The Habitat Stewardship Database Technician intern will work towards repairing, updating and digitizing Nature Saskatchewan’s Stewards of Saskatchewan program data to create an integrated database in which species at risk, habitat, and stewardship data can be entered, accessed, and navigated from any location; greatly facilitating its ease of use from remote field sites. The intern will also assist with the delivery, including data entry and reporting, of the five programs that make up the Stewards of Saskatchewan program suite. These programs aim to conserve prairie species at risk through search and monitoring activities of plant and animal species at risk populations, habitat management and enhancement projects, and through establishing and maintaining strong relationships with the private landowners that manage prairie species at risk habitat. With more than 30 years of species at risk and landowner data, the database work that the intern would complete is of the utmost importance to the past and future of the Stewards of Saskatchewan programs.
Duties and responsibilities
Database Technician duties and responsibilities include:
- Interacting with program coordinators and the Species at Risk Manager to understand their needs and uses for the database.
- Working in partnership with a computer programmer to improve the format and function of the current database framework.
- Data scrubbing to identify glitches, remove and correct errors, and fill in gaps.
- Data entry as needed for over 30 years of past data (e.g., data omitted due to oversights), and assistance with current data entry.
- Collecting, compiling, and analyzing stewardship data and data on various species at risk (e.g., locational field data from rare plant surveys or bird species at risk census information).
- Using locational data to create maps (e.g., illustrating trends in species distributions).
- Helping to prepare and distribute species data reports for the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre, Canadian Wildlife Service biologists, and Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Recovery Teams.
Knowledge and skills
The intern must have a basic knowledge of species at risk, wildlife habitat requirements, current land use practices, and the land survey system in rural Saskatchewan. They must also possess an understanding of GPS units, directions, and maps. The intern must demonstrate the skills to handle and integrate data from a variety of formats (e.g., Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, Access Database files, .gpx files, ArcGIS, and BaseCamp), and have a meticulous eye for detail when entering a variety of data categories (e.g., dates, legal land locations, GPS locations, landowner contact information, etc.). Strong organizational skills and the ability to work efficiently with large quantities of data are essential. Strong communication skills and the ability to work independently as well as with a team are also very important.
Post-secondary education degree/diploma in the sciences (e.g., Bachelor of Science Biology degree).
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.