Fish Passage Conservation Internship

Canadian Wildlife Federation Published: August 27, 2019
Vancouver, British Columbia
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The Fish Passage Conservation intern will work alongside and assist the Fish Passage Conservation Planner in coordinating the development of a conservation plan to establish priorities and guide a multi-million dollar fish passage remediation program in British Columbia. The intern will participate in the recruitment and coordination of partners from industry, government, First Nations, academia, and other NGOs including community stewardship groups. The intern will be supported by the Fish Passage Conservation Planner, a team of spatial analysts, data managers, biologists, and communications staff at CWF as well as by these partners. This position will also require helping to organize a series of workshops to establish prioritization criteria and identify key barriers to fish passage, ultimately creating a conservation plan for barriers to fish passage in British Columbia.

Duties and responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Fish Passage Conservation Planner, the intern will:

1. Provide input related to the application of theories and practices of conservation planning, including identifying threats, setting goals, and identifying and evaluating strategies.

2. Assist with coordinating partners across sectors (including scientists, government officials, Indigenous organizations, industry and other NGOs) to ensure communication and engagement while representing CWF.

3. Support the recruitment of additional partners, particularly from First Nations and community stewardship groups.

4. Help to plan a series of conservation planning workshops to develop barrier prioritization criteria and processes.

5. Coordinate with the Fish Passage Conservation Planner and technical staff to ensure that science advice is considered and incorporated into conservation plans and implementation practices.

6. Travel to attend workshops and meet with partners as needed.

7. Assist with other conservation tasks or tasks from other departments as needed.

Knowledge and skills


1. Strong and effective written and verbal communication skills.

2. Excellent organizational and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple work files, establish priorities, and manage time.

3. Strong interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to develop effective working relationships within the organization and with partners.

4. Leadership skills and the ability to work both independently as well as part of a team.

5. Ability to interpret and understand technical reports and science publications.

6. Ability to passionately represent and express CWF’s mission and values.

7. Experience using Microsoft Office Suite applications including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel or equivalent software applications.


Additional Assets

1. 2-5 years of relevant work experience, including leading the development of conservation plans or other similar multi-stakeholder strategic plans.

2. Experience implementing the Open Standards for the practice of conservation or other formal conservation planning frameworks (or applying relevant business planning frameworks to conservation planning).

3. Knowledge of fish passage science, aquatic ecosystem function, landscape ecology, and watershed management.

4. Experience working with Indigenous communities, industry, and community stewardship groups.

5. Experience with program administration, strategic business planning and reviewing financial reports.

6. Experience in the NGO sector, and knowledge of the associated opportunities and challenges.

Education required

Minimum Bachelor’s degree in a related field (Biology, Environmental Science or Studies, Natural Resources Management, Geography, or a relate degree).

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 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.

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