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Summary of Position
The community partner for this Summer Student Intern position through the Clean Leadership program will be the Ecology Action Centre, reporting to Jordy Thomson, Marine Science and Conservation Coordinator. In this position, you will be mainly responsible for helping to recruit, train and support a network of citizen scientists from coastal communities in Nova Scotia to monitor the health of the province’s eelgrass meadows. You will also be responsible for desktop policy research, community outreach and helping to coordinate meetings of the Nova Scotia Eelgrass Working Group. The successful candidate needs to have basic familiarity with field research and data management methods, must be capable of working safely from a kayak, must be a strong communicator, and should be proficient in basic desktop research methods.

Community Partner
The Ecology Action Centre (EAC), founded in 1971, is Atlantic Canada’s largest member-based environmental organization. Our vision is a society that respects and protects nature and provides environmentally and economically sustainable solutions for its citizens. We take leadership on critical environmental issues from biodiversity protection to climate change to environmental justice. We are grounded in community, and a strong voice and watchdog for our environment. We work to catalyze change though policy advocacy, community development and building awareness. We take a holistic approach to the environment and our economy to create a just and sustainable society. We employ a variety of tools to achieve our mandate, from education, research, policy analysis, advocacy, hands-on projects and market-based approaches.

Duties and Responsibilities
In collaboration with the project lead and multiple project partners, the student will:
1. Coordinate a network of citizen science volunteers to conduct eelgrass monitoring throughout Nova Scotia
o Advertise and recruit citizen scientists
o Produce training materials
o Organize in-person training sessions
o Provide citizen scientists with logistical support as required
2. Manage data and facilitate data sharing with project partners
o Work with project partners to ensure that data best practices are followed
o Ensure that citizen science data are made publicly available
o Produce maps of areas surveyed by citizen scientists
3. Assist project lead with policy analysis to identify options for mitigating threats to eelgrass
o Assist with desktop research on policy relevant to eelgrass across all levels of government
o Review international case studies to help identify effective eelgrass conservation approaches
4. Support EAC’s Marine Team in other program work such as report writing and outreach
o Host at least two eelgrass outreach events in collaboration with project partners
5. Coordinate meetings of a working group of eelgrass experts in Halifax
o Schedule meetings and organize logistics
o Follow up on meetings through sharing of meeting notes, presentations and outputs

Requirements/Qualifications

  • 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;
  • Possess a valid driver’s license;
  • Be proficient in basic desktop research methods and relevant software (e.g. Microsoft Word)
  • Be comfortable collecting field data from a kayak in variable weather conditions;
  • Have a basic understanding of data management practices.

Working Conditions
This position will require the student to work in the field when weather permits safe operation on the water. The student must therefore be comfortable working outside, on the water, in variable conditions.

Physical Requirements
The job will require the student to be physically capable of launching and retrieving a sea kayak.

All applications will be assessed equally; in support of our Indigenous Leadership stream, in some cases, preference will be given to students who self-identify as Indigenous.

To apply for this job email your details to cleanleadership@clean.ns.ca

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