Ecological Restoration Technician Internship

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Heartland Forest Nature Experience Published: January 24, 2019
Niagara Falls, Ontario
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Assist in the management and restoration of Heartland Forest’s natural areas including grassland, wetland and woodland. This position involves physically demanding work as well as the sharing of knowledge through community engagement and educational activities. Typical work responsibilities include assessing benthic habitats, removal of weedy/invasive plants, seed collection and cleaning, seed sowing, mowing, raking and removing debris, native tree and shrub planting, assisting with the preparation of educational materials, tree cutting and removal, possible participation in prescribed burns, path maintenance, and other related activities. Operation of small, gas-powered equipment and use of hand tools is required. Duties also include caring for equipment and vehicles, data entry, record keeping, and miscellaneous office work.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Invasive species removal, both woody and herbaceous, which includes the cutting and removal of woody species, digging, mowing, raking, and debris removal, deadheading, etc.
  • Seed collection and cleaning, seed dispersal, tree cutting and removal, path clearance, and other activities related to the development and management of the natural communities
  • Wading in a pond to remove shoreline invasive plants
  • Possible prescribed burn participation
  • Providing site support including set up of program areas
  • Promoting conservation and restoration through community engagement activities
  • Operation of small power tools including mowers, hedge trimmers, water pumps, and hand tools; the care of Heartland Forest vehicles, tools, and machines
  • Learning native flora observed in the field; assisting with compilation of a stewardship plan
  • Assistance with data entry, record keeping, other miscellaneous office work, and organizational tasks as needed

Knowledge and skills

  • Experience in restoration management, ecology, or closely related fields
  • An ability to learn plants species
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Clear vulnerable sector screening, Valid Ontario G License and access to a vehicle required
  • A proven strong work ethic
  • An ability to function well in both team and individual work situations
  • Required to work some evenings and weekends
  • The ability to work outside in inclement weather (mosquitoes, bees, rain, potential allergens), doing physically demanding work

Education required

  • A bachelor's degree in biology, restoration management, or a closely related field

Certification required

No specific certifications requested

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:

  • Post-secondary graduates
  • No more than 30 years of age 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
  • Not receiving employment insurance during their internship
  • Available to work for at least six months

*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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