Aquatic Monitoring Intern

Responsible for ensuring the successful preservation and restoration of 900+ acres of conservation lands in one of the fastest growing urban areas of the country, rare Charitable Research Reserve is an environmental institute and urban land trust situated in the Region of Waterloo of southwestern Ontario.

Its lands provide a natural laboratory for scientific study and research, related education and research based education programs. Our primary goal is to successfully conserve the natural area of our property and improve the ecological integrity of our landscape. For information, visit us online at


Supervised by and reporting to the Program Scientist- Research Priorities, Partnerships & Monitoring, and working in a team environment with all program advisors, staff and volunteers the Aquatic Monitoring Intern is responsible for conducting electrofishing surveys, benthic invertebrate and water quality monitoring, and other related duties as required.



This is a paid position, in part under Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Career-Launcher- Natural Resources Internships Program. Requirements include:

  • Post-secondary graduate
  • No more than 30 years of age at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person 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



  • A university degree or college diploma in Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology, or related field.
  • Experience conducting independent scientific research and monitoring studies
  • Previous fieldwork experience in biology, physical geography, environmental studies, or a related disciple
  • Previous experience using keys for species identification and familiarity and comfort using field guides
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle
  • Experience using Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network protocols, OBBN Basic Training required (Family Level ID preferred).
  • Class 2 Backpack Electrofishing Crew Leader Certification and previous electrofishing experience.
  • Standard First Aid & CPR or willingness to gain certification before start of employment.



  • Monitor water quality at rare Charitable Research Reserve via electrofishing surveys, benthic invertebrate sampling and water chemistry testing.
  • Identify benthic invertebrates with aid of microscope to at least OBBN 27 group level, preferably family level.
  • Assist with other rare monitoring, including some terrestrial monitoring, as required.
  • Assist with other rare events as required.
  • Attend regular staff meetings to report on progress and preliminary findings


Salary: $560 per week based on a 35 hour week. The position is for 6 months, with the possibility of extension, beginning May 23, 2018 pending approval of funding.


Please send resume and cover letter in ONE pdf along with the names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers for 3 references to: Jenna Quinn, Program Scientist, rare Charitable Research Reserve, 1679 Blair Rd, Cambridge, ON N3H 4R8, No phone calls please.


Deadline: Monday May 7, 2018 at 5:00 p.m., however suitable candidates will be contacted for interview on a rolling basis from time of submission.

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rare Charitable Research Reserve
1679 Blair Road
Cambridge, ON N3H 4R8
(519) 650-9336
Charitable Registration:
#8776 15914 RR0001