Youth Eco-Internship Position Available

Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystem Conservation Youth Internship 

The Mayne Island Conservancy Society is looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic person to fill a 4 month internship position on Mayne Island (May to August). Applicants must be under 30 and the position is only available to current secondary or post-secondary students who do NOT have an undergraduate or graduate degree.

Description: This position will include the following activities:

Conduct forage fish surveys, eelgrass mapping and monitoring, kelp mapping
Collect geographic data using hand-held GPS
Conduct data entry and assist with production of maps using GIS software
Conduct community mapping exercises
Conduct baseline surveys of the restoration areas on Henderson Park
Assist with the creation of field forms and construct field monitoring tools
Assist with the training and coordination of volunteers

Minmum Qualifications: 

Ability to work with the public in a professional manner
Ability to work with minimal supervision and in a group
Ability to operate a kayak and work in a variety of weather conditions outside
Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills
Ability to be flexible and creative
Academic interest in biology or related field an asset
Must have a passion for stewardship and conservation of terrestrial and marine ecosystems

Skills Acquired: Intern will learn how to:

map marine habitats using a variety of methods on a variety of platforms (beach, kayak, boat with underwater camera)
conduct forage fish spawning habitat surveys
conduct community mapping with the Mayne Island community
collect geographical data and create maps using GIS software learn
about terrestrial and nearshore marine ecology
coordinate volunteers and work with the public
the principles of ecosystem restoration
develop a working knowledge of vegetation inventory

Primary Language: English
Start Date: May 10, 2010
Hours: 35 hours a week, weekdays and weekends
Wage: $12.00/hr
To apply: Fill in an application at and indicate your interest in working with the Mayne Island Conservancy Society. Any questions about the position can be directed to Leanna Boyer (250-539-5168), Executive Director of the Mayne Island Conservation Society.

This position is being funded through the Youth Eco Internship Program (YEIP)*. This program places unemployed people aged 15 to 30 from diverse backgrounds into paid internship opportunities within the non-profit and community services sector in Canada with a focus on the environment. These positions, offered in a wide range of organizations, will help young Canadians learn the skills required to gain and sustain future employment within the sector.

This project is a collaboration between the YMCA and YWCA Canada, with funding provided by the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan. The YEIP encourages applicants from visible minority, Aboriginal, immigrant, refugee and traditionally marginalized communities to apply, and is committed to providing employment supports wherever possible.

*Please note that only those eligible for the Youth Eco Internship Program can be considered for these positions. More information at

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