Job Details - ACAP Cape Breton Summer Environmental Interns

ACAP Cape Breton Summer Environmental Interns

ACAP Cape Breton

Full-Time Seasonal

Weekdays Weekends Evenings


Are you interested in environmental field work? What about connecting new audiences to outdoor and environmental learning? Perhaps you’re passionate about the protection of aquatic eco-systems? ACAP Cape Breton is hiring three summer interns for eight-week positions. This is a great opportunity to develop your skills while working with an enthusiastic team of environmental professionals. 

ACAP Cape Breton adheres to Covid-19 safe workplace guidelines. This means continuing adaptation to a changing situation and changing restrictions. The following points should be considered when determining if this job is a good fit for you:

  • Office work will be conducted from home until restrictions are lifted. We will work with interns to make sure they have the appropriate resources. All of our summer positions therefore require excellent time management skills, and the ability to work independently.
  • Some outdoor work will be required for all positions. The Environmental Technician and Habitat Management Technician will require more physical outdoor labor. 
  • These positions may require occasional evening or weekend work.

All positions will be under ACAP Cape Breton mentorship. Interns will gain valuable environmental knowledge and technical skills, including in water protection and conservation, biodiversity, and climate change mitigation. We will also work with summer interns to explore future employment in this sector and will support professional skill development. 

Position Descriptions

Environmental Technician 

The Environmental Technician will work with the ACAP summer team to apply ecological gardening practices to ACAPs various community gardens and create educational materials designed to share these sustainable practices with community members. They will also participate in activities that focus on the areas of water conservation, protection, climate change, and wastewater management throughout the CBRM. This intern will be responsible for outreach to the community groups and organizations, garden management and experimentation, communication, and marketing as well as weekly and monthly reporting. Additional duties will include assisting in field work, taking part in annual citizen science events, and other duties that bring environmental education to the community.

Key skills: Time management; Solid judgment; Commitment to ecological learning; Willingness to take direction and learn from feedback; Some knowledge of ecological gardening principles or other environmental and outdoor skills are assets.

Environmental Program Coordinator

The environmental program coordinator will work with the ACAP team to create interesting and vibrant outreach including social media, brochures, radio  ads, etc. that focus on the community's power to conserve and protect water at home. This intern will have the support of the team, access to ACAP's programs and IT and the water conservation mascot "Tappy" to work with to create educational messaging. Outreach and empowering the community for positive change will be the foundation of this intern's work. Additionally duties include supporting the rest of the ACAP summer team in various projects all relating to environmental education and action in the community. This will include supporting maintenance of community gardens, assisting in field work, taking part in citizen science events, and communication with other organizations working in the community. 

Key skills: Time management; Solid judgment; Commitment to ecological learning; Willingness to take direction and learn from feedback; Some knowledge of social media content creation, graphic design, and environmental education principles is an asset.

Habitat Management Technician

The Habitat Management Tech will be under the supervision of ACAP's habitat project manager. Projects that this participant would be involved in include aquatic habitat improvement, fish passage improvement, and ecological restoration. The Habitat Management Tech may also assist technical and/or specialized tasks depending on project needs, such as mapping, reports, and surveying. During the summer field season, you will gain hands-on experience in: assessing aquatic habitats; learning about different types of restoration and mitigation techniques; identifying fish species and understanding their lifecycles and behaviors; using basic hand tools including sledgehammer, shovel, socket wrench, and drill; navigating remote areas using GPS and mapping site locations using Google Earth software.

Key skills: Comfort working outdoors and in different weather conditions; Capacity for sustained physical exertion (e.g. shovelling, lifting materials); Ability to follow directions as needed and work collaboratively in a team; Attention to detail and safety protocols; Commitment to ecological learning.



(a) is between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;

(b) is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act*; and

(c) is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations.

*International students are not eligible. Recent immigrants are eligible if they are Canadian Citizens or permanent residents. These requirements are due to funding from the Canada Summer Jobs Program.


To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Kathleen Aikens ( by Tuesday, June 8th. Please indicate in your cover letter which position(s) you are interested in. You may apply for all three positions, or choose one or two.

Intended Job Posting Audience

This employment opportunity is open for: Canadian, Permanent Residents, and Temporary Residents who are able to work for any employer in Canada (Study Permit and Open work permit holders).

Only applicants who are authorized to work in Canada will be considered.

Location Information
Cape Breton Regional Municipality
Nova Scotia
Job Information
ACAP Cape Breton
NOC Code
Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers (4161)
Experience Required
An Asset
Available Openings
Pay Type
Pay Rate
Estimated Weekly Hours
Start Date
June 21st 2021
End Date
August 13th 2021
Language Proficiency Level
Advanced (CLB 8-9)
Posted on
May 25th 2021
June 18th 2021