Northern BC Climate Change Intern - CPAWS-BC

Enduring features and connectivity analyses in an era of significant climate change: an exciting 4-month paid student internship opportunity

Position description:
The BC Chapter of Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS-BC) is seeking a Northern BC Climate Change Intern through a partnership with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS). As one of Canada's oldest non-profit conservation groups, we protect wilderness in every corner of B.C. and deep into the ocean. We have been protecting Canada's nature since 1963; 47 years of successful conservation experience. We are dedicated to keeping at least half of British Columbia's public land and water wild. 

This full-time position entails working at our Vancouver office. The position is for 37.5 hours per week and will be 14 weeks for graduate students or 17 weeks for undergraduate students. Anticipated start date: September 6, 2011. 

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society -- BC Chapter, Yellowstone to Yukon Initiative, and the Wilburforce Foundation have completed some significant work on climate change analyses in northern BC. Work includes GIS analyses of enduring features; analyses of important areas for connectivity; analyses of core habitat and connectivity for species; incorporating First Nations traditional knowledge into planning; and incorporating this information into plans for protected area location/size/intactness and connectivity in light of climate change.

CPAWS-BC is now looking for a student who will provide expertise, develop skills, further research, write an academic journal paper and give presentations on this topic. The student will be guided by individuals who are actively implementing this in the field and would like to see this work published and disseminated. This project has the potential to further a student's thesis or develop the basis for a thesis. 

This project offers many opportunities for student learning and thesis development. This is a significant "real world" opportunity to put their skills to use and learn a lot in the process from experts in the field. The intern has the opportunity to work with top BC scientists, technicians, campaigners, and First Nations. 

Reporting to the CPAWS-BC Executive Director and Director of Terrestrial Conservation, the Northern BC Climate Change Intern will work with the Terrestrial Team on the Northern BC Climate Change project, which includes the Greater Muskwa-Kechika and Treaty 8 areas, to:

  • Work on and review an analysis of enduring features, analysis of important areas for connectivity, analysis of core habitat for species, and the incorporation of traditional knowledge into plans for protected areas in light of climate change in northern BC.
  • Write an academic report summarizing these analyses. 
  • Act as a liaison between all participating actors: First Nations, scientists, technicians, and staff at CPAWS-BC


  • University student currently enrolled in a fulltime undergraduate or graduate program at one of the four PICS institutions: University of Victoria, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Northern British Columbia
  • Interest in working with First Nations, scientists, technicians, and other environmental non-profit organizations
  • Well organized and energetic
  • Technical and mapping skills including knowledge of Geographic Information Systems
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Willingness to carry out all aspects of the task at hand to accomplish goals
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently to complete assigned tasks, while still working as part of a team
  • Passion for protecting B.C.'s wilderness and oceans

$22 per hour for graduate students and $18 per hour for undergraduate students. 

Please send a cover letter and resume by Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 at 5 pm with the subject line: "PICS Northern BC Intern" to Nicola Hill, Executive Director, CPAWS-BC at 

For more information on CPAWS-BC visit our website at 

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