The intern will be assisting the organization in researching and developing extensive wetland restoration projects. The intern will attend intensive workshops and seminars with a wetland ecology focus and will integrate their post-secondary educational background to integrate successful projects.
The intern will be assisting the organization in researching and developing extensive wetland restoration projects. These projects have an emphasis on climate change mitigation through carbon storage and runoff reduction.
The intern will attend intensive workshops and seminars with a wetland ecology focus and will integrate their post-secondary educational background to integrate successful projects.
The intern will be expected to implement their work with a focus on environmental, economic and cultural sustainability.
The intern will also assist in collecting and analyzing broad ranging scientific water quality data. They will also support the collection and analysis of scientific wildlife data, historical and current. They will be responsible for creating cohesive reports that can be shared with the general public.
The student will also support the organizations manager in policy research and educational outreach to ensure broad understanding of complex policy issues relating to water governance.
The intern will support the manager of the organization in researching and developing strong shoreline management plans for shoreline spawning Kokanee, an endangered species in the area of focus.
The intern will be assisting the local Regional District, as a representative of the organization, in the development of a wide scale hydrographic survey of the surrounding watersheds and climate change mitigation strategies.
Duties and responsibilities
The intern will be an ambassador for the organization and act as an educator for all community members. The intern will be expected to complete the following tasks:
-Wetland restoration research and implementation
-Organizing and training community volunteers to assist in all projects
-Attend workshop to help with personal and organizational development
-Write follow-up reports from all workshops and conferences attended
-Ensuring all activities are in line with organizations strategic plan, mission and vision
-Organize and conduct educational outreach with a broad range of community members
-Collect, analyze and create extensive reports from scientific data collection including water quality monitoring and osprey nest monitoring. They will be expected to cross-analyze with related historical data.
-Assist the organizations manager in policy research and education
-Work collaboratively with a diverse group of stakeholders such as; local government, local businesses, First Nations groups, institutions, funders and nonprofits.
-Submit a bi-weekly report to update the board of directors and program manager on their completed tasks.
-Manage their files and emails to a high professional standard
-Support the manager in grant writing and reporting
-Support the manager in project development, research and implementation
-Attend committee meetings with local groups such as; the Kootenay Lake Partnership, the Kootenay Conservation Program, the Columbia Basin Watershed Network and other local sustainability, stewardship and conservation groups.
-Maintain a public calendar with educational opportunities for community members
-Support the management of the Annual Kootenay Lake Summit
-Ensure the organizations free online "Data Library" is kept up to date and icludes new research papers on a regular basis
-Keep extensive data on success of outreach and community members reached
-Collect data and create reports on success on environmental projects
-Assist in securing funding for projects through grant writing and membership development
-Support the manager in writing reports for the board of directors including; project reports, financial reports and work plan reports
-Keep detailed records of all financial transactions (learn how to use and run reports on Quickbooks)
Knowledge and skills
The intern will undergo a 2-week intensive training with the organization's program manager. This will include the following:
-A one day informational session on the history of the organization, its mission, vision and a detailed look at the strategic plan
-A hands on training in the use of water quality monitoring equipment
-A hands on training in Osprey Nest Monitoring
-A refresh and overview of analyzing scientific data in Microsoft Excel (intern will be expected to have some knowledge in this area)
-Training in managing and working with contractors for wetland restoration project
-Support and information on training community members to become active citizen scientist
-Comprehensive overview of appropriate technical report writing (intern will be expected to have some pre-existing knowledge in this area)
-Review of partners in the community including funders and how we interact with them on a collaborative basis
-Overview of technical management of website and updating scientific online data library
-Training in bi-weekly report formatting and deliverables
-Training in personal and organizational content management
-High level fundraising training including grant and report writing and creating relationships with partners and sponsors
-Science community based event organization skills training
-Training in how to successfully track and analyze outreach efforts and long-term success of restoration and monitoring projects through statistical analysis and creation of easy to view and understand graphs and charts to share with board, funders and general public
-Financial training in the use of Quickbooks, budget creation and other financial administration
The intern is expected to have a minimum of a technical diploma in a related field. Any additional education will be an asset. Interns planning on returning to school to complete a degree or a masters will be considered as well.
Any additional related certification will be an asset for this position.