Conservation Intern at Yellowstone to Yukon

Conservation Intern at Yellowstone to Yukon

Y2Y seeks a Conservation Science Intern to support research on recreation ecology in Alberta and British Columbia. We seek a young professional interested in combining skills and passion for spatial data science, recreation, and the environment


Position Title: Conservation Science Intern
Start/end dates: minimum of 8 weeks (between June 15 and August 28)
Hourly wage: $20/hour, 37.5-hour week


The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) is a joint Canada-U.S. not-for-profit organization
with a mission to connect and protect wildlife habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon so people and nature
can thrive. We are the only organization dedicated to securing the long-term ecological health of this
entire region. We take a scientific and collaborative approach to conservation, and highlight and focus
on local issues that affect the region. We have worked with more than 450 partners, including scientists,
conservation groups, landowners, businesses, government agencies as well as First Nations and Native
American communities to stitch together this landscape. More information:


Y2Y seeks a Conservation Science Intern to support research on recreation ecology in Alberta and British
Columbia. We seek a young professional interested in combining skills and passion for spatial data
science, recreation, and the environment. The Conservation Science Intern will be co-supervised by Dr.
Karine Pigeon and Dr. Aerin Jacob. The intern will be invited to participate in Y2Y staff meetings to learn
about the practices and processes of working in an international not-for-profit organization.
The position is suited to a well-organized undergraduate or graduate student with interest in geospatial
analyses (GIS, data processing, and mapping, data management), research skills, and experience in a
field related to natural resource management, conservation science, or geospatial studies that inform
wildlife and land-use management. The intern will be encouraged to work independently on geospatial
and literature reference management databases. More broadly, the context for this work is to learn
about where human outdoor recreation occurs in the Yellowstone to Yukon region and how to better
measure it. This position has the potential to inform land management and planning and help to
motivate actions that support protecting and conserving the environment while promoting high-quality
outdoor recreation experiences.


Working in Y2Y’s Integrating Science and Conservation team to study recreation ecology, the intern will:
• Organize and manage bibliographic information relevant to recreation ecology and conservation
aspects in the Yellowstone to Yukon region using reference management software
• Review published research on remote sensing methods for monitoring impacts of recreation
• Conduct online searches and explore alternate methodologies and potential new approaches to
fill gaps in existing spatial data
• Assist in acquiring GIS spatial features and attribute data from various sources
• Digitize spatial data, and assist in generating maps and related GIS digital data as necessary
• Assist with geospatial analyses supporting evaluation of recreation activities
• Assist in managing a geodatabase; generate, collate, organize, maintain and archive GIS data
• Assist with other related tasks as needed


• Some experience with ArcGIS software, GIS, and mapping – ideally with geodatabases, digitizing, georeferencing, and remote sensing
• Experience managing and citing bibliographic references (reports, books, journal articles)
• Ability to work independently and creatively, and possess problem-solving skills
• Strong organizational skills and excellent attention to detail
• Strong computer, research, and critical thinking skills


This position is funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program, which stipulates that interns must:
• Be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
• Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been
conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and;
• Have a valid Social Insurance Number and be legally entitled to work in Canada
Y2Y is an equal opportunity employer and committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace
and more broadly in society. We strongly encourage applications from members of under-represented


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the position will be based remotely. Potential for working at the Y2Y main
office in Canmore, Alberta will be contingent on how the pandemic evolves. The applicant will require a
working computer with the ability to run ArcGIS. Not having access to a working laptop should not stop
you from applying but please clearly indicate this requirement in your application – we will do our best to
accommodate a successful applicant. This is a full-time position (i.e., 37.5 hr/week) for 8 weeks between
June 15 and August 28, 2020 with potential for an extension dependent on additional funding. The start
and end dates are flexible, with a start date on or before June 15. The salary is $20/hour


Please send 1-page cover letter and 2-page resume as one single PDF, including contact details of two
references by 5pm MT on Sunday May 31, 2020, to Subject line and PDF file name: “Your
Name – Y2Y Conservation Science Intern”.
Y2Y thanks all applicants for their interest, only successful candidates will be contacted.