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Summary of Position
The community partner for this Summer Student Intern position through the Clean Leadership program will be Birds Canada reporting to the Nova Scotia Program Coordinator. In this position, you will be mainly responsible for conducting field surveys to collect shorebird presence and human disturbance behaviours while engaging and educating the public. The successful candidate needs to be outgoing and approachable but able to work independently and outdoors. They must have pay close attention to detail and have experience using Excel.

Community Partner
Bird Canada is the nation’s largest charitable non-profit dedicated to bird conservation. Bird Canada’s mission is to conserve the wild birds of Canada through sound science, on-the-ground actions, innovative partnerships, public engagement, and science-based advocacy.
In 2016, Birds Canada initiated the Space to Roost project, which aims to reduce human pressures facing Semipalmated Sandpipers and other fall migrant shorebirds at key high tide roost sites in the Minas Basin. This is done by assessing human-use patterns and collaborating with coastal users to identify and set aside mutually-agreed upon Shorebird Resting Beaches at coastal sites in the Minas Basin.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Nova Scotia Program Coordinator, the Stewardship Assistant will:
• Assist in coordination of community-based stewardship activities that promote the protection of safe roosting space for migratory shorebirds in the Minas Basin;
• Work with colleagues and partners to develop and coordinate events/activities that engage businesses, youth, community members and tourists in coastal stewardship actions;
• Conduct field work to identify, document and map shorebird and human-use and disturbance patterns at four beach sites near Wolfville, NS;
• Document and report shorebird band re-sightings;
• Work on beaches is done in August around high tide and is weather dependent. Includes some evenings and weekends;
• Engage and educate the public and visitors to the sites about the presence and importance of shorebirds and the Space to Roost project;
• Carefully enter/proof all data in Excel database with attention to detail, send to biologist at the end of every beach shift in August;
• Communicate with and provide regular written and verbal updates to biologist

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 license, access to a car
Experience conducting field surveys, recording data in Excel with great attention to detail
Outgoing and happy to approach the public on beaches and outreach events
Able to work from a home-based office and communicate via phone, email and in-person

Working Conditions
Most of the work will be split between field work and a home office. Regardless, a successful candidate must be able to work successfully independently and remotely. The stewardship assistant will report to the Nova Scotia Program Coordinator who is based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and is accessible regularly by phone and email but is not always on site as field work takes place at Four beach sites in the Wolfville, Nova Scotia area: The Guzzle, Evangeline, Avonport and Blue beaches

Field work is weather dependent, but the successful candidate will be expected to spend 4-5 hours at a time outside in varying conditions with limited access to shelter,

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