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Programme: Canada's New Noah
Type: full scholarship includes travel, living and training expenses
Organization: Wildlife Preservation Canada
Location: Canada/Jersey and Mauritius, for a young Canadian scientist

Wildlife Preservation Canada’s mission is to save animal species at risk from extinction in Canada.

We do this by:

  • performing hands-on work with species requiring direct intervention to recover, and
  • providing opportunities for Canadian conservation scientists to grow their expertise in working with wildlife species at risk while adding to the overall body of knowledge on the subject.

Since 1988, Wildlife Preservation Canada has selected one graduate student from across Canada to become our next Canada’s New Noah. The full scholarship includes travel, living and training expenses to enable the New Noah to participate in the Durrell Post-Graduate Diploma in Endangered Species Recovery. This specialized training program is designed to provide New Noahs with the field experience and species and human resource management skills needed to effectively run wildlife conservation projects. Based exclusively on the island of Mauritius (Indian Ocean) the course will run March to October, 2019 and consist of four weeks of intensive theory and more than 12 weeks of practical experience with species and habitat recovery teams saving species on Mauritius and its offshore islands.

Topics included in the course include:

  • Small population biology and applied genetics
  • Population monitoring techniques
  • Endangered species recovery techniques
  • Invasive species management
  • GIS skills
  • Conservation planning
  • Project management and leadership
  • Community-based conservation and education
  • Social research skills

Structure of the Canada's New Noahs Program

The diploma program takes place on the island of Mauritius, once the home of the ill-fated Dodo.

Here, work is being conducted on some of the zoological world's most ambitious species recovery programs. The course features intensive taught modules interspersed with extended periods of time alongside field teams, day-long workshops and personal study and research. You will be encouraged to develop pilot research projects on a topic of relevance to wildlife conservation, and will receive coaching on writing manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals. With the field teams you will learn a wide variety of practical skills ranging from animal handling, supplementary feeding techniques, tree climbing, nest monitoring, rare plant germination techniques and measuring reptiles, among others.

Application and Selection

Applications consist of:

  1. Completed Application Form (
  2. Your CV
  3. Three reference letters (see Instructions for Referees, All referees should be academic (instructors, supervisors) or employers.
  4. $15 application fee, made payable to Wildlife Preservation Canada

All applications must be submitted as a single electronic file (Word or pdf) and emailed to by November 30, 2018. Application fee can be sent to the address below. No handwritten applications will be accepted. Electronic submissions only will be accepted.

References may be emailed directly from the referee or by the applicant. Electronic submissions only will be accepted.

Wildlife Preservation Canada
5420 Highway 6 North, Guelph, ON N1H 6J2
Tel: (519) 836-9314

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee including Wildlife Preservation Canada’s Conservation Director, Jessica Steiner and scientific advisor and board President Dr. Bridget Stutchbury (Professor of Biology, York University). A short-list of six candidates will be selected for interviews. Successful applicants only will be notified in December, 2019.

What does it take to become one of Canada's New Noahs?

  • Canadian Citizen
  • Completion of biology, zoology, veterinary or related studies at the post-secondary level
  • A passionate interest and previous experience in wildlife conservation
  • Previous practical experience with animals in a zoological, research and/or field environment, particularly with species at risk
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct field work in remote and rustic conditions
  • Ability to work closely with others as part of a team
  • Ability to work independently when necessary with a minimum of direction
  • Ability to be flexible and open-minded, and a willingness to try one's hand at almost anything ranging from the dirty and mundane to the prestige jobs
  • Ability to laugh at oneself, even while struggling to save the world
  • Excellent health and a love of hiking and the outdoors
  • Good communication skills
  • Fluency in French an advantage, but not a requirement

Accommodation and Expenses

The New Noah's travel, living and training expenses will be covered by Wildlife Preservation

Canada. While in Mauritius the New Noah may share a house with staff and other field workers in Black River, other houses in different parts of the island, and/or the field camps maintained in the forest for those working on pigeons, parakeets and passerines. Transport on Mauritius is by four-wheel vehicles, trail bikes, bicycles and on foot.

Training Period Dates

The New Noah will depart for Mauritius in late March of 2019 to participate in the diploma course from March 2019 to October 2019. There may be an option for extending your stay in Mauritius to include a two-month placement with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. This will depend on availability of positions within the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation and completion of a successful interview with them. Similarly, an internship placement working in Canada with endangered species, may be available upon the return from Mauritius.


Find out more and download the application instructions for 

Canada's New Noah

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date publiée : Sep 26 2018    Numéro : 48536