Community Science Intern – Ontario Nature

Principal Responsibilities
Assist with training and field work for the Community Science Program, with an emphasis on supporting bird surveys in areas of conservation interest.
Assist with sharing Atlas-3 collection methods with Indigenous and local community volunteers.
Support the delivery of Community Science field trips (in spring 2022, gathering restrictions permitting) to create diverse opportunities for volunteer involvement in bird education and volunteer surveys. Events will be held in several communities across northwestern Ontario, focusing on the Thunder Bay region and in collaboration with other local organizations.
Organize data submitted to Atlas-3, as needed.
Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications
Demonstrated interest in conservation in Ontario.
Diploma or Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, environmental science or a relevant field.
Strong knowledge of breeding birds in Ontario and their identification.
Experience with compiling information on conservation lands including natural features, threats, species at risk and invasive species.
Experience with detailed notetaking, data collection and entry, and data quality assurance.
Good verbal and written communications skills, including active listening.
Ability to work well independently within a small team structure and collaboratively with partners.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
Ability to work outdoors for extended periods in sometimes challenging conditions (e.g., high temperatures and humidity, heavy rain, dense bugs) and terrains.
Valid class “G” driver’s license and ability to rent a vehicle in Ontario.
Must live in Thunder Bay.
Ontario Nature requires that all employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to ensure the health and safety of our employees and the communities we operate in. The selected candidate must provide proof of vaccination at the time of hiring.
As a position funded by Colleges and Institutes Canada, applicants must also meet the following criteria:
Post-secondary graduate
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 regulations
Available to work for at least six months
Cannot be a previous participant of a Science Horizon Internship
Desirable assets
Experience conducting breeding bird surveys.
Working knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software.
Anticipated start date: November 8, 2021
Duration of position: This is a full-time one-year contract position ending in November 2022
Payment: $16-$18/hr
Location: The position will be based at Ontario Nature’s Boreal Office – 10 Cumberland St N, Thunder Bay, ON, with flexibility to work remotely.
Working conditions: Responsibilities for this position require flexibility to accommodate occasional weekend and evening work for meetings and events.

To apply
Include your resume, cover letter and three references in one document, addressing your qualifications and experience
Include “Community Science Intern” in the subject line
Submit your application by email to the attention of Julee Boan, Boreal Program Manager: jobs@ontarionature.org
Deadline for applications: October 24, 2021

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