22-9: Crew Member (Fauna), Watershed Monitoring

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 primary functions of this position are to complete forest and grassland breeding bird surveys and assist with wetland anuran monitoring using acoustic recording units as part of the Integrated Watershed Monitoring Program (IWMP). The successful candidate will also provide assistance to other aquatic and terrestrial components of IWMP, as required.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be currently enrolled in or have completed a college/university diploma or degree program specializing in biology, ecology, environmental science, or a related field.
  • Must be willing to work under adverse environmental conditions and early morning hours.
  • Must be able to confidently identify eastern forest and grassland birds by both sight and sound. This includes the ability to identify the approximately 157 bird species known to breed in the Credit River Watershed. Identification skills by sound are especially important.
  • Prior work experience conducting avian point count surveys and distance sampling is required. Experience with nest searching and observing avian breeding behaviour is an asset.
  • Prior experience working with automated acoustic recording units and sound analysis software (e.g. Kaleidoscope) is an asset. Ontario frog and toad identification skills by sound are also an asset but not required (training will be provided).
  • Experience with plant and/or terrestrial insect identification is an asset.
  • Ability to collect, enter, and manage data carefully and accurately.
  • Ability to use GPS equipment and basic navigation with a compass.
  • Good communication, teamwork, and organization skills.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite Software (e.g. Word, Excel, Access)
  • Standard first aid and CPR preferred.
  • Must have a valid Class ‘G’ Driver’s License. The successful applicant will be required to provide an MTO Driver’s Abstract.

Summary of Major Tasks

Perform the following tasks under limited direction:

  • Conduct unlimited distance avian point count surveys at forest and grassland monitoring sites within the Credit River Watershed.
  • Carefully enter and QC bird and other faunal data using Microsoft Excel and Access.
  • Assist with deployment and retrieval of acoustic recording units at wetland sites, as well as analysis of acoustic data using Kaleidoscope Pro software.
  • Assist with vegetation monitoring surveys.
  • Conduct information management tasks related to organization of digital and paper files.
  • Provide field and data management assistance to the other components of the IWMP (aquatic and terrestrial), or other CVC projects as required.
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