22-33: Technician 2, Natural Heritage

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

This position will lead tree and forest inventories and assessments to support the management of green infrastructure in the Region of Peel. This position is responsible for ensuring that data is collected efficiently, safely and effectively, recording data accurately, managing time and resources efficiently, maintaining equipment, and ensuring safety in the field.

Eligibility Requirements

Education

  • Completion of a post-secondary program such as, forestry, biology, ecology, botany, environmental science, natural resource management or related field
  • Knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act an asset
  • Book 7 Traffic safety training an asset
  • First Aid certificate an asset

Experience

  • Twelve months experience in conducting (or supporting) biological or ecological inventories and assessments, data entry, quality assurance and control, data analysis, basic technical and non-technical report writing, and applied research and literature surveys

Knowledge, Skills and Ability

  • Working field experience with terrestrial or aquatic field inventory and monitoring protocols
  • Familiarity with the flora and ecology of the Credit River Watershed and Southern Ontario
  • Ability to work under inclement conditions (e.g. bugs, weather, and wetlands), early mornings and/or late evenings, off trail and using boats, canoes or kayaks as appropriate
  • Excellent time management, organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Independent thinking and action, ingenuity and creativity
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in groups as well as independently
  • Good working knowledge of word-processing, data base management/design and other office computer software including basic GIS applications, Google Earth, Survery123, and/or ArcCollector
  • Ability to publicly represent CVC and our partners in a professional manner
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Effective problem-solving skills and leadership skills
  • Valid Class “G” Ontario driver’s license

Summary of Major Tasks

Conducting biological/ecological field work and data collection, and leading an Assistant

  • Conducting inventories and assessments of forests and urban street trees to support the management of green infrastructure owned by the Region of Peel
  • Working in both urban and remote areas, on difficult terrain, under inclement conditions (e.g. bugs, weather, and wetlands), early mornings and/or late evenings, using boats, canoes or kayaks
  • Ensure that all equipment and materials such as wedge prism, calipers, GPS units, field maps are present at site visits
  • Plan daily and weekly site visitation schedule and navigate efficiently to sites
  • Use orthophotos to collect data on forests and street trees
  • Maintain good communication with the field assistant, Natural Heritage Technician 1 and Ecologist
  • Ensure health and safety measures are carried out
  • May be asked to provide support to conducting ELC inventories, Wetland Evaluations, Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol, fish and wildlife inventories, assessments and monitoring, site assessments

Conduct data entry, quality assurance and control

  • Entry of field data in the field on a tablet into ERSI ArcGIS Survey123
  • Conduct data quality assurance and control checks
  • Compile, maintain and manage field data and other project data in a timely and accurate manner
  • Ensure that data collection is carried out efficiently and according to protocol
  • Lead and carry out data collection on trees (species, DBH, condition, etc.), and/or forest patches

Assist with data analysis, basic reporting, and tool development

  • Assist with the creation and review of technical guidance documents, fact sheets, memos and protocols for technical and public audiences
  • Querying natural heritage databases and GIS to assess species/community abundance and distribution

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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