Policy Intern, Protected Areas (Indigenous)


Organization: Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks

City: Peterborough, Ontario; *other Ontario locations may be considered

Job Term: Temporary fixed-term contract for up to 12 months

Salary: $58,029.00 – $80,306.00 Per Year

Job ID: 181683

Join the Ontario Parks team  where you will provide support, analysis, and advice on evidence-based policies and standards related to the establishment and management of provincial parks and conservation reserves and other protected and conserved area types across Ontario.

Park Planner

As the Park Planner for the North East Zone of Ontario Parks, you will:

• acquire and analyze information to prepare management statements, plans and amendments
• complete planning projects, write management statements, management plans and amendments to same for parks and park additions
• ensure parks planning/management direction is consistent with adjacent resource management or special resource management strategies (e.g. planned access, species at risk)
• prepare correspondence for planning projects
• participate in consultation for ongoing planning projects


Protected Areas Establishment and Conservation Directorate


Security clearance requirement: Reliability or Secret

All Parks Canada Agency employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground of discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.


Willingness and ability to travel occasionally.

Would you like to make a lasting difference for nature? We have a career opportunity for you!

Join the Parks Canada team of passionate and motivated people who take pride in establishing and managing protected areas. Through science and active management, we work to protect and restore ecosystems, recover species at risk, and address the impacts of climate change. We accomplish this work with sound science, and we work in collaboration with Indigenous communities.

Parks Canada’s Protected Areas Establishment and Conservation Directorate is looking for managers who will provide leadership and support for the establishment and management of national parks, national marine conservation areas and national urban parks across Canada. This process may also be used to staff positions in the Operations Directorate, which manages the day-to-day operations of all places administered by Parks Canada, or for other science and science policy positions at Parks Canada.

We have offices across Canada, from coast to coast to coast. Our work environment encourages collaboration, creativity and innovation. We invest in our employees by supporting ongoing training, learning and development. We support work-life balance and employee wellness through flexible arrangements such as telework.

Successful candidates will manage a program and/or a team. The work involves leading and inspiring a team, providing direction and supervising staff, managing a budget, developing relationships with internal and external partners, and providing evidence-based recommendations and advice.


  • All candidates must provide a curriculum vitae
  • All candidates are asked about whether they are part of an equity group

Employment equity is an organizational need: Parks Canada is committed to establishing and maintaining a diverse and representative workforce. Qualified candidates who self-declare as members of a visible minority group, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities or women could be considered in priority. Non-citizen permanent residents of Canada, with legal status to work in Canada, are encouraged to apply.



Parks Canada candidates who are only interested in at-level opportunities will not be required to undergo the full selection process. Parks Canada candidates will be considered at-level if their current substantive position is at the same group and level or equivalent or higher.

On November 8th, 2021, the Parks Canada Agency announced the details of its vaccination requirement for all employees.

As per the Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for Parks Canada Agency, employees must attest to their vaccination status. The requirement for employees to be fully vaccinated applies whether they are teleworking, working remotely or working on-site. This is a condition of employment and it applies to indeterminate, determinate (term), casual, as and when required, and student hiring (full-time, part-time and seasonal). Should you reach the point in the selection process where it is necessary to ensure terms and conditions of employment are met, the hiring manager or a human resources representative will contact you in order to complete a vaccination attestation form.

The Parks Canada Agency is established as a separate employer in the Federal Public Service under the Financial Administration Act. Persons appointed to the Agency continue to be part of the Public Service. The Parks Canada Agency operates under its own human resources framework outside of the Public Service Employment Act and in line with values of fairness, competence and respect, and its operating principles.

Protected Areas Project Coordinator

Protected Areas Project Coordinator

Job Description
The Protected Areas Project Coordinator will advance nature-based climate solutions by promoting the permanent protection of areas of high conservation value. They will work with conservation advocates, Indigenous communities, forestry and mining industry representatives, the provincial government, and other experts to strengthen the case to permanently set aside areas from industrial development to meet Canada’s international commitment to protect at least 25 percent of our lands and inlands waters by 2025.

The ideal candidate has excellent knowledge of conservation in forests managed for industrial logging, and will have experience working with third-party certification of managed forests (e.g., Forest Stewardship Council – FSC). They work well independently and as part of a team and thrive in a fast-paced work environment where success requires close attention to detail, flexibility, strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to high quality outcomes.

About Ontario Nature
Ontario Nature is a charitable conservation organization that protects wild species and wild spaces across Ontario through conservation, education and public engagement. We represent over 150 member groups and more than 30,000 individual members and supporters throughout the province. To learn more about Ontario Nature, visit: www.ontarionature.org.

Principal Responsibilities

Work with Ontario Nature’s Boreal Program Manager and Protected Places Campaign team to coordinate a carbon assessment workshop with academic experts and Indigenous and conservation partners.
Work with project partners to help implement the new FSC requirements for protected areas (e.g., support technical reviews, participate in independent audits), and coordinate meetings with provincial and local decision-makers, First Nations and stakeholders.
Coordinate the development and dissemination of communications materials (e.g., at local events, social and through conventional media).
Support efforts to engage members and supporters to demonstrate/demand support for permanent protection of candidate protected areas.
Coordinate field surveys (with local naturalists and community members) of candidate protected areas.
Assist with research to ensure successful delivery of the project.
Track project and event expenses and budget.


3-5 years relevant work experience.
Demonstrated interest in conservation in Ontario.
Diploma or Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, forest conservation, ecology, environmental science or a relevant field.
Knowledge and experience of the FSC certification system, and/or forest management planning in Ontario.
Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including active listening.
Ability to work well independently within a small team structure and collaboratively with partners.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
Basic GIS skills using ArcPro.
Valid class “G” driver’s license and ability to rent a vehicle in Ontario.
Ontario Nature requires that all employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to ensure the health and safety of our employees and the communities we operate in. The selected candidate must provide proof of vaccination at the time of hiring.

Desirable assets

Preference given to a person living in Thunder Bay or northern Ontario.
Anticipated start date: January 2022
Duration of position: 1-year contract with possibility of extension (3-year project)
Salary range: $39,000 – $50,000 per year, depending on qualifications and experience
Location: Ontario Nature’s Boreal Conservation Office – 10 Cumberland Street North, Thunder Bay, ON with some flexibility for remote working
Working conditions: Responsibilities for this position require flexibility to accommodate occasional weekend and evening work for meetings and events

To apply

Include your resume, cover letter and three references in one document, describing your qualifications and experience.
Include “Protected Areas Project Coordinator” in the subject line.
Submit your application by email to the attention of jobs@ontarionature.org.
Deadline for applications: November 15, 2021
Although Ontario Nature appreciates the efforts of all those who apply for this position, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No unsolicited emails or phone calls please.

Ontario Nature is committed to employment equity, diversity and accessibility. Requests for disability-related accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process, and applicants should make their requirements known when contacted.