22-75: Assistant, Habitat Restoration Naturalization

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

CVC has a strong history of working with landowners and other partners to further the conservation and restoration of the Credit River Watershed. Through the support of our watershed municipalities and others we are able to offer a wide and growing range of stewardship services to our rural and urban communities. You can be part of this dynamic and committed team as part of our Ecosystem Restoration and Stewardship Program.

This position is primarily responsible for planting potted trees and shrubs through the CVC Naturalization program and assists with the collection of forest inventory and other monitoring data.  This position also supports the production and maintenance of tree and shrub stock in the CVC Nursery and other duties as assigned. This position will be based out of CVC’s Forestry Operations Centre at Warwick Conservation Area at 15526 Heart Lake Road, Caledon.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Post-secondary studies in Forestry, Horticulture, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, Ecosystem Restoration or Biology is preferred
  • Outdoor work experience in nursery operation, tree planting, habitat restoration or forestry
  • Experience with the safe operation of farm and landscape equipment
  • Experience in the collection of field data
  • Tree, shrub and plant identification skills an asset
  • Valid class “G” Ontario Driver’s License required
  • All candidates should have access to reliable transportation
  • Candidates must be comfortable applying and working around pesticides
  • Candidates should be prepared for outdoor work away from amenities on a daily basis

Summary of Major Tasks

  • Working as part of a team planting shrubs and trees in various natural environments on public and private lands
  • Nursery duties include, but are not limited to, watering, weeding and general care of nursery stock
  • Safe operation of mechanical equipment including farm tractors, weed trimmer, ATV, water pumps, loading trailers
  • Collecting performance monitoring data on previous restoration projects
  • Invasive species plant control using techniques such as pulling, pesticide application and cutting/chipping
  • Assisting with site preparation of planting sites
  • Assisting with other forestry related activities as required such as forest inventory data collection and tree marking tallies
  • Conducting work in a safe manner, ensuring that all CVC health and safety policies and procedures are adhered to at all times
  • Providing excellent customer service

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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