24-H14: Crew Member, Watershed Monitoring (Benthos)

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 function of this position is to provide technical field and sample processing assistance to the benthic macroinvertebrate component of the Integrated Watershed Monitoring Program (IWMP). The successful candidate will also provide assistance to other aquatic and terrestrial components, 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 environmental field.
  • Must have a valid Class ‘G’ Driver’s License. The successful applicant will be required to provide a MTO Driver’s Abstract.
  • Must be willing to work under adverse environmental conditions and for extended periods in a laboratory.
  • Experience in sampling, sorting and identification of benthic macroinvertebrates.
  • Must be able to identify benthic invertebrates to at least the OBBN 27-group level, to family level is preferred.
  • Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol (OSAP), Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network (OBBN) and Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) Taxonomic Certifications are considered assets.
  • Experience in data collection in any of the following areas is considered an asset: water quality, electrofishing and fish identification, fluvial geomorphology, tree health and frogs.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite Software (Word, Excel, Access).
  • Standard first aid and CPR preferred.

Summary of Major Tasks

Perform the following tasks under limited direction.

  • Sample, sort and identify benthic macroinvertebrates from monitoring sites within the Credit River Watershed.
  • Entry and Qa/Qc of benthic macroinvertebrate data.
  • Provide field and data management assistance to the other components of the IWMP (water quality, fisheries, geomorphology, and terrestrial), or other CVC projects as required.

Additional Information

  • 35 hours/week
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