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 Terrestrial Restoration and Management Coordinator, this position is responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of invasive species monitoring and management projects related to the delivery of CVC’s Invasive Species Program including mitigation measures related to Emerald Ash Borer. This position is based out of the Warwick Conservation Centre in Caledon.
- Post-secondary education specializing in botany, biology, ecology, environmental science, or natural resource management
- Pesticide Applicators License with Landscape, Forestry or Aquatic certifications an asset
- Chainsaw certification and operating experience an asset
- 1-2 years of relevant work experience in ecological field work and restoration
- Field work experience during inclement conditions (i.e. bugs, weather)
- Experience with supervising seasonal staff and volunteers
- Experience and knowledge of the issues and impacts of invasive species on natural systems
- Experience and knowledge of the ecology and control of invasive species
- Experience conducting restoration work including tree and herbaceous plantings, seeding, and ongoing monitoring
- Experience with data entry and preparation of draft reports
- Proven experience with the safe hauling, loading and unloading of trucks and trailers
- Proven experience with the safe operation of farm implements, mechanical reforestation planters, tank sprayers, pesticide application, ATV’s and landscape maintenance equipment
Knowledge, Skills and Ability
- A background and understanding of the principles of ecology and natural resource management in Ontario
- Knowledge of restoration effectiveness monitoring sampling methodologies
- Proficiency with native plant species identification, including knowledge of non-native invasive species and forest pests and diseases
- Ability to work well independently, to take a leadership role when necessary, and to think creatively in tackling obstacles and developing solutions
- Proven research, analytic and report writing skills
- Strong presentation and communication skills
- Strong computer skills including MS Word, Access, Excel, and PowerPoint
- Valid Ontario Class “G” driver’s license in good standing. The successful applicant will be required to provide a MTO Driver’s Abstract
Summary of Major Tasks
Habitat Restoration & Management Projects
- Under supervision of the Coordinator, Terrestrial Restoration and Management, assist with leading the crew to implement habitat management and restoration projects on CVC, private, and public properties
- Assist with supervision of seasonal staff. This includes hiring, training and evaluating new employees to complete all assigned duties
- Ensure a safe working environment around the facility and in the field including following and ensuring staff follow health and safety procedures including the safe use of equipment and ensuring invasive species management tasks are carried out in a professional and timely manner
- Remove or control invasive species with various methods (chemical, mechanical, and biological) following provincial and federal legislation standards
- Conduct TreeAzin injections to ash trees at conservation areas
- Operation of mechanical equipment including farm tractors, chainsaws, brush saws, ATV, water pumps, loading large trailers
- Use basic construction techniques to plant trees and herbaceous plants and build habitat structures
- QA/QC, compile and analyze field data and enter into appropriate databases
- Prepare draft reports
- Assist with and provide support for managing project and program budgets
- Conduct background research, review literature and technical studies to ensure leading edge techniques and state of the art practices related to habitat management and restoration are applied
- Support the development and update of strategic documents and technical reports. This includes writing, attending and coordinating meetings, and liaising with consultants
Monitoring & Inventory
- Conduct biological site assessments and inventories to support restoration project design and implementation
- Conduct restoration performance monitoring activities according to established protocols and procedures including grasslands, invasive species management, and habitat structures
Education and Outreach
- In partnership with other CVC departments, provide technical knowledge to support volunteers, NGO’s and other CVC departments to implement restoration projects
- Communicate with other CVC staff, landowners, members of the public and other agencies about restoration programs
- Support workshops in aid of program goals for both internal staff and external partners and volunteers
- Attend key conferences, deliver presentations, and man booths/displays at relevant events as required
- Provide excellent customer service
Other duties and projects as appropriate to the position.
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.