The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority (LRCA) is a community-based environmental agency that is responsible for the wise management of renewable natural resources in the Lakehead Watershed. We provide valuable services to watershed residents. Coastal wetlands, riparian buffer zones and naturalized shorelines are a critical part of our natural environment. They help to attenuate flooding, reduce erosion, improve water quality, maintain streamflow during dry periods, reduce the need for costly stormwater infrastructure, maintain fish and wildlife habitat and provide recreational opportunities such as birding or hunting. Caring for the Lake Superior shoreline, coastal wetlands, and riparian areas have become a challenge to protect due to urbanization, continual erosion, high lake levels, and frequent flooding.
The LRCA is seeking a full-time Watershed Stewardship Technician Intern to develop and implement a new Shoreline Restoration Stewardship Program. The objective of the program is to work towards raising landowner awareness of riparian and shoreline stewardship principles and implementing restoration and naturalization on-the-ground projects. The Watershed Stewardship Technician Intern will provide professional consultation, planning, and design concepts for the implementation of projects that will improve water quality, address erosion issues, and protect/enhance shoreline and riparian habitats. Individual restoration projects can range from terrestrial/aquatic plantings, invasive plant species removal, green infrastructure techniques, species-at-risk habitat enhancement/protection, general habitat enhancement, and/or pollinator habitat creation. The long-term vision for the program is to sustain an ongoing stewardship program that is active in the community that engages residents in the protection and restoration of ecosystems.
Field work will focus on providing education materials, site inspections, landowner consultation, data collection, planting concepts, material estimates, coordinate project implementation and construction. Additionally, the position will include public outreach activities such as, creating educational materials and promoting the program to watershed residents. 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.
The Watershed Stewardship Technician Intern reports to the Watershed Manager and may receive direction from the Chief Administrative Officer. This Intern position is seven month term, and normally works a 35-hour work week with occasional evening and weekend involvement. Occasional assistance with LRCA’s public events may be required on an as-needed basis. Hours beyond the normal work week are compensated with time-off in lieu as agreed to with supervisor, in advance when possible. The work week is Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a one-hour lunch from noon to 1:00 p.m.
Duties and responsibilities
Primary responsibilities of the Watershed Stewardship Technician Intern will include:
- Assisting in the development, planning, implementation, and evaluation of the Shoreline Restoration Stewardship Program, including:
- Developing and updating content for webpages, social media, promotional and educational materials,
- Building awareness and understanding of the importance of stewardship through education and outreach by distributing letters and promotional materials, community events, landowner engagement, and social marketing.
- Contacting landowners to discuss shoreline/riparian restoration projects including planting of native plant species, shoreline/riparian area protection and restoration, and septic stewardship,
- Performing or assisting in the design of shoreline/riparian restoration planting plans, plant orders, and planting,
- Utilizing project management principles, maintain records and data, enter data collected during fieldwork, and complete reports,
- Pro-actively contribute ideas and insight into program delivery and development,
- Explore opportunities and framework for program sustainability.
- Professionally representing Lakehead Region Conservation Authority with partners and landowners at meetings, workshops, and/or other events.
- Communicating professionally with landowners, partners, and staff about program activities, progress, and knowledge. Apply confidentiality best practices when appropriate.
- Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge and skills
- Experience, or interest in coordinating planting projects including the development of planting plans, as well as the selection, ordering, care, and planting of plants appropriate for soil and terrain.
- Understanding of social marketing strategies to foster environmentally responsible stewardship behaviour.
- Demonstrated knowledge of native plant species and their suitability for shoreline/riparian restoration.
- Ability to recruit, coordinate and work harmoniously with volunteers.
- Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
- Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office including MS Outlook, Excel and Word.
- Strong oral and written communication skills, including ability in technical report writing.
- Excellent judgement and decision-making skills.
- Comfortable with public speaking and engaging the public.
- Excellent written, oral and digital communications skills
- Proven teamwork abilities to actively contribute to discussion, share ideas, and work collaboratively to solve problems and achieve goals.
- High level of motivation and self-direction with a positive attitude.
- Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task.
- Self-motivated with the ability to work with minimal to no supervision.
- Must be willing to work outdoors and in adverse weather conditions.
- Working knowledge of handheld GPS equipment would be an asset.
Post-secondary degree/diploma, or working towards a degree/diploma in Environmental Science, Natural Resources, Biology, Water Resources, Engineering, Sustainability, or related field, with an interest in ecological restoration, conservation, green infrastructure, plant biology, fluvial geomorphology, and landscaping.
A valid clean driver’s license and access to a working vehicle is required. First-aid/CPR certification would be 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.