Terrestrial 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, therare 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 reserve and improve the ecological integrity of our landscape. For information, visit us online at www.raresites.org

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 Terrestrial Monitoring Intern is responsible for conducting vegetation surveys, butterfly monitoring, salamander monitoring, soil humus decay rate 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 (pending). 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
  • Experience using keys for species identification and familiarity and comfort using field guides
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle
  • Prior knowledge of southern Ontario flora and fauna. Prior butterfly survey experience an asset.


  • Monitor butterflies, invasive species, road impact, salamanders, and soil humus decay rates within rare using standardized protocols.
  • Collect and analyse data and prepare summary documents and public communication pieces for review by the Program Scientist.
  • Recruit and manage volunteers and citizen scientists to assist with monitoring programs.
  • Assist with other rare events as required including some education and community programs.
  • 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 7 months, with the possibility of extension, beginning May 6, 2019 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, jenna.quinn@raresites.org. References will only be contacted if you are selected for interview. No phone calls please.

Deadline: Monday April 8, 2019 at NOON, however suitable candidates may 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