CBU CO-OP/ALL STUDENTS: CLEAN NS SUMMER INTERNSHIP – Stream Restoration Crew Leader, Cheticamp NS


Clean Leadership: Summer Student Intern
Position Title: Stream Restoration Crew Leader

Location: Cheticamp, Nova Scotia
Position Status: Temporary, 15 weeks [May 14, 2018 – August 24, 2018]
Hours: Full-time [35 hours per week] Wage: $13.25 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 the Cheticamp River Salmon Association (CRSA), reporting to Jillian Baker, Project Manager with the CRSA. In this position, you will be mainly responsible for helping to organize and lead the summer work program for a small (3 person) crew of secondary and/or post-secondary students. The summer work program will involve habitat restoration work (e.g., installing instream structures, clearing blockages to improve fish passage, stabilizing eroding stream banks) and ecological monitoring (e.g., taking measurements on channel width and depth, collecting water quality data) on a number of watercourses within the Cheticamp River watershed. The first six weeks of the position will involve receiving job-specific training, working with the Project Manager to identify and schedule work projects for the summer, as well as helping to organize and lead public outreach and education activities (e.g., school presentations and youth angling workshops). A typical work day once the student crew starts would start and finish at the CRSA’s office, where the crew would go over the work plan for the day with the Project Manager, including identifying required equipment and tools, reviewing techniques, and identifying and discussing potential work-related hazards, and debrief at the end of the work day. The habitat restoration crew typically travels to nearby work site locations where they work on completing the required tasks. The successful candidate should be organized and have initiative, needs to be willing to work as part of a small crew, and should have an interest in the natural environment and working outdoors.

About the Community Partner:
The Cheticamp River Salmon Association is a non-profit recreational angling and conservation organization, based out of the small Acadian community of Cheticamp (pop. ~3000) on Cape Breton Island. The Association was created in 1984 with the mandate to enhance the salmon fishing experience on the Cheticamp River and other smaller watercourses in the area. With Atlantic salmon in decline through much of their range, however, the focus of the CRSA – like that of many other Atlantic salmon fishing organizations – has shifted to more conservation work and habitat restoration.

Work undertaken by the CRSA includes the following:

  • Stream restoration (e.g., constructing and maintaining instream structures, watershed planning)
  • Improving fish passage (e.g., replacing a set of perched culverts with a wooden trail bridge, identifying and removing blockages)
  • Ecological monitoring (e.g., conducting river surveys, operating a salmon counting fence on the Cheticamp River)
  • Public outreach and education (e.g., youth fly casting workshops, annual fishing derbies, school and public presentations)


  • 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;
  • Must be willing to work outdoors, occasionally in adverse conditions (e.g., rain, uneven terrain in brooks, insects)
  • Must be comfortable with performing some physically demanding work (e.g., moving rocks, driving stakes)
  • Is passionate about the natural environment and the conservation of Atlantic salmon


Duties and Responsibilities:

The Stream Restoration Crew Leader working with the Cheticamp River Salmon Association will have a variety of duties and responsibilities, including the following:

  • Working with the Project Manager to plan and organize summer student work program for the CRSA, including scheduling educational activities (e.g., tour of local fish hatchery, demonstrations of invertebrate sampling from local experts, etc.)
  • Leading crew of summer students in the field to implement the CRSA’s habitat restoration plans that are focused on a number of local watercourses (e.g., building and performing maintenance on instream structures, removing blockages and barriers), which includes supervising crew, modelling habitat restoration techniques, assisting with physical labour, applying team building and conflict resolution skills, etc.
  • Assisting with implementing ecological monitoring and data collection programs (e.g., taking measurements of stream width and depth, recording data on water quality parameters)
  • Assisting with visual surveying of watercourses (e.g., identifying blockages/barriers and sites of erosion)
  • Taking a leadership role in organizing and running public outreach and education activities (e.g., creating and delivering presentations, helping lead guided walks to educate the public about completed and ongoing restoration activities)
  • Working with the Project Manager to perform office work as required (e.g., helping update website and social media, writing news articles, inputting data)

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.