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There are many opportunities at rare to help foster your personal development while helping to steward the local environment. Click here to learn more about how you can help our conservation, research, education, fundraising, or administrative efforts, or contact us at rare at raresites.org or 519-650-9336 x126.

Internships and Seasonal Positions

Pending the securement of funding, rare typically offers four paid internship positions each year in the areas of monitoring, education, gardening, and land stewardship. An additional three to five summer students positions are generally hired in the areas of education, gardening, and land stewardship. Check back each spring to view our job postings.

Read about some of our past intern experiences on our blog.

Jobs at rare

Jobs Currently Available: Education Assistant | Organic Garden Assistant

Check back here often to view our latest openings for positions at rare.

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.

To Apply For Positions at rare:

Applicants should send their resume, cover letter, and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers for two professional references as an attachment to the following email address: jobs@raresites.org. If possible, please compile your documents into one pdf file. Any application materials provided within the body (text) of your email will not be considered. 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.

In addition to following all COVID-19 safety measures to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, and guests, the rare Charitable Research Reserve requires all staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

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Wanted: Education Assistant

Responsible for ensuring the successful preservation and restoration of 1,000+ acres, rare is located in one of the fastest-growing areas of the country. Its lands provide a natural laboratory for scientific study and research, and for rare’s related research-based educational programs. Supervised by and reporting to the Educators, while working in a team environment with all program advisors, staff and volunteers, the Education Assistant is responsible for assisting in the delivery of our Summer ECO Camp program, and other related duties as required.

ELIGIBILITY

This is a paid position, under the Government of Canada – Canada Summer Jobs Program. Requirements of funding state that the participant must: 

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment*;  
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and, 
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

* – The participant must be 15 years of age at the beginning of the employment period. The participant may be more than 30 years of age at the end of the employment period as long as the participant was 30 at the beginning of the employment period. 

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Delivering hands-on land-based nature activities to children aged 5 – 16 
  • Preparation and clean-up of daily activities and equipment maintenance 
  • Participation in documentation and administration duties 
  • Guiding interpretive hikes 
  • Assisting with rare events as required 
  • Attending regular team meetings to report on progress.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a program in biology, ecology, environmental sciences, outdoor and recreational studies, a related discipline OR enrolled in secondary school with relevant experience 
  • Experience in developing and delivering environmental programs to children 
  • A current police check, including a Vulnerable Sector Screening * 
  • Able to participate in all-weather hikes over rough terrain 
  • Reliable transportation to/from work 
  • Fluency in other languages is considered to be a strong asset.

* – Costs associated with the VSS Police Check will be covered by rare for the successful candidate. 

SALARY: $17.20/hr, 40 hours a week for 8-10 weeks (exact length depending on available funding).

TENTATIVE START DATE: June 27, 2022

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Monday, May 23, 2022 (See instructions on how to apply above)

Wanted: Organic Garden Assistant (2)

Responsible for ensuring the successful preservation and restoration of 1,000+ acres, rare is located in one of the fastest-growing areas of the country. Its lands provide a natural laboratory for scientific study and research, and for rare’s related research-based educational programs. For information, visit us online at www.raresites.org

Supervised by and reporting to the Gardens and Facilities Coordinator, while working in a team environment with other staff and volunteers, the Organic Garden Assistant is responsible for assisting with managing and maintaining large organic vegetable gardens, a fruit orchard, lawn care, aiding volunteer gardeners and guiding the weekly ECO garden program for children.

ELIGIBILITY

This is a paid position, under the Government of Canada – Canada Summer Jobs Program. Requirements of funding state that the participant must be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment (The participant must be 15 years of age at the beginning of the employment period. The participant may be more than 30 years of age at the end of the employment period as long as the participant was 30 at the beginning of the employment period), must a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and must have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Engaging in physically demanding work in organic gardens that includes planting, pest management, weeding, mulching, watering, harvesting;
  • Plant propagation in greenhouse;
  • Successfully growing, harvesting and delivering thousands of pounds of organic produce to local food banks;
  • Supervising and leading garden volunteers from corporate groups, schools, non-profits, and individual members of the community;
  • Providing leadership to Food Bank clients and staff who assist in the large Springbank Food Bank gardens; 
  • Maintaining lawns and gardens within the community gardens and at various rare facilities;
  • Organizing and maintaining tools and equipment;
  • Assisting with teaching children from rare’s Every Child Outdoors program about organic gardening, using a hands-on approach that includes plant care, fun facts, harvesting and tasting;
  • Promoting rare’s vision at workshops and public events.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Keen interest in organic gardening, local food security and sustainable agriculture;
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions, including rain or intense heat, and tolerant of exposure to biting and crawling insects;
  • Be able to bend, twist, crawl, and walk on uneven terrain and be able to lift and carry heavy weights up to 50lbs;
  • Ability to use manual tools such as shovels, rakes, hoes, garden forks and powered equipment such as lawnmowers and weed trimmers;
  • Demonstrated ability for teamwork and ability to work responsibly while unsupervised;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Observant, specifically in relation to noticing gardens pests and problems;
  • Have reliable transportation to and from the workplace;
  • Available Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

SALARY: $17.20/hr, 35 hours a week for 8 weeks.

TENTATIVE START DATE: May 16 or July 11, 2022 (Negotiable)

DEADLINE TO APPLY: This job will be posted until the position is filled (See instructions on how to apply above).

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