Summary of Position
The community partner for this Summer Student Intern position through the Clean Leadership program will be the McIntosh Run Watershed Association, reporting to the Trail Crew Supervisor. In this position, you will be mainly responsible for working on new and existing singletrack trails between Spryfield and Herring Cove. The trails form part of the approved network of recreational trails on NS Crown Land and Halifax Park Land. The trail builder intern will also help out with public outdoor events organized by the McIntosh Run Watershed Association. The successful candidate needs to have excellent teamwork skills and experience using recreational trails.
The McIntosh Run Watershed Association is dedicated to the stewardship of the McIntosh Run river and surrounding watershed in the communities of Spryfield and Herring Cove, Nova Scotia. Our mandate is to foster public stewardship by creating sustainable public access to the McIntosh Run watershed.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Trail Intern will work 4-5 days per week, for 6-8 hours per day and on some weekends with the McIntosh Run Trail Crew. The Trail Crew will hike up to 40 minutes to remote job sites carrying tools and materials. Work consists of heavy manual labour with hand tools: clearing organic ground layer, trees and brush, lifting and moving large rocks and shoveling dirt. Crew members must work together as a coordinated team to perform many challenging tasks. The crew will be trained and supervised by an experienced trail builder. The result is a backcountry singletrack trail that will draw people into the forest to explore by foot and by bike.
In addition the Trail Intern will help organize and host outdoor public events including river clean-ups, guided hikes and events, and a bioblitz.
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;
Experience using recreational trails.
Experience working well with others.
Punctual and reliable.
Experience working with the public
Experience trail building or other outdoor manual labour is preferred
Carpentry experience is an asset
You must be comfortable in a wild forest setting with adverse weather, bugs and dirt.
Physically fit for manual labour: lift and carry heavy loads, hike long distances, perform strenuous tasks for hours.
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.