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 Program Manager, Terrestrial Restoration, coordinating the design, planning, implementation and reporting of the Invasive Species Management Program (ISMP) and Habitat Structures Program. This position also supports the Program Manager in other strategic planning and implementation for conservation area restoration, as well as providing technical advice to partners and landowners on invasive species management and habitat structures. Additional duties include coordinating priority projects including entering and compiling data in databases, mapping, writing reports, and contractor administration and management. This position will also support other ongoing Restoration and Management Division (RM) activities and projects from time to time and as needed. This position will supervise one to two full time staff as required.
Education and Certificates
- Post-secondary studies in Botany, Forestry, Biology, Environmental Science, or Natural Resource Management are preferred
- Chainsaw certification and operating experience an asset
- Pesticide Applicators License with Landscape, Forestry or Aquatic certifications an asset
- 3 – 5 years of relevant work experience in ecological field work and restoration
- Field work experience during inclement conditions (i.e. bugs, weather)
- Proven supervisory experience related to the major tasks
- Experience conducting site visits with landowners to provide technical guidance and recommendations
- 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 and knowledge of building and installing habitat structures
- Experience with data entry and preparation of draft reports
- Experience with the safe hauling, loading, and unloading of trucks and trailers
- Experience with the safe operation of chainsaws, farm tractors, 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 and experience with various restoration activities and methods
- 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 independently, to take a leadership role where necessary, and to think creatively in tackling obstacles and developing solutions
- Excellent presentation and communication skills
- Proven research, analytic and report writing skills
- Ability to network well with other organizations and develop contacts
- Strong computer skills including MS Word, Excel, Access and Arc View 3.3
- Valid Class ‘G’ Ontario driver’s license. The successful applicant will be required to provide a MTO Driver’s Abstract
Summary of Major Tasks
Supervision and Leadership
- Supervise staff and crews in the delivery of the invasive species management and habitat structure projects; including workplan creation, and addressing equipment and materials needs
- Hire, train, evaluate and supervise permanent and contract staff to complete all assigned duties
- Ensure a safe working environment around the facility and in the field through ongoing health and safety training of staff and volunteers
- Provide guidance, training, and mentorship to direct and indirect staff reports to ensure CVC values and behaviours are followed
- Supervise and hire external contractors as required
- Undertake the development and update of strategic documents and technical reports. This includes writing, reviewing, attending, and coordinating meetings, and liaising with consultants
- Undertake the development of promotional materials and workshops in support of CVC’s terrestrial restoration programs. Provide support to RM marketing efforts and programs. This includes creating presentations, content, website updates and overseeing the creation of social media content
- Coordinate the development of strategic program priorities such as formalizing a comprehensive integrated pest management framework across CVC lands to ensure all taxa of priority invasive species are being addressed where applicable
- Coordinate the development and implementation of restoration projects and programs on CVC and other private/public lands and the provision of services to both internal and external client groups related to Authority Programs, including private landowner stewardship and special projects
- Monitor invoicing (track purchases, expenses, revenues etc.) and provide budget support to Program Manager
- 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
Program Implementation and Record Management
- Work with and coordinate volunteers, NGO’s and other CVC departments to implement projects
- Ensure staff are maintaining records for restoration programs including: the completion of program ledgers, vehicle and equipment mileage sheets, casual staff timesheets, personnel attendance records, and fuel consumption
- Provide technical support to Restoration and Management Performance Monitoring Program and supervise staff in implementing monitoring efforts
- Support Program Manager in the maintenance and analysis of records required to assess program efficiency and design and implement changes to ensure program effectiveness and resource sustainability
- Support Program Manager in the development and implementation of performance measures to evaluate programs outcomes and overall effectiveness
Technical Advice and Communications
- Provide general ecology, restoration, management expertise and technical advice to internal and external client groups in support of natural areas planning and management initiatives in support of watershed studies and projects
- Prepare and deliver reports, presentations, communication and information to external groups and stakeholders as well as internal staff
- Liaise with private landowners, government representatives, and funding partners in support of client relations, partnership development and restoration initiatives
- 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.