Ecologist, Natural Heritage Management
The Credit Valley Conservation Authority (CVC) is a partnership of the municipalities within the Credit River Watershed. We are dedicated to the conservation, protection, restoration and sustainable development of the natural resources of our watershed. Together we have a long and successful history of ensuring a clean supply of water for human and environmental needs. At this time, we are seeking to fill the position of:Ecologist, Natural Heritage Management
Summary of Functions
Who are we?
Credit Valley Conservation is one of Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities dedicated to protecting, restoring and enhancing our local natural environment. We care for the Credit River, its streams and tributaries from the headwaters in Orangeville to the shores of Lake Ontario in Mississauga. We are scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, environmentalists, stewards, planners, foresters, recreation experts and much more. We create connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. We inspire appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. We’re leaders and explorers. We are professional and we’re inspired. We know our stuff, and we work every day to make a difference.
Who are you?
You want to be part of an organization with an environmental goal. You get up every day and go to work with purpose. You accept that you may not change the world, but you’ll try to make an impact in your corner. You like to partner with skilled people across many professions. It’s as natural for you think about the outdoors as it is to think out of the box. You’re passionate, responsible and approachable. You do what’s right, not just what’s easy. You care, and it shows.
Why work for us?
We offer competitive public sector pay. We have a good employee benefits program. We’re members of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) pension fund. We have flexible work hours for many positions. We find time to have fun and celebrate successes. You’ll have free access to our parks and discounts on recreational equipment rentals. You’ll know your co-workers by name and will make fast friends. You’ll like being at work.
Summary of Functions
Reporting to the Manager, Natural Heritage Management this position’s primary focus will be on developing an ecological restoration strategy and associated guidelines, and helping to coordinate a multi-disciplinary team developing and implementing an ecohydrology program. An ideal candidate would be an ecologist with a strong understanding of ecosystem restoration principles, issues and practices and wetland hydrology.
- Post Secondary education in ecology, biology, ecohydrology, restoration ecology, geography, environmental studies, physical sciences or related field.
- Minimum 4 yrs. experience related to the primary tasks and functions of the position.
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience in ecosystem restoration, ecohydrology, natural heritage system management and planning, field assessment protocols (e.g. Ecological Land Classification), impact assessment and mitigation techniques.
- Familiarity and ability to research topics related to climate change vulnerability & adaptation, biodiversity offsetting, novel ecosystems, invasive & hyper-abundant species, assisted migration, adaptive management, ecological goods & services
- Good working knowledge of statistical data analysis.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the production and review of technical science based documents.
- Ability to research and report on topical scientific issues. The ability to qualify as an expert witness at OMB hearings or publish in peer reviewed academia is an asset.
- Supervisory experience is an asset.
- Skills required include:
- Analytical, complex problem solving and decision making skills.
- Organizational and project management skills.
- Independent thinking and action, ingenuity and creativity.
- Responsibility for accuracy, judgement and confidentiality.
- Ability to multi-task and achieve goals while managing mental stress and work pressure.
- Budget management.
- Health and safety awareness, regulations and protocols.
- Good working knowledge of word-processing, data base management and other office computer software including basic GIS applications.
- Willing and able to work in some adverse field conditions including on steep and even terrain, in watercourses and wetlands, inclement weather, insects and water hazards in a safe manner.
Summary of Major TasksPerform the following tasks under direction:
- Development of ecosystem restoration strategy and related guidelines or tools for the Credit River watershed.
- Coordinate the development an ecohydrology program and associated project staff
- Installation, maintenance, and monitoring of hydrologic equipment in wetlands, streams and adjacent lands.
- Provide ecology support to watershed restoration programs in the development of restoration tools and guidelines.
- Provide ecology support and contribute to the writing and development of strategies, plans and tools to guide the management and restoration of the Natural Heritage System of the Credit River Watershed.
- Stay up to date, lead or contribute to scientific project design and applied research and tool development.
- Conduct in field activities, data analysis, integrated site assessments and impact analyses; develop land use planning and management tools; make recommendations to resource management, program and policy implementation and information transfer.
- Work on project teams with staff from other conservation authority programs.
- Administrative tasks include work plans and scheduling, data and file management, produce science based reports and related communications, project-related budgets and health and safety.
- May be required to train, develop and supervise technicians or assistants as required.
- Develop and maintain effective relationships as a representative of CVC to external government and non-government agencies, research institutions, consultants, businesses, media and the public while ensuring privacy and confidentiality.
- Prepare and present key reports to the Lands and Natural Heritage Management Team and external contacts at workshops and conferences.
- Assist with the preparation of proposals to secure external funding opportunities.
- Anticipated Start Date: June 25, 2018 (35 hours/week)
Salary starting at: $67,928
Forward resume by May 27, 2018 to:
Please quote "Ecologist, Natural Heritage Management" on resume/letter. Resumes/letters submitted electronically must be submitted in Microsoft Word format.
We thank all applicants for their interest. However only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.
CVC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005), CVC will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If you require disability – related accommodations, please inform the Human Resources (HR) staff. All personal information is collected under the authority of the municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.