Conference 2017 – Expedition Cruising

AH18 October 16, 2017

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Creating Ambassadors: Expedition Cruising Helps Secure the Future of Sable Island” Allow us to introduce Cedar Swan, an adventurer and passionate outdoor enthusiast. The CEO of Adventure Canada—as well as an expedition planner…

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Conference 2017 – Seeking Sable’s Lost Wrecks:

AH18 October 15, 2017

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Seeking Sable’s Lost Wrecks: Following a Digital Paper Trail” With some 350 ships thought to have wrecked on Sable Island, it’s sometimes called “The Graveyard of the Atlantic”. At our conference, Bill…

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Conference 2017 – Marine Debris and Micro Plastics

AH18 October 14, 2017

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Atlantic Canada Microplastics Research Project” Marine debris and micro plastics. Unpleasant for sure, but what does the research tell us? Ariel Smith, MEnv, is the Marine Debris Project Coordinator at Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation…

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Conference 2017 – Sable Island Horse Research

AH18 October 13, 2017

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Population Ecology of the Sable Island Horses”  Sable Island’s most famous inhabitants are its horses. And here’s the man who may understand them the best.Philip D. McLoughlin is an Associate Professor…

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Summer Student Job Posting – Archives Transcriber and Story-Teller


Are you a student with an interest in history who loves to unearth and share stories based on real-life and lives? We’re looking for you!

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Position Details: 35 hours/week, June 19 – August 25, 2017

Number of Jobs: 1 position available

Wage: $10.85/hour

Position Details:

The student will prepare and proof transcripts of letters and journals kept at the Nova Scotia Archives in both microfilm and their original format. These documents are not accessible to the general public because of their fragile condition. Transcribing them will preserve these pieces of our cultural and environmental history and make them available to researchers and other interested persons. The student will also extract stories from the journals that can be shared on our website and through social media.

The student will work independently in the Nova Scotia Archives and be supervised by a volunteer board member of Friends of Sable Island. The Nova Scotia Archives is a provincially run institution that is fully accessible to persons with disabilities.

Position Requirements:

  • Genuine interest in history
  • Self-starter who is comfortable taking steps to remove obstacles before seeking assistance
  • Ability to work independently
  • Well organized and comfortable setting daily and weekly work goals
  • Proficiency with the English language (reading and writing)
  • Ability to read/interpret cursive writing
  • Provide own access to a computer and internet for recording transcription in digital format and for sharing stories on our website and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter
  • Between the ages of 15 and 30 years of age on June 19, 2017
  • Registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year
  • Intends to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year
  • Student in a secondary, post-secondary, vocational or technical program
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations
  • Not immediate family of a member of the Board of Directors for Friends of Sable Island

Position Assets:

  • Currently studying history and archeology and/or museum studies, or journalism
  • Investigative thinker – one who loves digging into the backstories about history
  • Enjoy writing stories to share with others
  • Knowledge of social media

To Apply:

Please email a resume and cover letter (preferably merged into one file) to by 11:59 pm on Monday, June 12, 2017. Please quote “Summer Student Position” in the subject and body of all communications. Candidates selected for interviews will be asked to bring contact information for at least two references to their interview. Please note that only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted (no later than Thursday, June 15, 2017).