Marine Debris Research Assistant


Application deadline: May 20th, 2021


State date: May 31, 2021

  • Worksite: Remote (home or public space), in the field (shorelines throughout Eastern Cape Breton)

  • Salary: $12.95/hourly for 35 hours per week

  • Length: 8 weeks

  • Language: English

  • Terms of employment: Seasonal, Full Time 

  • Education: Preferred post-secondary education in environmental sciences, oceanography, marine management, or related field (will consider work experience) 

  • Applicants must be age 15 to 35

  • Applicants must have their own transportation

  • Preference will be given to applicants who have sound knowledge of the lobster fishing industry including the various gear types and federal regulations. Familiarity with shorelines throughout Eastern Cape Breton will also be considered an asset. 


Cape Breton Environmental Association (CBEA) is a community-based not for profit organization, founded in 2017. Its original mission was to help curb Cape Breton's ongoing going illegal dumping issue but has since grown into a diverse organization that offers environmental awareness through education and participation. Since it's establishment CBEA has been responsible for a variety of community-based environmental initiatives all made possible by passionate volunteers. 

Since 2018 we have been developing a marine debris program which includes research, outreach and removal. This program is aimed at better understanding the scope of the problem in Cape Breton while educating the public and industry about the impacts associated with abandoned, lost, and discarded fishing gear and other forms of marine debris. While developing partnerships and solutions to tackle these issues in a constructive way. To date we have completed 30 shoreline cleanups in Cape Breton, removing 411 lobster traps and thousands of pounds of fishing rope and other forms of marine debris. 


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Key Responsibilities

The successful candidate will assist CBEA with marine debris research, outreach and removal with a primary focus on abandoned, lost, and discarded fishing gear in Eastern Cape Breton. The ideal candidate should be able to work well on their own and have a basic understanding about marine debris in particular ALDFG and its impacts on the marine environment.


  • Perform marine debris surveys and write a final report

  • Help develop methods to determine hotspots for ALDFG

  • Help coordinate and facilitate removal of ALDFG from shorelines

  • Explore ways to reuse and recycle end of life fishing gear in Cape Breton

  • Assist with other CBEA activities, events when needed.

Skills that the youth will gain include (but are not limited to):

  • Leadership

  • Communication

  • Teamwork

  • multitasking/time management

  • Report writing

  • Data collection 

  • Marine conservation

How to Apply

Please email with your resume and cover letter describing why you would be a great fit for this position.