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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Intern

Location: Based out of the Ontario Nature Head office – 214 King St. West, Suite 612, Toronto, ON

Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted by May 22nd.

Anticipated Start Date: June 11, 2018

Payment Description: 37.5 hours per week for 8 weeks at $14.25/hour

Job Description:

The GIS Intern will work closely with the Nature Reserves Technician to support the GIS needs of the Ontario Nature’s Nature Reserves Program. This position will involve assisting conservation staff with data entry and organization, creating communication materials and tools as well as testing new technologies for field data collection. The GIS intern will gain valuable first-hand knowledge and experience with the GIS practices used in managing protected lands in Ontario.

Principle Responsibilities:

  • Entering data and migrating existing spatial data into a new server and filing structure
  • Creating style references and map templates in accordance with Ontario Nature brand guidelines
  • Assisting with the implementation of ESRI field applications, specifically Collector for ArcGIS and Survey123, including some field data collection
  • Creating maps as required by conservation staff
  • Other duties as needed

Qualifications and Job Requirements:

  • Currently in a post-secondary program that includes the study of geographic information systems
  • Thorough understanding of and proficiency with ESRI desktop products, such as ArcMap and ArcCatalogue
  • Demonstrated understanding of GIS theory and application
  • Proficiency with smart phone applications and data collection devices such as tablets
  • Experience using Collector for ArcGIS and Survey123 an asset
  • Proficient with word processing, desktop publishing, and spreadsheet software
  • Highly motivated, analytical and detail oriented
  • Good problem-solving skills, sound judgement and self-reliance
  • Ability to work well independently
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated interest in conservation issues in Ontario

The successful candidate must be eligible under the Canada Summer Jobs funding, as such they must be:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Please apply by e-mailing your resume and cover letter with the subject line “GIS Intern” to Stephanie Muckle, Nature Reserves Technician, at by May 22, 2018. No phone calls please.

Edible Wild Plant Phone App Developer

Location: Ontario Nature’s Boreal Conservation Office; 10 Cumberland Street North, Thunder Bay, Ontario (working remotely is a possibility if the candidate can demonstrate how this could be successful).

Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted by May 18th.

Payment Description: Full time, 8-week position, at $14.50/hr.

Job Description:

Ontario Nature is seeking a self-motivated individual, who is committed to conservation and connecting people with nature. Reporting to the Boreal Program Manager, the Developer will convert Ontario Nature’s edible wild plant field guide into a simple phone application. The ideal candidate is hard-working, highly organized and knowledgeable about phone app development, or has a keen willingness to learn. The ability to problem solve and work well independently are critical.

Principle Responsibilities:

  • Collect and synthesize existing videos, photos and edible wild plant descriptions to be integrated into a basic phone app.
  • Share app prototypes with users and integrate feedback.
  • Support the promotion of the app by preparing materials for social media (and other web-based resources), newsletters, and print media.
  • Other administrative support duties, as required.

Qualifications and Job Requirements:

  • Enrollment in a degree or diploma in computer sciences, forestry, biology, natural resources, environmental studies, Aboriginal or northern studies or other related fields.
  • Basic knowledge or willingness to learn about northern ecology.
  • Previous education or experience in app programming (Appy Pie, Apps Bar, or App Makr) would be an asset.
  • Must be under 30 years old.
  • Must be registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intending to return to school on a full-time basis in fall 2018.

Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Working Conditions:

This is a full-time, 8-week paid position. The Edible Wild Plant Phone App Developer will be expected to maintain a regular work week from Ontario Nature’s Thunder Bay office. Please submit a resume, cover letter and three references in one document (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF) to:

Dr. Julee Boan, Boreal Program Manager, Ontario Nature

The deadline for applications is May 18, 2018. Please only apply via email and include Edible Wild Plant Phone App Developer in the subject line.

Although Ontario Nature appreciates the efforts of all those who apply for this position, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No unsolicited emails or phone calls please.

Ontario Nature welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

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