Natural Heritage Technician – Conservation Lands
February 3, 2020 - January 28, 2022 (35 hours/week), Contract
At this time, we are seeking to fill the position of:Natural Heritage Technician – Conservation Lands
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 Ecologist for Conservation Lands, in the Ecology and Monitoring Division, this position’s primary focus will be on providing ecology support to the management, planning and restoration of CVC’s Conservation Areas.
- Post-Secondary education in biology, ecology, geography, environmental studies, water resources or related field.
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience in field assessment protocols (e.g. Ecological Land Classification, Ontario Wetland Evaluation System, aquatic ecosystem and hydrologic sampling protocols), ecosystem and natural heritage system management, conservation land management and planning, air photo interpretation and mapping, impact analysis and mitigation techniques and management recommendations.
- Advanced knowledge of the flora, fauna and ecology of the Credit River Watershed and Southern Ontario.
- Ability to research and specialize in topical scientific issues.
- Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office and GIS applications. Experience with wildlife acoustic equipment and analysis software (e.g. Kaleidoscope) an asset.
- Strong oral and written communication skills, including the production and review of technical science-based reports.
- Able to work under challenging field conditions including inclement weather, insects, off-trail and water hazards in a safe manner.
- Able to work occasional nights and weekends for field inventories and outreach events.
- Minimum 2 years related experience.
- Additional skills required include:
- Organizational and project management skills.
- Independent thinking and action, ingenuity and creativity.
- Responsibility for accuracy, judgement and confidentiality.
- Health and safety awareness, regulations and protocols.
- First Aid and CPR training required.
- Valid Class “G” Ontario driver’s license. The successful applicant will be required to provide an MTO Ontario Driver’s Abstract.
Summary of Major TasksPerform the following tasks under direction of the Ecologist:
- Provide ecology support and recommendations to guide the protection, management and restoration of CVC’s conservation areas.
- Participate in site visits, review development and restoration proposals, and provide recommendations for activities proposed on Conservation Authority lands.
- Conduct site visits, biological and ecological inventories and assessments, data entry and review, compile data on existing natural heritage information, help analyze and report on natural heritage information.
- Conduct specialized field inventories for wildlife and rare species, such as frog call, bat acoustic, turtle nesting, breeding bird, and rare vegetation surveys when required.
- Contribute to the writing of conservation area management plans, natural heritage characterization reports, impact assessments, memos and land securement and funding applications.
- Respond to ecological and biological inquiries on CVC properties (e.g. hazard trees, species at risk, restoration or research proposals, trail issues) or other related duties as required.
- Provide support to ecohydrology related projects (particularly associated with wetlands and streams).
- Contribute to the writing of an Ecological Trail Guidelines document to guide management of new and existing trails on CVC lands.
- Support scientific research and tool development related to conservation areas.
- Maintain field equipment.
Salary starting at: $60, 230
Forward resume by December 15th, 2019 to:
Please quote "Natural Heritage Technician – Conservation Lands" 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.