The Opportunity

The Wetland Centre at Shubenacadie Provincial Park delivers a number of wildlife-themed educational programs and special events through an operating partnership between the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources and Ducks Unlimited Canada.  Both DNR and DUC also deliver educational and stewardship programs to audiences throughout Nova Scotia, through the Project Webfoot, Wetland Centres of Excellence, HRSB EXCEL, and other programs. The Nature Interpreter will deliver educational activities and events at Shubenacadie Wildlife Park and assist with programs at other locations. Reporting to the DUC Education Specialist and working closely with DNR Interpretive staff, responsibilities may include:
  • Delivering educational programming at the Wetland Centre
  • Traveling to various wetland sites in Nova Scotia to deliver outdoor field trips
  • Assisting with various wetland education activities and events
  • Sitting on planning or other committee meetings to help plan or review programs as needed
  • Compiling feedback of education programs
  • Assisting with the maintenance of public interpretive trails
  • Assisting with the care of small animals (such as aquatic insects and reptiles)
  • Assisting with Wetland Centre upkeep, gift shop preparation, or other administrative tasks as needed
 Details
  • Expected term of employment is 10-16 weeks (pending funding), beginning in early May 2018
  • Salary is $13.00-$14.00/hr based on a 35-hour week
  • Some evening and weekend work may be required.

Qualifications

This interpretive position requires some knowledge of wildlife biology, wetland ecosystems, environmental management, or similar theory, and a strong background in outreach and/or education. Experience or schooling in environmental outreach or education would be considered an asset. Other qualifications include:
  • Eligible for Canada Summer Jobs (Registration as a full-time post-secondary student with intention to return full-time studies in the fall, and between the ages of 15 and 30 at the time of job commencement)
  • Possession of valid First Aid and CPR training
  • Completion of a vulnerable sector check (to be filed before commencing duties)
  • Experience working with youth and/or the public and a good energy and aptitude for busy outdoor work
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Enthusiasm for the outdoors, wildlife, and conservation
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license
  • Knowledge of wildlife/wetland management, DNR, or DUC operations is an asset
  • Bilingualism is a strong asset (English and French, or English and another language)
  • Aboriginal youth (including Metis, Inuit, and Non-Status youth) and youth of visible minorities are encouraged to apply and identify themselves in their application. Experience working with First Nations, knowledge of First Nations histories or contexts, especially in an environmental or education capacity is an asset.
How to Apply
If you are qualified and interested in this opportunity, please submit (email preferred) your cover letter, résumé, and the names of three references for confidential consideration by March 12th, 2018 to the attention of:

Rebecca Parker, Education Specialist

Ducks Unlimited Canada, Shubenacadie, NS
Ph: 902-758-4541   Email: r_parker@ducks.ca

While DUC would like to thank all applicants, only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.

Action Alerts

Conserve Our NB

Friday, 09 February 2018
by Nature Trust of New Brunswick

For countless generations, people in New Brunswick have cherished the wildlife and beauty of their natural surroundings. We have adopted many deeply rooted outdoor traditions that take us to the rivers, lakes, wetlands, forests, and coastlines of our beautiful province in all seasons of the year. Help protect the wild places that you love so that your family, children, and grandchildren will be able to enjoy them forever.

Over 95% of New Brunswick is currently unprotected and open to exploitation that could harm wildlife and damage the natural beauty of our province, and we need to act now to change that.

Through the Convention on Biological Diversity, Canada has signed on to conserve 17% of land and freshwater by 2020.  As Canadians, it is our shared responsibility to hold the government accountable to achieving this target. The Nature Trust of New Brunswick is urging you to speak out to your provincial representatives to declare your support for increased land conservation in the province, and encourage them to set set their own conservation goals for the province and develop an action plan to achieve these goalsThrough Pathway to Canada Target 1, an Indigenous Circle of Experts (ICE) has been identified to ensure all elements of the initiative are guided by Indigenous experts across Canada, which should be reflected in New Brunswick’s efforts as well.

A vast majority of Canadians agree that protecting the environment is one of the most important issues currently facing our country. In a recent national conservation survey, 87% of Canadians support increasing the amount of natural areas protected from development, including at national parks. Join the growing movement of people who are speaking out in support of land conservation.

We’ve made it easy for you to take action! It takes less than a minute with our online template to send a letter to your local MLA. To learn more about what you can do to support land conservation, download the Conserve Our NB toolkit.  

Printable pledge link: http://www.naturetrust.nb.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Conserve-Our-NB-Pledge.pdf  Please help by joining the movement and collecting signatures from your corner of the province to show support for increased land and freshwater protection in NB. 

Please return pledge sheets with original signatures to the Nature Trust of New Brunswick office.
Next Deadline: March 13, 2018

By mail:
P.O. Box 603 Station A,
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5A6 

In person: 404 Queen St. 3rd floor,
Fredericton, NB

Have your say on Draft Water Strategy!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017
by Conservation Council of New Brunswick
A Water Strategy for New Brunswick

On October 6, 2017, the department of Environment and Local Government released a draft water strategy for comments. The draft strategy is available on the government website. Comments can be submitted by email to: waterstrategy-strategiedeleau@gnb.ca or by mail to: Department of Environment and Local Government, Policy and Planning Division, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 5H1. Comments will be accepted until November 20, 2017.

In order to help groups with their submissions, the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, in cooperation with watershed groups, has put together key elements of a watershed strategy and a sample letter to send to the Department.

Summary​ ​of​ ​8​ ​Key​ ​Elements​ ​of​ ​a​ ​Strong​ ​Water​ ​Protection​ ​Strategy

New​ ​Brunswick​ ​deserves​ ​a​ ​water​ ​protection​ ​strategy​ ​that:
    1. is​​ ​​science-based;​ ​(involving​ ​baseline​ ​data,​ ​tracking​ ​and​ ​taking​ ​into​ ​consideration cumulative​ ​impacts,​ ​environmental​ ​flows)
    2. sets​ ​water​ ​quality​ ​standards​ ​within​ ​a​ ​working,​ ​legal​ ​mechanism;
    3. conserves​ ​all​ ​water​ ​within​ ​​watersheds​ ​including​ ​surface​ ​waters​ ​(lakes,​ ​streams,​ ​rivers) and​ ​groundwater,​ ​by​ ​developing​ ​good​ ​conservation​ ​plans,​ ​policies​ ​and​ ​practices,​ ​and uses​ ​the​ ​precautionary​ ​principle​ ​as​ ​a​ ​guiding,​ ​legally​ ​enforceable​ ​tool;
    4. protects​ ​our​ ​marine​ ​coastal​ ​areas​ ​in​ ​law;
    5. has​ ​a​ ​meaningful​ ​form​ ​of​ ​​co-governance​ ​with​ ​First​ ​Nations;
    6. includes​ ​the​ ​development,​ ​implementation​ ​and​ ​enforcement​ ​of​ ​watershed​ ​protection plans,​ ​developed​ ​in​ ​a​ ​transparent​ ​manner,​ ​involving​ ​government,​ ​businesses,​ ​watershed organizations,​ ​farmers,​ ​municipal​ ​officials,​ ​and​ ​citizens;
    7. is​ ​accountable,​ ​which​ ​includes​ ​ongoing​ ​monitoring​ ​and​ ​annual​ ​reporting​ ​to​ ​the​ ​public​ ​on the​ ​progress​ ​of​ ​goals​ ​and​ ​objectives​ ​outlined​ ​in​ ​the​ ​water​ ​protection​ ​strategy;​ ​and,
    8. is​​ ​enforceable​ ​through​ ​a​ ​modern​ ​legal​ ​framework
Sample Letter
 My name is ______, and I am writing to express my support for a strong Water Strategy in New Brunswick.

I live near ______ OR I live in ___________ watershed

Describe your favourite spot to fish/swim/paddle etc.

Share your favourite water memory.

Clean, healthy water is important to me because _____________.

Have you recently experienced a boil water order? Blue-green algae? Extreme weather? Describe what is of concern to you.

I applaud the provincial government for moving forward on its commitment to protecting our water; however I believe the draft strategy does not go far enough to ensure healthy water for my watershed.

We need a water protection strategy that (Insert one or multiple key elements).

I am afraid that if left unattended, my watershed will face ongoing and increasing treats from (pollution, wetland and coastal estuary loss, loss of adequate environmental flow to sustain aquatic life, and increasing climate change impacts such as floods, droughts, and high temperatures.)

Please protect my watershed by implementing a strong water protection strategy with modern legislation that (note key element(s)) to ensure the health of our water and people.

Thank you,
Your name.

For more information, visit the CCNB's website.