Heritage Landscapes Intern

Responsible for ensuring the successful preservation and restoration of a unique 900+ acre site in one of the fastest growing areas of the country, the rare Charitable Research Reserve is an urban land trust situated in the Waterloo Region of South-Western Ontario.  Its conservation lands provide a natural laboratory for scientific study and research, and related educational programs.

Artefacts found on the property go back more than 10,500 years. The rare Charitable Research Reserve acknowledges the Chonnonton people (“people of the deer”) on whose traditional territory we live and work and offers respect to our Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe and Métis neighbours as we strengthen our relationships with them. We also look to the future in our relationships with Indigenous peoples. We value Indigenous traditional knowledge and worldviews and look forward to continue to integrate this into our organization and unique method of conservation. Called the rare Chain of Learning, we undertake research to further the science that will result in best practices, train the next generation of conservationists and create an entire community of support for them and for conservation goals.

We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual with an agricultural, horticultural or environmental background and degree along with some hands on gardening/farming life experience.

The Heritage Landscape Intern will be reporting to the Property, Facilities, and Gardens Coordinator, but will also work collaboratively with the Educators, our Conservation team, staff and volunteers in order to assist in the effective and safe operation of all of rare’s gardens, a position that acknowledges the role of the community in all the garden areas of the property. The gardens at rare give prominence to native plants and sustainable practices, including organics.

The tasks of the Heritage Landscapes Intern will include:

-Maintenance of native plant gardens and grasses around the historic 1800s farmhouse and limestone slit barn;

-Landscape conservation at the 1837 stage coach inn including maintenance of native plant gardens and pond, and maintenance of pollinator friendly garden;

-Assisting with teaching students and summer campers to learn about traditional gardening;

-Care of our new fruit orchard garden, watering and fertilizing throughout the season, and installation of deer exclusion fencing;

-Conceptual Longhouse maintenance, including correcting the placement of longhouse posts that shift over winter to their original design, grass care around the structure and stone hearth fire pit and speaking to visitors about the conceptual longhouse and the traditional Indigenous territory of the site;

-Assisting with the organization and delivery of public workshops related to the natural and heritage values of the site;

-Writing of blog entries on the natural and heritage values of the site, and gathering other information and photographs for social media

Tentative start date: Monday, June 26th, 2017

Duration of contract: 16 weeks at 40hrs per week

Note that this position is subject to successfully securing government funding

As per the potential funder’s regulations, all internship applicants must:

-be legally entitled to work in Canada;

-be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada. Note: Non-Canadian students holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible;

-be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;

-be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;

-not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with YCW;

-be an unemployed or underemployed college or university graduate, that is, not employed full-time;

-be a recent graduate who has graduated from college or university within the last 24 months;

-not be receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with YCW;

– not have participated in a Young Canada Works program with our organization for 2 or more years.

Key Competencies:

  • Knowledge of or interest in sustainable gardening and agricultural practice
  • Interest and ability in physical labour outdoors, in sometimes inclement weather or under strenuous conditions
  • Excellent people skills, authenticity, genuine interest in interacting with people from all walks of life
  • Familiarity with Indigenous knowledge and worldviews and relevant lived experience is considered a strong asset
  • Ability to manage and supervise others, particularly volunteers
  • Ability to solve problems creatively and to handle emergencies in a capable manner.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment
  • Full clean driver’s license and access to vehicle
  • Experience in driving a tractor is an asset

Please send resume and cover letter in ONE pdf along with the names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers for 3 references to:

Taryn Jarvis

Property, Facilities and Garden Coordinator

rare Charitable Research Reserve

1679 Blair Rd

Cambridge, ON N3H 4R8


No phone calls please.

Application Deadline: June 5th, 2017 at 5:00pm

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