GIS Intern Opportunity

The Nature Conservancy of Canada

  • Posted on: May 15, 2018
  • Expires on: May 23, 2018

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962 NCC and its supporters have protected 2.8 million acres (more than 1.1 million hectares) of ecologically significant land across Canada. NCC takes a collaborative, science-based approach to achieve conservation success for the sake of nature and Canadians. With a national office in Toronto and seven regional offices across the country, NCC delivers results you can walk on.

Purpose and General Description

The majority of NCC’s work is in the southern more developed areas of Canada, where private land is concentrated and species and habitats are at higher risk. However, NCC is exploring the application of its expertise in conservation planning and action in Canada’s boreal and arctic – where there is still opportunity to conserve intact and heathy landscapes.

Working under the Manager of Northern Conservation Planning, you will support the acquisition and development of boreal GIS data, and work on conservation planning to help NCC prioritize its actions on the ground.

This position will allow you to build your network of connections with GIS professionals across the country, while gaining a broad understanding of NCC’s collaborative approach to partnership with government agencies, universities and researchers, Indigenous organizations, and other non-profit groups. You will develop transposable skill sets in: database development and management, web mapping applications, and conservation planning approaches to prioritization in intact landscapes.

Come be part of an innovative team working to build NCC’s approach to allied support of large-landscape scale conservation in Canada’s boreal!

Duties and Responsibilities

  • In consultation with regional NCC Science and Planning and GIS staff, collect and manage spatial data on Canada’s boreal using ArcGIS 10.x.
  • Help address information gaps regarding the location and status of resource development tenures (e.g. oil and gas leases, forestry licenses, mineral permits, etc.) and private landholdings in the boreal.
  • Develop agreements with external partners to share GIS data.
  • Use ArcGIS Online Story Maps to tell compelling and inspiring stories about the global significance of Canada’s boreal.

Required Skills and Attributes

The internship is targeting students with the following skills and attributes:

  • Training in geomatics, geography, environmental sciences/studies or related fields
  • Experience with spatial data and information management, particularly ArcGIS 10.x software and ArcGIS Online
  • Strong interested in conservation planning
  • Organized with strong attention to detail
  • Self-motivated team-player
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Bilingualism in English and French is considered an asset


The funding for this position requires interns to meet specific criteria; please ensure you meet the following eligibility requirements before applying:

  • Must be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment
  • Must have registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year (in or outside of Canada)
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, or permanent resident or a protected person as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment
  • 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 legislation and regulations.
  • This is a full-time (37.5 hours from Monday to Friday) 12-week (June 11th until August 31th, 2018) position
  • Salary is $18/hour
  • This position will report to the Manager of Northern Conservation Planning

Terms of Employment

  • This is a full-time (37.5 hours from Monday to Friday) 12-week (June 11th until August 31th, 2018) position
  • Salary is $18/hour
  • This position will report to the Manager of Northern Conservation Planning
  • This position is based in NCC’s Ottawa or St. John’s offices (Ottawa preferred)

To Apply

Interested applicants should forward their cover letter and resume quoting “Boreal GIS Intern” to:

Attention: Angela Parillo