22-71: Natural Heritage Technician – Conservation Lands

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 Ecologist for Conservation Lands, in the Ecology and Monitoring Division, this position’s primary focus will be on providing ecology support to the management, planning and restoration of CVC’s Conservation Areas.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Post-Secondary education in biology, ecology, geography, environmental studies, water resources or related field
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in field assessment protocols (e.g., Ecological Land Classification, Ontario Wetland Evaluation System protocols), ecosystem and natural heritage system management, conservation land management and planning, environmental impact analysis, mitigation techniques and management recommendations, air photo interpretation and mapping
  • Advanced knowledge of the flora, fauna and ecology of the Credit River Watershed and Southern Ontario
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with trail planning in sensitive areas is an asset
  • Ability to research and specialize in topical scientific issues
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office and GIS applications. Experience with wildlife acoustic equipment and analysis software (e.g., Kaleidoscope) is an asset
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including the production and review of technical science-based reports
  • Able to work under challenging field conditions including inclement weather, insects, off-trail and water hazards in a safe manner
  • Able to work occasional nights and weekends for field inventories and outreach events
  • Minimum 2 years related experience
  • Additional skills required include:
    • Organizational and project management skills
    • Independent thinking and action, ingenuity and creativity
    • Responsibility for accuracy, judgement and confidentiality
    • Health and safety awareness, regulations and protocols
  • First Aid and CPR training are required
  • Valid Class “G” Ontario driver’s license. The successful applicant will be required to provide an MTO Ontario Driver’s Abstract

Summary of Major Tasks

  • Provide ecology support and recommendations to guide the protection, management, and restoration of CVC’s conservation areas
  • Participate in site visits, review development and restoration proposals, and provide recommendations for activities proposed on Conservation Authority lands
  • Conduct biological and ecological inventories and assessments, data entry and review, compile data on existing natural heritage information, help analyze and report on natural heritage information
  • Conduct specialized field inventories for wildlife and rare species, such as frog call, bat acoustic, turtle nesting, breeding bird and rare vegetation surveys when required
  • Contribute to the writing of conservation area management plans, natural heritage characterization reports, impact assessments, memos and land securement applications
  • Respond to ecological and biological inquiries on CVC properties (e.g., hazard trees, species at risk, restoration or research proposals, trail issues) or other related duties as required
  • Contribute to the writing of an Ecological Trail Guidelines document to guide the management of new and existing trails on CVC lands
  • Support scientific research and tool development related to conservation areas
  • Maintain field equipment

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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