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Job Description – Clean Leadership 2022 Program


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Summary of the Program

The Clean Leadership program (formerly Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps or Youth Corps) was established in 1989 to provide youth with training and employment opportunities in the environmental field. This program engages community partners across the province to hire youth to carry out work in the summer months that fosters environmental stewardship. The Clean Leadership program provides youth with clean sector work experience; an enhanced appreciation of the environment and their community, with opportunity to give back; skills for life-long learning (including job-readiness and leadership skills); and knowledge for future employment and/or education ventures. Interns will benefit from experiential work experience, a professional development training and leadership conference, networking opportunities and new connections.


Job Title
Aerial Insectivore Field Technician – 15-week internship

Job Location

Full time – 35 hours per week

Summary of Position

The community partner for this Summer Student Intern position through the Clean Leadership program will be Birds Canada, reporting to the Atlantic Aerial Insectivore Conservation Coordinator. In this position, you will be mainly responsible for conducting surveys of aerial insectivores (Bank Swallow, Chimney Swift, Barn Swallow) to monitor nesting sites and their habitats, as well as conducting outreach to share information about this group of birds with landowners and communities. The successful candidate needs to have bird identification skills, the ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, and an interest in learning about and promoting bird conservation.

Community Partner

Birds Canada is a national non-profit organization with a head office in Ontario and a regional office in Sackville, NB and Dartmouth, NS. Birds Canada’s mission is to drive action to increase the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of birds in Canada.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct nest and roost surveys for Bank Swallow, Chimney Swift, and Barn Swallow
  • Communicate with landowners and the public about the conservation and monitoring of these species
  • Work with project supervisor and other staff to coordinate survey work
  • Enter data online and keep track of survey effort and locations



  • Must be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, person who has been granted Refugee Status, or legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Must be between the ages of 15 and 30 years old (inclusive) at the start of internship;
  • From and/or will be residing in Nova Scotia for the duration of the internship;
  • Must be a full-time student* and intending to return to school in Fall 2022;
  • *Note: Indigenous, Black and/or African Nova Scotian youth between 18-30 years of age do not need to be current students to be eligible.
  • Must not be an immediate family member of community partner;
  • Have an aptitude for safe work practices and the ability to multi-task in a busy work environment;
  • Be able to work productively as part of a team while responding to feedback;
  • Demonstrated interest in future employment in the environmental or clean sector is considered an asset;
  • Able to identify bird species, specifically aerial insectivores
  • Able to work in the field, sometimes in inclement weather or conditions
  • Organized and able to manage data and communications
  • Capable and willing to communicate with diverse landowners about conservation issues

Working Conditions


Physical Requirements
Field work for this position may involve walking on uneven terrain and sitting/standing for long periods of time to observe bird nest sites.




To apply, please complete an intern application form.

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