Business Development and Science Communications Intern

Ontario Invasive Plant Council Published: July 29, 2020
Peterborough, Ontario
Salary range
$22.50 to $23.50/hour
Hours per week
Start Date
End Date


The Ontario Invasive Plant Council (OIPC) is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to join our small team.  Located in Peterborough, the OIPC was created to facilitate a coordinated and effective response to the threat of invasive plants by providing leadership, expertise and a forum to educate, motivate and empower organizations and citizens.  We are looking to build on our achievements by increasing member engagement and communications.



Duties and responsibilities

  • Increase member engagement and outreach to new and existing members.
  • Organize Conference(s), location, budget, sponsors, speakers etc. (in person and remote)
  • Develop, coordinate, and present training workshops for scientific professionals, enforcement officers, consultants, etc.
  • Develop, coordinate, and conduct seminars, and presentations at various shows, trade shows, meetings, conferences, events, etc. for audiences ranging from children to teenagers to adults with substantial education in this
  • Research, write, and produce Best Management Practices guides and Technical documents, with the ability to manage all aspects of the project including timeline and budget.
  • Manage assigned projects from start to finish including but not limited to developing funding proposals, project implementation, budget management, and final reporting.
  • Coordinate communications through member notices and social media.
  • Represent OIPC on committees as assigned by the Executive Director to facilitate communication among the different groups, provide updates/feedback/project status, act as an advisor, etc.
  • Respond to requests for information.
  • Provide administrative support as required.

Knowledge and skills

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral as well as public speaking.
  • Personable, team player, experience working with a small team remotely and in person.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, listening skills, and judgement.
  • Strategic, creative problem solver, quick learner, ability to consider a variety of viewpoints.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks and projects while producing high quality results, project management, time management, leadership with peers.
  • Ability to productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside the organization (remote or in person).
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office suite and productivity tools (e.g. Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Teams) and Zoom.
  • Valid Driver’s licence (class G).

Beneficial Attributes

  • Experience writing and communicating scientific and technical documents.
  • Knowledge and experience working to manage invasive plants.

Education required

College or university education in biology, wildlife management, environmental science, forestry, agriculture or equivalent work-related experience in the relevant fields.

Eligibility criteria

Career-Launcher Internships are funded by the Government of Canada under the Youth Employment Strategy. For program criteria information visit their website.


Qualified interns are:

  • Between the ages of 15-30 (inclusive) at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada*
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • Available to work for at least six months
  • Not previous participants of a federal youth employment program
  • Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns, although this must be clearly indicated by the employer)

*Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.

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