The Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve (RLBR) exists to bring people together to build more sustainable communities. We promote research in biodiversity and develop education and training opportunities based on who we are and what we need to learn. Over the last few years, we have been mentoring the development of a planning district and a waste and recycling facility, as well as supporting cultural research projects in collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association. On the go projects are sustainable business development (clean energy, aquaculture and bioplastics) at Aspen Innovation Park west of Hafford, and a habitat stewardship initiative around the shores of Redberry Lake to sustain habitat for species at risk. The RLBR is seeking a full-time Environmental Programs Intern to help deliver stewardship and science activities in the RLBR. This internship is an opportunity for a recent graduate to gain experience and knowledge related to environmental projects such as protection of Species at Risk (SAR), working with landowners on riparian and shoreline stewardship initiatives and waste management projects such as recycling and composting. The Environmental Programs Intern will contribute to RLBR’s goals by assisting our project team with the research, analysis, development and communication of our projects with our Indigenous partners, private landowners and our partner NGO’s. The position will include public outreach activities such as, creating educational materials and promoting the projects to our partners and the general public. This may include developing, implementing, and attending public events. Office duties may include data entry, working with GIS files, developing plans and reports, and completing additional tasks as required.
Duties and responsibilities
- Primary responsibilities of the Environmental Programs Intern will include:
- Developing and updating content for webpages, social media, promotional and educational materials about projects
- Utilizing project management principles, maintain records and data, enter data collected during fieldwork, and complete reports
- Contribute ideas and insight into program delivery and development,
- Explore opportunities and framework for program sustainability
- Represent RLBR with partners and landowners at events
- Communicate with landowners, partners, and staff about program activities, progress, and knowledge.
- Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge and skills
- Familiarity with local land management activities.
- Knowledge of Species at Risk; vegetation community types; prairie, forest and wetland ecology and ability to monitor ecological health.
- Experience in collecting, organizing and analyzing natural resource data.
- Experience in developing technical reports, monitoring protocols and presentations.
- Proficient in computer usage, including data entry, statistical analysis, Internet and MS Office applications.
- Analyzing, manipulating and interpreting data, including statistics, spreadsheet applications, GPS and ESRI/ArcGIS software.
- Ability to work independently (with attention to detail), seek assistance and input as required, and to work on a team.
- Experience managing, prioritizing and completing tasks independently and on schedule.
- Self-motivated, superior time management skills, ability to meet deadlines.
- Strong communication, interpersonal and writing skills.
- Strong interest in Biosphere Reserves and the vision and mission of RLBR.
Post-secondary degree or higher in Environmental Science, Natural Resources, Biology, Sustainability, or related field, with an interest in ecological restoration, conservation, plant biology, waste management and sustainable economic development.
Valid clean driver’s license and access to a working vehicle.
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 students and 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
- 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)
*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.