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Summary of Position
The community partner for this Summer Student Intern position through the Clean Leadership program will be Nova Scotia Salmon Association, reporting to the Conservation Biologist and Program Coordinator. In this position, you will be mainly responsible for assisting field biologists and technicians with various aspects of the West River, Sheet Harbour Acid Mitigation Project. This includes travel to field sites and work in a variety of weather conditions, along with installation of juvenile fish traps, habitat surveys and water quality monitoring. Although most days will be spent doing fieldwork on rivers or small watercraft, there will also be a small amount of laboratory work.

The successful candidate needs to be organized, flexible, willing to work outdoors and comfortable handling fish. Ideal candidates will have knowledge of or be studying in the fields of biology, environmental science or environmental engineering. First aid certification and experience with GPS/GIS are considered assets.

Community Partner
The Nova Scotia Salmon Association (NSSA) is a not-for-profit conservation organization governed by an active board of directors. Since 2005 the NSSA and its partners have conducted a large-scale river restoration initiative, the West River, Sheet Harbour Acid Mitigation Project. This project combats the effects of acid rain by carefully adding agricultural limestone to the river using automated dosers, and spreading it over the surrounding watershed with helicopters. In addition, the restoration of the West River has expanded to include repairs to the physical habitat along with data collection for ongoing monitoring projects.

Duties and Responsibilities
– Installation and daily operation of juvenile fish traps
– Logistical and scientific support of stream habitat restoration projects
– Stream electrofishing
– Habitat surveys
– Water quality monitoring
– Collection and processing of eDNA samples


 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 2020;
 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;
 Valid driver’s licence and access to a vehicle
 Access to a computer and internet
 Ability to conduct physical work and lift 10kg

Working Conditions
This position takes place primarily in the field, often in remote locations with limited cell service and as part of a small team. Technicians are expected to work in groups of 2 or more and check in with supervisors regularly when working in remote areas. Standard operating procedures and safety plans are in place, and all new candidates are expected to read and understand them before their work terms begin. Technicians will be provided with training on how to use specialized equipment and they will have access to all required safety equipment during their work term (PFDs, radio, first aid kit, etc.).

Physical Requirements
The job is field-based and can be at times physically demanding. Technicians may be expected to lift equipment, help install juvenile fish traps, and spend some time in adverse weather conditions (ie. rain, sun). Walking on groomed and ungroomed trails is often a requirement to reach sample sites, usually with a backpack and/or piece of sampling equipment. While some training is provided to new employees, experience working outdoors is considered an asset for this position.

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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