22-21b: Assistant, Invasive Species Management

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’re members of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) pension fund. We find time to have fun and celebrate successes. You’ll know your co-workers by name and will make fast friends. You’ll like being at work.

Summary of Functions

CVC has a strong history of working with landowners and other partners to further the conservation and restoration of the Credit River Watershed. Through the support of our watershed municipalities and others we are able to offer a wide and growing range of stewardship services to our rural and urban communities. You can be part of this dynamic and committed team as part of our Terrestrial Restoration and Management Program.

This position is responsible for assisting the Invasive Species program with invasive species mapping, monitoring, and removal work on private and public lands. Responsibilities also include the collection of field inventory, monitoring data, and taking part in community outreach and education events. The position will be based out of the Warwick CVC Nursery and Workshop, 15526 Heart Lake Road, Caledon.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Post-secondary studies in Botany, Forestry, Horticulture, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science or Biology is preferred
  • Knowledge of the issues and impacts of invasive species on natural systems within Ontario
  • Outdoor work experience necessary. Ability to work under inclement conditions (i.e.: bugs and weather)
  • Experience with the safe operation of farm and landscape equipment, or chainsaw an asset
  • Experience in the collection of field data
  • Excellent tree, shrub and plant identification skills
  • Forestry Exterminator License or Pesticide Technician Certification an asset
  • Experience with tree/shrub planting as well as plant nursery related maintenance an asset.
  • Strong computer skills including MS Word, Excel, and Access database entry
  • Access to reliable transportation and a valid class “G” Ontario Driver’s License required. The successful applicant will be required to provide a MTO Driver’s Abstract.
  • All candidates should be prepared for outdoor work away from amenities on a daily basis

Summary of Major Tasks

  • Working as part of a team assisting in the management, mapping and monitoring of invasive species in various natural environments on public and private lands
  • Safe operation of mechanical equipment including: farm tractors, weed trimmer, ATV, water pumps, loading trailers, brush chipper, brush saw, and chainsaw (if licenced)
  • Collecting invasive plant management data to update CVC management plans
  • Collecting performance monitoring data on previous restoration and invasive species projects.
  • Assisting with site preparation of planting sites.
  • Assisting with planting potted nursery stock
  • Assisting with nursery related plant maintenance
  • Field identification of flora and fauna (native and invasive)
  • The control of invasive species through the application of chemical, mechanical and biological control methods
  • Assist with organization and staging of volunteer workdays and events
  • Assist with the organization of data collection records and entry of data into MS Access database
  • Conducting work in a safe manner, ensuring that all CVC health and safety policies and procedures are adhered to at all times
  • Other duties as assigned
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