GBEAR is a proud partner of the Pacific Wild Alliance’s Supporting Emerging Aboriginal Stewards (SEAS) Internship Program, giving First Nations youth a real taste of working in conservation. Interns from the Community Initiative arrive with a good grounding in the ecology of the Great Bear Rainforest, and leave as junior field techs!
Interns work on the Great Bear Sea Hydrophone Network and Great Bear LIVE, where they gain hands-on experience with state-of-the-art non-invasive wildlife monitoring technology and a collaborative community-based research program. The interns’ work serves their community by building capacity in wildlife and marine mammal monitoring and providing data that will lead to the designation of critical habitat for threatened wildlife.
Over the course of the summer, SEAS interns develop their technical skills, knowledge of wildlife behaviour and understanding of wildlife conservation issues, helping to prepare them for further education or employment in conservation, resource management, wildlife research and ecotourism.
Interns assist with installation and operation of our remote camera and hydrophone systems and the alternative energy systems used to power them. They develop remote field skills while working with our team of experienced mariners, field technicians and scientists. They monitor and review incoming video and audio from cameras and hydrophones, maintain data logs and help out with in-school activities and local public events that Pacific Wild participates in, such as World Oceans Day.
Whale and Sail Training
The SEAS Sail Training Program is for youth from First Nations communities on the north and central coast of B.C. The program helps to connect youth with the outdoors and with each other, and build capacity and skill sets so that they can participate in marine-based pursuits and employment.
Youth in the program spend a week aboard a chartered sailboat, together with an experienced crew of instructors and naturalists. The interns practice a variety of skills including sailing, navigation, small boat handling, safety, rope work, knot work, and chart work. The expedition also incorporates natural history lessons, teambuilding activities, daily hikes, and exposure to various marine-based careers.