Expression of Interest - Intern, Invasive Species Biologist

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Closing date: Jan 17, 2019

Location: Yellowknife

Department: Environment &Natural Resources

Job Code: 16393

Salary: $67,607 - $80,691

Job: Full-Time

Term: Temporary

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About the Job

Limited Competition

Intern placements are available to Northern graduates.  A northern graduate is an individual who has graduated with a diploma or degree from a designated post-secondary institution within a 24 month period prior to applying to the Internship Program or will complete all academic requirements for his/her program within 6 months of applying to the Internship Program. Applications to any intern job posting will only be accepted if you are registered to the Internship Program. For more information on the updated Internship Program including eligibility criteria and how to apply please visit 

Department Information

Environment and Natural Resources actively collaborates to protect, manage and restore ecosystem health, promote environmental stewardship and support the wise use of natural resources for the benefit of ecosystems, which include the people of the Northwest Territories.

Job Information

Located in Yellowknife, the Invasive Species Biologist (Intern) reports to the Species at Risk Implementation Supervisor.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) hosted a territorial Pests, Pathogens, and Invasive Species Symposium in April 2018 and determined a path forward to address pests, pathogens, and invasive species in the NWT. This symposium resulted in a recommendation supported by ENR to initiate the NWT Invasive Species Council to develop recommendations for addressing pests, pathogens, and invasive species in the NWT, undertake or support the completion of concrete projects designed to prevent and mitigate the impact of pests, pathogens, and invasive species in the NWT, and act as a central pests, pathogens, and invasive species resource center for NWT residents.

The Invasive Species Council is further supported by GNWT strategies and action plans, including the NWT Agriculture Strategy, the NWT Climate Change Framework , and initiatives under the Species at Risk (NWT) Act to reduce threat impacts to species at risk associated with pests, pathogens, and invasive species.

The position will work closely with the Wildlife Veterinarian, Wildlife Biologist (Biodiversity), the Wildlife Biologist (Species at Risk), departmental staff, co-management boards, communities, and federal counterparts with responsibility for pests, pathogens, and invasive species program implementation.

The Intern will assist with the necessary administrative, logistical, and supporting work required to set up the NWT Invasive Species Council as a non-governmental organization (incorporation, registration, insurance), initial communication materials (website, visual identity/logo), initial meeting of Board of Directors, and the identification of sources of project-specific and/or continuing operational funding.

In particular, this will require close cooperation and communication with the departments of ENR and ITI, renewable resources boards established under land claim agreements, communities, and residents. The Intern will also assist with report drafting, editing, and reviewing meeting materials, briefing materials and decision papers.
The support provided by the incumbent will be necessary to the successful establishment of the NWT Invasive Species Council and will provide the foundation for the effective protection of wildlife in the NWT from pests, pathogens, and invasive species.

The Wildlife Division is a supportive environment, with dedicated staff committed to succession, training, and pursuit of advancement/interests. Both the direct supervisor and the Division as a whole are prepared to offer the guidance, support, and advice necessary to facilitate the success of the incumbent.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by a Bachelor’s Degree in a field such as Natural Sciences, Wildlife Management, Environmental Studies, Geography, or equivalent education.

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Term Position

This job opening is for a one (1) or two (2) year internship.

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $34.67 per hour (approximately $67,307 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,450.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term positions.

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 16393        

Closing Date: January 17, 2019 - 23:59, Mountain Standard Time

GNWT Inquiries

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Management and Recruitment Services
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor  
P.O. Box 1320, Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9
Fax: (867) 873-0445