Summary of Position
The community partner for this Summer Student Intern position through the Clean Leadership program will be the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute. In this position, you will be responsible for attending farmer’s markets and community events to promote awareness of pollinators and species at risk, as well as encouraging pollinator awareness and the use of pollinator-friendly plants at garden centres and nurseries. You will also have the opportunity to assist with with several projects pertaining to biodiversity conservation including Blanding’s turtles, bats, and chimney swifts. The successful candidate needs to have good interpersonal skills, be a good team member, possess basic computer skills (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), and be willing to work outside in various, sometimes challenging settings.
The Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute is a non-profit co-operative with a mandate to promote sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity conservation in the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve and beyond through research, education, and the operation of a field station. It is located in Kempt, Queens County between the village of Caledonia and Kejimkujik National Park.
Duties and Responsibilities
Develop educational tools for farmers’ markets, presentations and displays, one-on-one meetings, and other outreach activities to promote local pollinator restoration efforts.
Attend Farmer’s markets in western Nova Scotia to promote the pollinator project, recruit keen landowners, provide education about a variety of species at risk and solicit sighting reports.
Assist with several projects pertaining to biodiversity conservation including but not limited to Blanding’s turtle monitoring and nest protection, Eastern ribbonsnake surveys, roosting site monitoring for endangered bat species and chimney swifts, pollinator awareness and garden enhancement, loon surveys for aquatic health, and completing surveys for invasive fish species.
Assist with office work such as data entry, project planning and reporting
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;
Working outside in challenging conditions (wet, hot, presence of ticks and flies) will be required for farmers’ markets, on-site restoration work, and research field work. Some aspects of the job will require evening and weekend work.
Accommodations are available on site at our research station in the rural community of Kempt, NS.
Some aspects of the job such as and digging soil, planting trees and plants, and doing outdoor field work, may be physically demanding.
All applications will be assessed equally; in support of our Indigenous Leadership stream, in some insistences, preference will be given to students who self-identify as Indigenous.
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