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Friendly and engrossing
I was a volunteer for Nature Conservancy Canada and helped remove invasive Garlic Mustard plants in Happy Valley. We were first told what the plants looked like and how to remove them and then we were led into the valley. You did have to bend down a lot to pull up the plants from the roots but everybody was really friendly and genuinely cared about the state of Ontario's biodiversity.
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Silo environment, very rigid communication style
Outdated and inefficient management approach. Unwilling to consider problem solving solutions that may require organizational changes to fully optimize outcomes. A charity that is frozen in the 1990s with regards to operations. No diversity in the employment and marketing of the organization. Leadership is isolated from operational challenges, rigid thinking.
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Hyenas and red-bellied piranhas
If you want to experience mental asylum by all means work here, especially the Finance department.
The management so insecure about themselves that if they see or feel a new employee gaining popularity, the fangs come out immediately.

They believe its 16th century and slavery is still acceptable.
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Only work here if you’re into torture
What a great cause it is! But the cast-based culture, lack of leadership, disorganized processes and systems and the EXTREMELY heavy workload makes this place somewhat nightmarish. I’ve had many jobs in my lifetime, and this one is by far the craziest most hectic place I’ve ever worked. Not only that, but when you complain to management, you’re told to just suck it up or be more flexible.
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Unprofessional, no job security
Management is disorganized, lacks direction and commitment.
Unprofessional conduct of leadership team.

Stay away if you are looking for job security and professional work place.
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Watch out for wolves in sheep's clothing!
Such a disappointment for an organization that ultimately is trying to save the planet. I would not recommend working for this organization unless you are fresh out of university and looking for a summer job. They let me go during my probationary period with no explanation whatsoever. Unprofessional and untrustworthy.
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Finance Department is the worst
Finance is the worst department to work for. STAY FAAR FAR FAR away especially from Finance. Some of the worst individuals ever starting with upper management. Senior managers are bullies. You will feel attacked any chance they get. Everyone that has been there long will tell you how unhappy they are, everyone has a story. Some people stick around because they want to retire and others have bills to pay. Be prepared to be overworked, never thanked, and treated like hot garbage. Also, they waste a lot of time on many meetings which the rest of the organization laughs about behind their back, so unnecessary. Everyone in the organization knows what a pile of garbage finance is and they talk about it openly during lunch. But, senior hr keeps quiet because they think senior management in finance has been there long enough + is doing a good job. Simply put: finance senior management does not care about its employees yet expects them to act like a bunch of yes men and it is all good as long as they agree to work like slaves while being treated like garbage.

However, other departments seem to have sane people. Just stay away from Finance, it is a revolving door.
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Not a good place.
You'll get a sense of satisfaction with the mission of the organization, but that vanishes pretty fast when you see what really goes on behind the scenes. They are happy to take money from some of the most environmentally destructive organizations on the planet, but somehow think they are doing good. Management are largely hacks and wash outs from the environmental movement, are friends of senior staff or are connected to money with little to no experience in the areas they are managing.. High turn over, low moral, low pay.
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Good work life/balance. Good learning opportunities. Good work environment
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Canada's leading national land conservation organization
I enjoyed planning and producing a comprehensive public relations project around the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s field internship program in Ontario. I created a project plan and work schedule with help from the Communications Manager, Ontario Region and the National Conservation Engagement Manager.

I created a field visit schedule in coordination with field interns for gathering information, photographs and video footage.


I discovered how dedicated NCC is to conservation initiatives through researching and producing stories in a variety of formats (video, photographic, written for web and print) as directed by the project plan.
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site seeing, bird watching, finding artifacts, interviewing people, getting to know people and reinvent the community
A typical day at work was collecting data from the local Surveyor, such as Government Grants, Deeds and any other land information possible. Interviewing residents of Sandy Point. Getting to know the people who lived there and how it was to live on an Island with no vehicles except for horse and buggy. Collecting information on Landownership.

There was plenty to learn. The way they lived with no electricity, They used wind chargers. They traveled to the main lands through boat and ships. There were shipwrecks and ship sinking. The community was split between religions, Catholic living Up Along and Protestants living Down Along. They interacted with each other, Involved both priest in their ceremonies and funerals. They abandoned the community around the late 60's during the installation of the train and because of lack of doctors and travel and other modern day utilities.


Management was in St. John's, NL but was always available for any questions or supplies.


Co-workers were always available to help and to supply travel to and from the community.


The hardest part of the job was learning how much the residents loved their community and having to look at their parent's homes in vandalism and ruin when they would visit their home town of Sandy Point.


The most enjoyable part of the job was meeting the people from Sandy Point. Spending time with them and learning how they managed with what they had. I remember students coming to our class from Sandy Point. How we have evolved.
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getting pictures from the residents, putting pictures together for stories surrounding the community of sandy point.
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not all residents knew if their parents owned land.
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