Gulf Islands Forest Project Intern

Job opportunity.

If you are a self-starter who understands the role efficacious public policy plays in conservation, this may be the position for you. Raincoast Conservation Foundation (Raincoast) is seeking a summer student to support the policy aspect of the Gulf Islands Forest Project. This position will be largely desk-based, involving literature review and policy research. 

Wage and details 

Job Type: Full time 8 week term
Anticipated hours: 30-35 hours per week
Wage: $18/ hour 
Application deadline: May 23rd midnight
Start date: June 1st-June 15th, 2022

Schedule can be flexible (i.e. work times/work days), with possibility for some extended time off to enjoy the summer. If the successful incumbent is based in BC, there may be an opportunity to spend some time on Pender Island. 

Position requirements

Funding for this position is provided through the Canada Summer Jobs Program. To be eligible, you must meet the following funding criteria:

  •  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.
  • Access to a personal computer and reliable internet connection

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

**International students are not eligible participants. International students include anyone who is temporarily in Canada for studies and who is not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada. Youth awaiting a refugee status ruling, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, youth visa or work visa are ineligible. 

Desired skills & qualifications

  • Must be highly self-motivated and able to work effectively for a fully remote organization
  • Degree (achieved or in progress) or real-world experience in Environmental Studies/Science, Environmental Law, Resource Management, Public Policy/Political Science, or similar
  • Expertise using QGIS mapping software
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Experience in data management
  • Experience conducting literature and/or legislative reviews
  • Understanding of environmental policy in BC especially as it pertains to forests and forestry
  • Some familiarity with the Coastal Douglas-fir region
  • A valid BC drivers license and access to a vehicle is preferred

Strong assets

  • Understanding the unique governance structure of the Islands Trust
  • Understanding of the Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification (BEC) system used in BC
  • There may be some opportunity to partake in forest-based field work, so some experience in this realm would be considered an asset
  • Willingness to travel to Pender Island to participate in restoration events on an as-needed basis 

About The Gulf Islands Forest Project 

Approximately 30% of British Columbia’s (BC’s) Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) forests and associated habitats occurs in the Gulf Islands region. The smallest of 16 biogeoclimatic zones (“zones”) in the province, the CDF zone is characterized by towering conifers like Western redcedar, and Coastal Douglas-fir; diverse and rare ecosystems like Garry oak meadows; and many threatened native bird and animal species. These ecosystems are among the most biodiverse, rare, and endangered in Canada, and as the unceded traditional territory of Coast Salish people, hold significant social and cultural value. 

The CDF has been dramatically fragmented by increasing industrial, commercial, and residential development. In recent years this development pressure has been exacerbated by the progressively tangible impacts of climate change along with unregulated deer browsing, natural fire suppression, and invasions of non-native species, together posing a significant threat to an assemblage of ecosystems unraveling from former levels of diversity and abundance. In response to these challenges, Raincoast Conservation Foundation launched the Gulf Islands Forest Project (GIF Project) with the ultimate objective of securing long-term protection of CDF forests and associated habitats across the Gulf Islands with a preliminary focus on North and South Pender Islands, the Traditional Territory of the W̱SÁNEĆ peoples.

The GIF Project is multi-faceted and innovative, employing multiple strategies to ensure long-term forest protection on the Gulf Islands. Activities generally fall under four umbrellas, and include:

  1. Working toward policy change : establishing precedent for improving forest management and maintaining tree cover on private land
  2.  Ecological investigation: noting forest cover changes; tree mortality; extent of herbaceous groundcover, etc. to better understand baseline forest conditions & inform conservation strategies.
  3. Education and engagement: creating awareness about the importance of maintaining contiguous forest cover and biodiversity, and introducing citizen science initiatives to aid in the development of skills and tools to protect and conserve important ecological areas.
  1. Land acquisition: securing permanent protection of CDF forests and associated habitats 

About Raincoast 

Raincoast is a team of conservationists and scientists empowered by our research to protect the lands, waters and wildlife of coastal British Columbia. We use rigorous, peer-reviewed science and community engagement to further our conservation objectives. We call this approach informed advocacy. As a charitable, non-profit conservation science organization that operates a research lab, research field station and a research/sailing vessel, we are unique in Canada.

Raincoast welcomes applications from all interested and qualified candidates. Our organization is the product of diverse visions and perspectives and we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring. Raincoast is committed to fostering and maintaining a workplace culture that is inclusive and does not tolerate or accept discrimination or harassment.

How to apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to .

Email applications with “Application, GIFP Intern 2022” in the subject line. Attach a single PDF file for your one-page cover letter and your resume – name it your first and last name (e.g. Mark Smith.pdf).

The cover letter should express why you are interested in this position and clearly outline how you meet the required qualifications. Your supporting resume should outline all relevant work experience and identify two references.

We thank all applicants but only those receiving an interview will be contacted.

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