HAT opens two summer youth internship positions for 2020

HAT is thrilled to provide two summer internships for local youth this summer! See PDF Version of Job Posting 

Job Opportunities: Summer Conservation Interns (Two Positions)

8-Week Internship – July 13 to September 4 2020 with the possibility of extension

Hourly Wage Rate: $15.00 per hour - 35 hours per week


Habitat Acquisition Trust is a regional land trust and conservation organization that conserves nature on land around the Salish Sea (southern vancouver island and the southern gulf islands) - within the territories of the W̱SÁNEĆ, Lekwungen, Tsuk, and Nuučaanuł nations (Pacheedaht). We envision a future where the full array of natural habitats are healthy and conserved by working in partnership with diverse communities.

There are five ways we work to achieve our vision by:

  • increasing the amount of protected natural area in our region;
  • maintaining and restoring natural areas;
  • engaging the public;
  • creating community partnerships; and
  • ensuring HAT's organizational excellence.

As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage women, people of Indigenous ancestry, people of colour, LGBTQQIP2SA+ individuals, and members of other diverse communities to apply for these internships with our organization. High school students encouraged to apply!


This position is funded by the Federal Canada Summer Jobs Grant by Employment and Social Development Canada. This grant requires that eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • is between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment
  • is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act*; and
  • is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations.

*International student are not eligible. Recent immigrants are eligible if they are Canadian Citizens or permanent residents.

NOTE: Priority will be given to Indigenous individuals and/or women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) as per our grant. Please indicate in your application if you self-identify with either of these categories.


Conservation Interns will work remotely with the Stewardship Coordinator on a number of initiatives including the Good Neighbours Habitat Stewardship Program. Each of these projects involves a mix of physical outdoor field work and independent, self-directed work in the office/remotely from home in collaboration with other HAT staff and our partners, as well as interacting with community members by phone/email. This mix presents many opportunities for the interns to learn new skills, be creative, and make contacts in the community. These positions will also provide practical experience in managing expectations while balancing their concerns with the realities of completing tasks.

Conservation Interns will learn about many aspects of conservation including: terrestrial species-at-risk and their habitats, threats to natural areas, applied stewardship actions, water quality protection, and creating wildlife habitat in urban areas.

Daily work will require reliable access to the internet, and will involve the use of a variety of digital platforms including: Microsoft Office – Outlook, Teams, Word, and Excel primarily, Google Drive and Documents, and others (laptop can be provided). There will be a two-week training period during which the Interns will be oriented to the position, and trained in regional ecology, species identification, natural areas management, restoration techniques, and media relations.

*COVID-19 associated best practices for safe, physically-distant conduct has changed the nature of our work. This shift will require a greater capability to navigate online tools, platforms, and communication skills as well as a high level of self-discipline/self-motivation.


Responsibilities of the Intern(s) will include:

  • Participating actively and enthusiastically in partnerships with Indigenous communities and on-the-ground practices of decolonization and reconciliation
  • Visiting CRD residents with HAT staff to empower them with effective environmental stewardship focusing on protecting species-at-risk, and raising awareness of biodiversity and conservation
  • Writing articles and posts for HAT’s blog and social media
  • Conducting restoration activities such as invasive plant removal and native species plantings
  • Developing skills in plant and animal identification both invasive and non-native species, field data/survey collection on ecological landscape features and presence/absence of species and ecosystems, archaeological feature identification and data collection
  • Working collaboratively with the HAT team including staff, board of directors and volunteers to implement project commitments
  • Leading an assigned conservation-based project
  • Demonstrating independence, self-motivation and self-awareness, humor, and humility


This is a full-time internship position at $15.00/hour (35 hours per week), with statutory holidays off, some evening and weekend work may be required as needed.


  • Submit your application with the words “Application for Conservation Intern” in the subject line to Paige Erickson-McGee, Stewardship Coordinator at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Only those candidates who are short-listed will be contacted by July 8 2020.
  • Applications will be considered as they are received, we cannot provide confirmation of application receipt at this time.
  • Please submit a cover letter and resume in written form, and/or an explanation of suggested format/process that might be more appropriate for you. (Perhaps an oral recording, video or medium that feels most comfortable to you).

Application Deadline: Sunday July 5 2020 at 11:59pm. 


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