22-10: Technician, Watershed Monitoring

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 Acting Senior Coordinator, Watershed Monitoring, this position will lead the collection, summary, and management of forest and wetland vegetation data for CVC’s Integrated Watershed Monitoring Program (IWMP). In addition, the successful candidate will assist with data collection, management, compilation, analysis, and reporting of related abiotic and biotic monitoring data.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science, specializing in ecology, zoology, forestry, environmental science, or a related subject; a Master of Science would be an asset; equivalent experience may be considered.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience related to major tasks.
  • Excellent vascular plant identification skills including trees, shrubs, forbs, grasses and sedges.
  • Experience with and/or knowledge of standardized vegetation sampling protocols.
  • Extensive field work experience and required ability to work under adverse environmental conditions (e.g. biting insects, heat, rain, etc.).
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a team environment, with strong organizational and communication (oral and written) skills.
  • Proven technical writing skills (examples will be required if an interview is granted), with experience using Microsoft Office Suite Software (Word, Excel, Access).
  • Demonstrated experience and strong interest with data entry and other components of information management.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of data summarization skills; knowledge of statistical analysis principles, techniques and software packages (e.g. ‘R’, PC-ORD, STATISTICA) is an asset.
  • Certified arborist designation, or ability to obtain designation, an asset.
  • Familiarity with southern Ontario Ecological Land Classification (ELC) and the Ontario Wetland Evaluation System (OWES) an asset.
  • Valid Ontario Class “G” driver’s license.
  • Successful candidate will provide a current MTO driver’s abstract.
  • Certification in First Aid is considered an asset.

Summary of Major Tasks

Field Data Collection

  • Conduct field work for approximately 5 months using standardized methodologies, leading the collection of forest and wetland vegetation and tree health surveys as well as contributing to restoration monitoring and other special projects.
  • Support other components of the monitoring program where necessary (e.g. fish, water quality, benthos).
  • Conduct pre-monitoring activities such as equipment preparation and maintenance, scheduling, and other logistics.

Information Management

  • Lead and conduct data entry and quality control of vegetation and tree health monitoring data.
  • Maintain and organize physical and electronic data sheets and associated files.

Data Reporting and Analysis

  • Lead summarization of forest and wetland vegetation and tree health monitoring data.
  • Prepare sections of annual reports, monitoring protocols and other documents as needed.
  • Research and share information (i.e. report or presentation) on monitoring protocols and topics relevant to the ecology of forest and wetland communities; adjust style based on audience.
  • Support or contribute to more complex statistical analysis and reporting as required.

Other duties as assigned by the Acting Senior Coordinator, Watershed Monitoring

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