation, the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, we collectively are working to improve the oyster industry of the Bras d’Or Lake.


  • MSc. or BSc. in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, or equivalent field of study from a post-secondary program
  • Creative, enthusiastic, strong work ethic and excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work effectively both alone and in small teams
  • Excellent organization and ability to keep stringent and meticulous lab notes
  • Must be a Canadian citizen or legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Must be between the ages of 15 and 30;
  • Must be a full-time student and intending to return to school in fall 2018;
  • Is not a member of immediate family of community partner;
  • Have an aptitude for safe work practices and the ability to multi-task in a busy work environment;
  • Be able to work productively as part of a team while responding to feedback;
  • Demonstrates interest in future employment in the environmental or ‘green’ sector is considered an asset.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with experimental trials, in both lab and field conditions, in a variety of locations surrounding the Bras d’Or Lake in Cape Breton. Consequently, a willingness to travel, potentially contribute longer days as required episodically due largely to travel distances inherent to the locations studied.
  • Candidate will help with collection of organisms, water, water quality monitoring, sampling for length-weight regressions as well as histological and PCR analyses.

Application Details

It is possible to turn this position into a Co-op Course and earn 3 credits while you work! To learn more about the CBU Co-op Option and how this fits into your degree, please contact CBU Student Placement Officer, Carly Turnbull, by email: carly_turnbull@cbu.ca

To apply, fill out the online application here. Please note, you will also need to upload your cover letter(s), resume, and letter of reference at the end of the application.

You can also access a list of the position descriptions directly by clicking here. Your application will not be considered until we have received all of your application materials.

The deadline to apply is midnight, March 25, 2018.

We appreciate all interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Clean is committed to Employment Equity and our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative at all job levels. We welcome applicants from Indigenous People, Visible Minority Groups, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations of positions where they are underrepresented.
If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on either your cover letter or resume.