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
The selected candidate will help with the implementation of projects that further CVC’s objectives in the areas of building urban sustainability and resilience, adapting to and mitigating climate change, and reconnecting communities with nature. This is an exciting opportunity for hands-on learning about sustainable landscaping practices in the urban environment through CVC’s Your Green Yard and Greening Corporate Grounds programs.
The position helps with implementation of sustainable landscaping, habitat creation and other stewardship projects; site monitoring and maintenance; residential plantings, and program administration.
- This position may be partially funded by Canada Summer Jobs, a Government of Canada program which funds youth job opportunities. In this case, a criterion for eligibility is that the successful youth candidate be between the ages of 15 and 30. Preferably enrolled in or completed a college/university diploma or degree in environmental studies/science, ecological restoration, ecological landscaping or related field
- Experience in landscaping/tree planting/forestry/ecology/conservation/environmental sustainability project implementation
- Excellent customer service
- Excellent written communication skills
- Physically able to dig, plant and maintain small to medium plant stock and undertake light construction
- Some knowledge of native plant identification
- Able to engage with the public and communicate respectfully and inclusively with diverse stakeholders
- Standard PC skills (word processing, spreadsheets, databases)
- Strong organizational skills
- Basic photography skills
- Familiarity with sustainable landscaping best practices
- Able to work some weekends and evenings
- A valid Class ‘G’ Ontario driver’s license and access to a vehicle for site visits
- Comfortable driving a large van or cube van
- GIS experience/familiarity
- Soil sampling and classification skills
Summary of Major Tasks
- Assist with site preparation, terrestrial plantings and habitat creation
- Maintain and monitor sustainable landscape projects, e.g., demonstration gardens
- Support coordination, organizing and tracking of planting and outreach events (if COVID-19 restrictions allow)
- Assist with sustainable landscaping project research, writing, planning and delivery.
- Assist with set-up, tear-down, public engagement and hands-on activities at events (as COVID-19 restrictions allow) or online webinars
- Assist with project monitoring, documenting, tracking and reporting
- Follow appropriate health and safety protocols and procedures
- Other duties as assigned
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.