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Summary of Position
The community partner for this Summer Student Intern position through the Clean Leadership program will be Saint Mary’s University/TransCoastal Adaptations Centre for Nature-Based Solutions, reporting to Dr. Danika van Proosdij in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. In this position, you will be mainly responsible for undertaking field activities monitoring the trajectory of recovery of salt marsh ecosystems following removal of dyke infrastructure and assisting with the analysis of samples in the In_CoaST lab. This job includes both field and office work, therefore, the typical work day will vary from indoors researching, writing, and undertaking lab duties to outdoors collecting data, following sampling and monitoring protocols, and conducting habitat and vegetation assessments. A day in the lab could involve processing water samples for suspended sediment concentrations, spending time developing new structures to deploy instruments in the field, or undertaking research. A day in the field could involve participation in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) surveys, deploying instruments to measure water velocity or sediment concentration , or identifying vegetation species. The successful candidate needs to have an appreciation for healthy ecosystems, an eagerness to work outside in a variety of conditions, and be detail oriented.

Community Partner
Transcoastal Adaptations: Centre for Nature-Based Solutions is located at Saint Mary’s University, in Halifax NS. Our mission is to help build climate resilient coastal communities and ecosystems by protecting, enhancing, and restoring natural processes through innovative research and collaboration; implementing nature-based adaptation and natural infrastructure solutions. We are a transdisciplinary team and work to understand the ecological, political, and social elements of coastlines and how to successfully restore these unique landscapes. We have received international recognition as leaders in coastal restoration and intertidal coastal morphodynamics within macrotidal estuaries such as the Bay of Fundy and are pioneers in the application of managed realignment of dyke infrastructure in Canada. Our work not only includes the successful implementation of projects on the ground but also focuses on understanding the social and political landscapes in which these projects are rooted. For more information, visit our website: https://www.transcoastaladaptations.com/.

Duties and Responsibilities

Work will include, but is not limited to the following:
 Wetland and environmental monitoring;
o hydrology
o soils and sediment
o vegetation
o geospatial surveys
 Writing field reports
 Uploading and organizing data
 Assisting with lab operations
o Suspended sediment concentrations
o Bulk density, grain size, organic matter content
o Calibrating and preparing equipment and instrumentation
 Attending and participating in weekly team meetings
 Presenting at the weekly “Lesson of the Week”
 Research into measuring sediment flux in restoration sites in the Bay of Fundy, or other research topic TBD, if required
 Assisting with education and public outreach activities, if necessary

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;
  • Able to carry-out field work (i.e. navigate rough terrain, endure moderate physical effort and exposure to elements (e.g. rain, cold), occasional flexibility to work outside normal office hours (including evenings and weekends);
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Proven ability to problem solve and to take initiative to complete tasks;
  • Must be adaptable within a changing work environment;
  • Capable of learning new skills; particularly in data analysis, and field methods;
  • Ability to troubleshoot unexpected problems and develop innovative solutions;
  • Capable of thinking analytically;
  • Knowledge of terrestrial/marine environment, vegetation and wildlife characteristics of Nova Scotia’s coastal habitats, considered an asset;
  • Experience using a variety of computer applications such as Microsoft Office and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), considered an asset;
  • Must have a valid Nova Scotia driver’s license.

Working Conditions
Work will occur outdoors in a variety of conditions, which could include cold or hot temperatures, rain, wind, and other inclement weather, very muddy environments, and intertidal zones.

Physical Requirements
The position requires a candidate who is able to undertake strenuous activities, work long hours in the field, navigate difficult terrain, must be comfortable working in/near mud and water, and must be able to carry ~50 lbs.

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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