Intervale Associates is seeking a environmental technician to implement the 2019-2020 fall/winter season activities for restoration of rivers and shorelines in Newfoundland. The project aims to divert and reduce harmful substances and plastic waste in select rivers and ponds through a campaign that Intervale and partners are promoting under the title “Living Rivers.” The rivers chosen are scheduled salmon rivers and other freshwater ecosystems that support a diversity of species and habitats in Newfoundland. They are also important to the local economies and sustainability of communities that depend on them as a source of drinking water, outfitting and tourism businesses, and recreational opportunities.
The project’s objectives are to 1) remove harmful debris in select rivers and ponds and promote the reduction of waste; 2) prevent future degradation of freshwater ecosystems by posting signs and cultivating local stewards; 3) engage residents, especially youth, small businesses, and Indigenous groups in project activities at select locations; and 4) transfer knowledge and build capacity for sustained behaviour change.
The technician will help direct clean-up activities of select rivers and engage in a river connectivity study by participating in an assessment of culverts along select rivers. The connectivity study will follow a protocol for measuring width, plunge depth, and other parameters. The technician will interact with volunteers who have posted 50 river signs throughout the Province, encouraging proper disposal of waste and collect information and photos on such signs for a report. The technician will assist Intervale staff in giving informational presentations to youth and adults, thus promoting knowledge transfer and helping to sustain the project benefits long-term.
The project will result in positive, beneficial outcomes, which will be measured in several ways. Volume, weight, and category of waste will be measured at all clean-ups. Participant numbers will be tallied at all events and responses to exit quizzes recorded.
The technician will be given opportunities to engage in other fish and wildlife conservation projects such as the reduction of marine debris generated by the local fishing industry and a clean-up of commercial fishing gear at an important shorebird stopover in the town of Anchor Point. The technician will learn about the operations of a small nonprofit organization working with communities and stakeholder groups in the conservation of species of ecological, cultural, and economic importance to Newfoundland. There may be opportunities for continued employment beyond the length of the Clean Tech Internship, as has been the case for former Clean Tech interns with Intervale.
The project is based in the Corner Brook area of Newfoundland and involves travel to many communities across Newfoundland. The position is 6 months, from October 2019 through March 2020, with the possibility of contract extension. Compensation is Cdn $13.50/hr, based on a 37.5 hour work week, with work-related expenses paid for travel within Newfoundland.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references through the CICan Internship portal. Applications may be received until September 17, 2019. Early applications are strongly encouraged. All applicants must be legally eligible to work in Canada.
Duties and responsibilities
- Meeting with and training volunteers participating in shoreline clean-ups of rivers, ponds, and coastal areas. Gathering data on type and volume of waste. Entering data onto database.
- Meeting with volunteers posting river signs, coordinating collection of photos and coordinates.
- Maintaining volunteer contact and motivation.
- Participating in a river connectivity study of select rivers and their culverts, following strict protocol.
- Assisting with presentations to youth and adults on the ecological value of rivers and other freshwater systems and the need to conserve them. Leading presentations where possible.
- Coordinating the use among partners of a traveling exhibit on rivers.
- Assistance in writing news releases and news articles.
- Distributing informational newsletters on rivers and other informational products.
- Collecting data in the field and contributing to databases in Excel.
- Effective and timely communication with program staff and partners.
- Writing brief reports.
- Representing the organization at meetings, workshops, and face-to-face interactions with the public.
- Additional tasks as required.
Knowledge and skills
- Basic knowledge of Newfoundland and the fishing/hunting culture of rural Newfoundland.
- Passion for rivers, the outdoors, and the conservation of biodiversity.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to cultivate positive relationships with volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds, including anglers, ATV and snowmobile users, and youth leaders.
- Organizational skills including collection and transcription of field and meeting notes.
- Skill in using Microsoft office programs: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Strong communication skills with the ability to write short reports.
- Ability to operate a vehicle safely and in a variety of winter weather conditions.
- Ability to work safely in the field in most weather conditions, including cold, snow, rain, and wind, and to tolerate biting insects.
- Ability to walk up to 15 km on uplands or beach in warm seasons, and up to 5km in winter on snow.
- Ability to navigate in the field, operate a GPS unit, and use binoculars.
- Ability to operate power tools safely.
- Skill in operating an ATV and a snowmobile is an asset.
- Prior experience in fishing, hunting, canoeing, bird watching, or wildlife work is an asset.
- A valid driver’s license is required and access to a vehicle for the duration of the contract is preferred.
College diploma or university degree in a related discipline (e.g. wildlife technology, ecology, biology) or other discipline if a keen interest in wildlife and the duties of the job can be demonstrated.
Driver’s license required; Standard First Aid and CPR, or Wilderness First Aid and CPR an asset.
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
- Not receiving employment insurance during their internship
- 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.