Pauline Browes Fellowship

Established in 2019, the Pauline Browes Future Leaders Fellowship develops the next generation of environmental leaders who will build on her conservation legacy. Fellows learn and participate in the protection and restoration of Rouge National Urban Park as part of Parks Canada’s prestigious Resource Conservation team over the course of a summer.  The Fellowship is awarded to the candidate that demonstrates a strong commitment to the environment and a passion for making a difference in their community.

The Board of Directors for the Waterfront Regeneration Trust (WRT) created the fellowship to recognize the tremendous contribution Pauline has made to protect and restore the Rouge Valley, and ultimately see it designated as Canada’s first national urban park. She has dedicated nearly four decades, first as a Member of Parliament and then as a community leader and advocate, to secure resources and consensus to make sure the Rouge Valley was recognized as a national treasure. Pauline is also a founding member of Waterfront Regeneration Trust Board.

Goals

The Pauline Browes Fellowship in partnership with Parks Canada helps to develop the next generation of conservation leaders to protect and steward the natural heritage of the Rouge Valley.

The program is designed to give young leaders an opportunity to work directly in Rouge National Urban Park and with conservation leaders in Parks Canada over the course of a summer to:

  • build an understanding of the unique challenges involved in protecting and restoring an urban river valley as part of the national parks system and
  • inspire a life-long appreciation for the natural heritage of the Rouge Valley.

Award

  • Summer employment with Parks Canada at the Rouge National Urban Park
  • $1,500 financial bonus from the WRT at the successful completion of the work term
  • Mentorship with Parks Canada’s Rouge National Urban Park staff
  • The successful candidate will present about their experience to the Waterfront Regeneration Trust board of directors at the end of their summer employment
  • The successful candidate will also write a blog (600 to 800 words) and produce a short video (1 minute) about their experience for possible publication through Parks Canada and WRT social media channels.

Selection Eligibility and Criteria

To be eligible, candidates must be:

  • Eligible to hold a Parks Canada student employment position;
  • Pursuing a degree from an accredited post-secondary institution with specialization in environmental and/or natural sciences (e.g. biology, ecology, geology) or another discipline relevant to the position;
  • Either a new or returning student;
  • Dedicated to environmental conservation;
  • An excellent communicator; and
  • Able to demonstrate their community or environmental conservation leadership abilities.

Selection Process

  • Each year, Parks Canada will select eligible candidates through its competitive hiring process.
  • Students who are rehired, or newly hired, as members of the Resource Conservation Field Crew will be considered candidates for the Pauline Browes Fellowship.
  • During the hiring process, candidates will be offered the opportunity to express their interest for this fellowship by completing a brief essay, or another project, assigned by Parks Canada and the Waterfront Regeneration Trust Board of Directors.
  • The annual assignment will give candidates the opportunity to demonstrate characteristics exemplified by Pauline Browes: dedication to environmental conservation, excellent communication, or leadership.
  • The successful candidate will be selected based on the assessment of the annual assignment.
  • The successful candidate will be a member of the Rouge National Urban Park Resource Conservation Field Crew. The majority of their day-to-day work activities will align with the responsibilities of the Field Crew. Approximately 5% of their time will be committed to attending the WRT board meeting and preparing their presentation for the WRT board meeting.

Apply

  • Applications for a summer position with the Resource Conservation Field Crew with Parks Canada-Rouge National Urban Park open on-line in December and close in January.
  • The position will be posted at www.canada.ca/gcjobs.
  • The specific url will be provided here in December once the link goes live.