About CVC

Technician 2, Restoration


At this time, we are seeking to fill the position of:Technician 2, Restoration

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

This position is responsible for assisting in the implementation and supervision of ecosystem restoration projects, collecting data for both terrestrial, aquatic and wetland effectiveness monitoring and entering and compiling data in databases or reports. The position will rotate on an annual basis between Credit Valley Conservation and Toronto and Region Conservation on Secondment working at the Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area where the position will start.

Eligibility Requirements

  • College or University degree specializing in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Geography or Fish & Wildlife Management, Forestry, Horticulture or Natural Resource Management
  • Drivers’ License and Pleasure Craft Operators Card
  • Vulnerable Sectors screening
  • Minimum 1-2 years of experience related to the major tasks
  • Experience with supervising seasonal staff
  • Experience with the interpretation of planting plans
Knowledge, Skills and Ability
  • Good knowledge of Natural Heritage, Aquatic Sciences and Stewardship services
  • Good knowledge of fisheries, stream function and fluvial geomorphology
  • Working knowledge in data collection and basic restoration techniques such as planting, bioengineering, habitat surveys and construction of habitat structures
  • Knowledge of GIS, MS Word, Access and Excel and Temperature Recorders
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Good organizational skills in coordinating study input and project management
  • Proven experience with the safe operation of chainsaws, farm tractors, farm implements, tank sprayers, pesticide application, ATV’s and landscape maintenance equipment
  • Proven experience with the safe hauling, loading and unloading of trucks and trailers
  • Proficiency with native plant identification, including knowledge of non-native invasive species and forest pests and diseases
  • Knowledge of restoration effectiveness monitoring sampling methodologies
  • Experience with collecting inventory data
  • Forestry Exterminator license is an asset
  • Chainsaw certification is an asset

Summary of Major Tasks

JimTovey Lakeview Conservation Area
  • Assist the site supervisor by action as on-site coordinator, heads, directs and trains work crews and various contractors in construction and maintenance projects as well as ensuring health and safety compliance
  • Assist with and prepares Daily Work Reports and Hazard Assessment forms as required
  • Prepare reports; schedule maintenance; schedule equipment and labor needs
  • Assist with obtaining quotes and purchasing materials
  • Operate and maintain trucks, trailers and other motorized equipment to carry out various construction and maintenance projects
  • Attend meetings as directed
  • Assist with site layout as required; provides direction to junior staff and assists with laser level operation, shooting site grades and ensuring survey deliverables are adhered to
  • Interpret design drawings and adhere to design specifications as required
  • Install and maintain various sediment and erosion control products such as silt soxxs, straw mats, non-woven geotextiles
  • Assist with the installation of products such as armor stone, vegetative rip rap, buttress, mechanically stabilized earth walls,
  • Install and maintain coffer dams and pumping systems to establish dry working area.
Project Implementation
  • Assist with the supervision of casual staff and the implementation of both tree planting and  wetland and stream restoration projects in various natural environments on public and private lands
  • Assist with the implementation of restoration projects on private and public lands. This includes stock delivery, organization and layout of plants, installing plant material, watering, quality control and occasionally mowing planting sites and auguring holes for potted plants
  • Provide support and assist to implement work related to the restoration of grassland habitat
  • Support the nursery as needed; duties may include but are not limited to: potting, watering, weeding, moving and general care of nursery stock
  • Operate and maintain mechanical equipment including: trucks, farm tractors, weed trimmer, chainsaws, ATV, water pumps, loading large trailers
  • Provide support to and implement work related to removal and treatment of invasive plant species
Aquatic and Wetland Restoration Monitoring/Effectiveness Monitoring on Planting Sites
  • Collect field data using scientific protocols including fish and fish habitat and aquatic wetland components
  • Employ field equipment including electrofishing, hoop nets, seine nets, temperature
  • recorders, depth and flow measurements
  • Record habitat information including stream morphology, substrate, cover, aquatic and wetland plants
  • Monitor restoration structures and techniques including further testing and developing various monitoring programs
  • Use basic construction techniques to construct stream habitat structures, plant trees and wetland vegetation
  • Provide field assistance on restoration projects as required
  • Observe and record individual plant vigour, competition intensity imposed by weeds within the planting area, damage caused by animal or machinery and other site characteristics. Address any concerns as necessary
  • Assess planting projects to determine the condition of trees and plants being measured according to established inventory protocols and procedures
  • Support the collection of forest inventory data to update CVC forest management plans as directed
Stewardship Activities
  • Work with community organizations, particularly fishing clubs for the protection and restoration of fish and wildlife including working with the public and other volunteers
  • Communicate with and educate conservation area patrons on restoration project details or updates
Data Management
  • Assist with the management of Ecosystem Restoration Groups data acquisition and data requests
  • Assist with and prepare work reports and hazard assessment forms
  • Prepares reports, schedules maintenance, schedules equipment; assists in developing including determining materials, equipment, and labour needs
  • Assists in obtaining quotes and purchasing materials
  • Compile field data and enter into appropriate databases; preparation of draft reports as directed
Other duties and projects as appropriate to the position.

Additional Information

  • Anticipated Start Date:  April 1, 2019 (35 hours/week)

Salary starting at: $49,419

Forward resume by February 17, 2019 to:

Credit Valley Conservation
Fax: (905) 670-5613 or Email: hr@cvc.ca

Please quote "Technician 2, Restoration" 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.