Summary of Position
The community partner for this Summer Student Intern position through the Clean Leadership program will be Hope for Wildlife, reporting to Hope Swinimer. In this position, you will be mainly responsible for supporting the organization in its public education and outreach programs and its environmental science centre. Their role will be to use their knowledge zoology, ecology, and the effects of natural and unnatural processes on our environment to relate the human impacts upon it. The intern will also help to develop educational materials, interactive displays, and public outreach ideas focusing on the specific challenges facing local wildlife and its ecosystem. They will also be responsible for caring for and managing the education animals and wildlife that form the basis of our program. A successful candidate need to be hard working, friendly, well-spoken, and comfortable with receiving the training and education necessary to represent Hope for Wildlife and the Nova Scotian wildlife.
Hope for Wildlife is the largest wildlife rehabilitation centre in Atlantic Canada. Located in Seaforth, Nova Scotia, we are an internationally-renown facility that provides our services freely to the entire province. We have our own medical facilities, including the only veterinary-certified wildlife hospital in the province.
Duties and Responsibilities
Learning about Hope for Wildlife, our mandate, environmental conservation, and wildlife rehabilitation.
• Receiving training regarding our education animals, their stories, and information about their biology, behavioural characteristics, environmental importance, and rehabilitation techniques.
• Research and develop environmental science educational materials specific to local wildlife and represent the impacts arising for human interactions.
• Learning safe animal handling techniques.
• Assistance with the daily care, husbandry, and enrichment of the education animal(s);
• Assistance with the cleaning and maintenance and upkeep of education animal enclosures;
• Perform stationary or guided tours our facilities and education animals.
• Liaise with the public regarding the general operations of Hope for Wildlife.
• Work in the Hope for Wildlife gift shop, providing information about our environmentally-oriented products, our sponsorship and donation methods, and handling sales.
• Perform off-site education talks for various organizations and people of various ages.
• Attend off-site expositions, festivals, and conferences on behalf of Hope for Wildlife.
• Attending regular team meetings and training to keep up-to-date on the organization’s activities, rehabilitation information, current trends in wildlife rehabilitation, and work planning tasks.
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 conditions include being outdoors in spring and summer weather, as well as indoor at small and large venues with various sizes of crowds and noise levels. Handling domestic and trained wild animals is required.
Minor lifting of materials less than 30lbs will be required. Being able to stand and walk for extended periods of time is necessary. Hope for Wildlife is located on a hillside, so inclined walking and minor trail walking is required.
All applications will be equally assessed; in support of our Indigenous Leadership stream, in some cases, preference will be given to students who self-identify as Indigenous
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