CO-OP: Conservation Engagement Intern


The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is a private, non-profit organization that prides itself on its entrepreneurial, science-based approach to achieving conservation success through direct action. Since 1962, NCC and its supporters have protected more than 2.8 million acres (1.1 million hectares) 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.

The Conservation Engagement Intern will assist with the coordination and delivery of NCC’s Conservation Volunteers Program, designed to engage individuals of all ages in performing priority stewardship work on, or simply enjoying and learning more about NCC’s conservation properties in Nova Scotia. The Intern will also coordinate and deliver events to advance awareness of NCC’s efforts to create the Halifax Wilderness Park. The Intern will also engage with volunteer Property Stewards and contribute to other Stewardship program fieldwork and reporting as required.

Skills and Abilities

This posting is targeted to students possessing the following skills:

  • Attention to detail with excellent time management and organizational abilities;
  • Proactive and capable of working independently;
  • Strong communication and public speaking skills;
  • Experience organizing events;
  • Interest in public engagement and communicating conservation messages;
  • Comfortable in a dynamic setting, including outdoor environments, under various weather
    conditions (e.g. temperature and precipitation extremes) and in variable terrain;
  • Demonstrated interest in natural history and land conservation, basic plant and wildlife
    identification skills and an understanding of conservation issues are an asset;
  • Wilderness or Standard First Aid training;
  • Navigation experience and skills using map and compass, and GPS;
  • Familiarity with common computer software (Microsoft Office Suite, graphics programs);
  • Valid Driver’s License

Terms of Employment

  • Must be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of the employment;
  • Must have been registered as full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to
    return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
  • 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
  • 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;
  • Full-time, 16-week (May 6 – August 23) position;
  • Wage is $17/hour (37.5 hrs/week);
  • This position is based in Halifax, NS, but requires the ability to travel throughout Nova Scotia to
    NCC sites with frequent overnights and some weekend work. Travel expenses will be


  • Lead the planning and coordination of 4 Conservation Volunteer events and 4 events promoting the Halifax Wilderness Park;
  • Promote events and recruit participants;
  • Deliver the events, with the assistance of other NCC staff, meeting NCC health and safety requirements for volunteer events;
  • Manage volunteer data and event metrics (paperwork, evaluations, participant follow-up) and organize data collected from the events (bird inventories, measurement of work accomplished, etc.);
  • Liaise with NCC Atlantic Region Volunteer Coordinator to coordinate tasks and activities;
  • Assist with the volunteer Property Steward program;
  • Assist the Nova Scotia Stewardship program with fieldwork and other stewardship activities as needed, including monitoring of Nova Scotia properties where NCC owns land or holds conservation easements;
  • Manage data for NCC properties including field data collection, data entry and ongoing organization of information

Application Details

This is a Co-op position. Please contact Student Placement Officer, Peggy Gordon, for details.