Program Assistant

Ontario Land Trust Alliance Published: September 23, 2020
Toronto (remote), Ontario
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The Ontario Land Trust Alliance (OLTA) is excited to launch the search for a Program Assistant. We are looking for a creative, self-starting individual to support our various conservation-based programs. This position will provide a chance to network with conservation champions across the province, develop skills in conservation biology, and gain experience working for an environmental not-for-profit organization.

Our colleague will join OLTA’s team and support:

(1) Conserving Species at Risk Program by delivering technical training, working one-on-one with land trusts, and increasing general support to develop and implement targeted actions to support the recovery of multiple species at risk across southern and central Ontario;

(2) Fee for Service Program by supporting report writing and desktop assessments for various on-going contracts with land trusts across Ontario; and

(3) Climate Action Program by assisting in communications and outreach events that emphasize the importance of land conservation in the fight against climate change.

In addition, the candidate will help with general tasks to support the organization, including event planning and communications.

About OLTA:

The Ontario Land Trust Alliance (OLTA) is a charitable organization that aims to strengthen land conservation across Ontario by building and supporting a strong land trust movement. We accomplish this mission by building capacity through training and educational programs; connecting land trusts to each other, resources and their communities; supporting on-the-ground conservation work through funding and partnership programs; and acting as a voice for land trusts among the public, governments and other stakeholders.

Duties and responsibilities

The Program Assistant will support the Conservation Science Manager and Program and Communications Coordinator with undertaking research, fieldwork, data entry and analysis, and outreach.

The candidate will:

  • Coordinate training sessions to increase awareness of species at risk recovery
  • Conduct desktop assessment of land trust properties for potential bat habitat and undertake habitat assessments
  • Write Baseline Documentation Reports for nature reserves using existing data

Knowledge and skills

Knowledge and skills:

  • Good communication skills, both written and oral
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of biology/ecology and Ontario species at risk
  • Knowledge of climate impacts to Ontario’s ecosystems and the role of nature conservation as a natural climate solution
  • Knowledge of Ontario reptiles, bats and birds in particular is preferred, but not necessary
  • Experience undertaking fieldwork under a range of adverse environmental conditions
  • Good health and fitness

Valid Class G driver’s license and access to a car is preferred

Education required

Post-secondary degree in biology, conservation biology, restoration, or environmental biology preferred

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
  • 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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