Internship Position Available

  • Published on Mar 29 2016 |
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Road Ecology Technician

The Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS-OV) is recruiting a highly motivated individual to fill the position of Road Ecology Technician. Based at the offices of CPAWS-OV in the Hull sector of Gatineau, Quebec, this position involves supporting the organization’s road ecology program aimed at reducing wildlife mortality associated with roads and also mitigating the impacts of roads on ecological connectivity in the Ottawa River watershed region of Ontario and Quebec.
The primary functions of the position are, but not limited to:
-Supporting the Road Ecology Program Director as required,
-Creating outreach and engagement material on road ecology issues for decision-makers and the general public, in both French and English,
-Developing and maintaining a database of species encountered (as observed by the intern or reported by volunteers), -Collecting field data along designed segments of road in the region,
-Supporting and creating maps and other GIS products illustrating “hot spots” on roads where there are high incidences of animal mortality,
-Assisting with the preparation of mitigation plans for certain “hot spots” identified above,
-Conducting research toward the feasibility of certain tools, like an app, to collect data from citizen scientist volunteers, -Recruiting, training and supporting volunteer citizen scientists who collect data (and enter said data into database), -Assisting with the development of program capacity (identification of funding sources, partner opportunities, etc.).

Key competencies required:
-College or university level education related to geography, landscape ecology, ecology, biology or other sciences related to road ecology and ecological connectivity,
-Strong oral and written English, ability to communicate effectively in French, -Access to a vehicle (mileage will be compensated at a rate of $0.40/km)
-Knowledge of database creation and management,
-GIS skills, including the use of software packages like ArcGIS and creation of map products,
-Ability to locate various forms of data, conclude data sharing agreements while respecting sensitive information,
-Ability to write in English (French would be an asset) for various audiences, including Web, the general public and for decision- makers,
-Ability to operate GPS units and other field tools to record data, -Strong organizational and time management skills,
-Ability to work with a broad range of stakeholders and individuals, including scientists, other staff, volunteers and members of the public,
-Experience recruiting and managing volunteers, experience providing training (including the development of training material) to volunteers,
-An interest in parks, protected areas, transportation issues and a working knowledge of the geography of the region would be an asset,
-Ability to work in a non-profit environment which may involve working alone (in the office) from time to time.
Additional Information:
Duration of internship: 8 months,
Hours per week: 30 hours (Monday to Thursday),
Rate of pay: $16.00 per hour, plus benefits, paid on the 15th and the 30th of the month, Location of employment: 15 Taschereau Street, suite 240, Gatineau, Quebec J8Y 2V6 Expected start date: Monday, April 18, 2016

How to apply?
This position is funded in part by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CIC), to view eligibility requirements or to apply, please follow this link: ( For further information on the position or regarding the organization, please contact John McDonnell, Executive Director at
Applications will be accepted until April 6 at 5:00 PM.