22-30: Natural Heritage, Assistant

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

Assist with field work and data collection for the Natural Heritage Management program under the direction of Ecologists, Specialists and Technicians. This position is responsible for ensuring that data is collected and recorded efficiently, accurately and safely.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Student or graduate of programs related to biology, ecology, botany, forestry, zoology, fish and wildlife, environmental science, natural resource management or a related field.
  • Experience conducting field work with the ability to work under inclement conditions (i.e. bugs, weather, wetlands, early mornings/late evenings, etc.)
  • Familiarity with the flora fauna of the Credit River Watershed and Southern Ontario.
  • Familiarity with field inventory protocols including the Ontario Wetland Evaluation System (OWES) and Ecological Land Classification for Southern Ontario (ELC) an asset
  • Experience with data collection, data entry and QA/QC
  • Experience using MS Access and GIS software (ArcGIS) is an asset
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Valid Class “G” Ontario driver’s license. The successful applicant will need to provide a MTO Driver’s Abstract
  • Knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act an asset
  • First Aid certificate an asset

Summary of Major Tasks

  • Assist with biological/ecological field work in both urban and remote areas, potentially on difficult terrain and under inclement conditions
  • Field work includes:
    • Surveys applying the Ecological Land Classification for Southern Ontario and/or the Ontario Wetland Evaluation System
    • Flora and fauna inventories
    • Condition assessments of municipal natural asset
    • Natural heritage assessments for restoration project
    • Natural heritage assessments of conservation areas
    • Fish and aquatic sampling
    • Breeding bird surveys
  • Site orientation using orthophotos and GPS units
  • Conduct field work planning activities including the compilation of background material, preparation of maps and field equipment
  • Accurate recording of field data
  • Compile, maintain and manage field data and other project data in a timely and accurate manner
  • Entry of data into MS Access database
  • Ensure that data collection is carried out efficiently and according to protocol
  • Follow health and safety procedures
  • Other duties as assigned

Vaccine Policy

New employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as defined by the Ministry of Health as a condition of employment and must have satisfied the full post vaccination period required to ensure vaccination efficacy. The requirement to be fully vaccinated is subject to the Ontario Human Rights Code.  If you are not fully vaccinated, a documented medical reason provided by a physician or registered nurse and time period for the medical reason may be accepted.

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