Responsible for ensuring the successful preservation and restoration of 1,000+ 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. Its lands provide a natural laboratory for scientific study and research, and for rare’s related research-based educational programs. Our primary goal is to successfully conserve the natural area of our property and improve the ecological integrity of our landscape.

Supervised by and reporting to the Program Scientist – Research & Education Priorities, Partnerships & Monitoring, and working in a team environment with all program advisors, staff and volunteers, the Ecological Monitoring Intern is responsible for conducting and/or assisting with aquatic surveys (OBBN), 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 discipline;
  • Experience using keys for species identification and familiarity and comfort using field guides;
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle;
  • Strong southern Ontario flora and fauna identification skills (with particular emphasis on butterflies an asset);
  • Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network (OBBN) experience and certification would be an asset.


  • Participate in species monitoring using standardized protocols, possibly including but not limited to: butterflies, birds, invasive species, salamanders, and soil humus decay rates;
  • Collect and analyse data and prepare summary documents, reports, and public communication pieces for review;
  • Recruit and manage volunteers and community-based 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: $16.35/hr, 35 hours a week. The position is for 7 months, with the possibility of extension, beginning May, 2021 and pending approval of funding.


DEADLINE: Sunday April 11th, 2021

Applicants should send their resume, cover letter, and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers for two professional references as one pdf document to the following email address: Cover letters for this position may be addressed to Jenna Quinn. Please include the name of the job position in the email subject line.

No phone calls please. Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. References will not be contacted until you have been short-listed and informed.

As part of our commitment to racial justice, reconciliation and equity building, we welcome individuals from marginalized communities including Black people, Indigenous people, people of colour, LGBTQI2S+ and self-identifying women candidates to apply for this position. We encourage people with disabilities to apply. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

We are dedicated to removing bias from our hiring process. For this reason, we have implemented an anonymous review component in our recruitment process. What does this mean? We will be removing your name, address and e-mail address from your application/resume prior to it being reviewed by the hiring manager, during the first stage of the recruitment process. If you are selected for an interview, this information will become available to the hiring manager only at that time.