Summary of Position
The community partner for this Summer Student Intern position through the Clean Leadership program will be The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq, reporting to The Mi’kmaw Conservation Group’s Fisheries Biologist. In this position, you will be mainly responsible for assisting the Fisheries Biologist with assessing, prioritizing, remediating and monitoring migration barriers in the Stewiacke watershed, focusing specifically on inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic Salmon. There is a large field component to this project, thus, it is critical that the candidate be comfortable working in an outdoor setting in a variety of weather conditions. The successful candidate needs to have a passion for conservation, a great work ethic and be an exceptional team player.
The confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (The CMM) is a Tribal Council representing eight Mi’kmaw communities of mainland Nova Scotia. Our mission is to proactively promote and assist Mi’kmaw communities’ initiatives towards self-determination and enhancement of community. The CMM is located in the Millbrook Mi’kmaw Community in Nova Scotia and has over 100 employees. The CMM’s Mi’kmaw Conservation Group is currently looking for a summer student to assist with its goal to promote and restore the concept of Netukulimk in the Bay of Fundy watershed. Netukulimk is sustaining oneself and one’s community from the bounty of Mother Earth while also sustaining the environment for future generations.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Planning the field season
– Aiding with the coordination of activities within the project (migration barrier prioritization, migration barrier assessments, migration barrier remediation, migration barrier culvert removals, habitat assessments, and community engagement and education)
– Creating a schedule to ensure all sites are visited throughout the field season
• Participating in the collection of data
– Culvert assessments and habitat quality assessments
– Writing adequate field notes
– Transcribing field notes to Excel/Word documents
• Researching remediation techniques and new areas of concern within the Stewiacke watershed
– Talking with local community members
• Assisting with PIT tagging methodology and fish passage monitoring
– Fish handling and accurate data collection
– Collecting data and maintaining field gear
• Working in remote locations surrounding the Stewiacke watershed
• Writing reports and preparing documents/PowerPoint presentations for management
• Assisting with writing articles for the local newspaper and creating content updates for the MCG Facebook page
• Developing educational material and engaging youth at MCG days
• Taking direction from the Fisheries Biologist or Fisheries Technician, and assisting with other project needs
• Providing direction and leadership to the 9-week intern
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 2019;
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;
Demonstrated interest in future employment in the environmental or ‘green’ sector is considered an asset;
Experience working in or with First Nation communities will be considered and asset;
Must have reliable transportation to the CMM office
• Will be required to spend some of their time working in a shared office space.
• It is essential that the applicant is comfortable working with or around hand and/or power tools.
• The applicant should be comfortable working in/and around aquatic environments (i.e. streams, rivers, wetlands) in various weather conditions.
• Ability to lift 50lbs.
• This position will require performing physically demanding labour outdoors in rainy/wet conditions, in and around water.
All applications will be assessed equally; in support of our Indigenous Leadership stream, in some cases, preference will be given to those students who self-identify as Indigenous.
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