24-H37: Assistant, Sustainable Home Landscapes (Urban)

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 position supports the implementation of projects that build awareness and understanding of environment issues and climate change impacts and support homeowner adoption of sustainable landscaping practices that improve watershed health. The Assistant helps with implementation of sustainable landscaping, habitat creation and other stewardship projects; site monitoring and maintenance; residential plantings, and program administration.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Preferably enrolled in or completed a college/university diploma or degree in environmental studies/science, ecological restoration, ecological landscaping or related field
  • Experience in landscaping / tree planting / forestry / ecology / conservation / environmental sustainability project implementation
  • Excellent customer service
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Physically able to dig, plant and maintain small to medium plant stock and undertake light construction
  • Some knowledge of native plant identification
  • Able to engage with the public and communicate respectfully and inclusively with diverse stakeholders
  • Standard PC skills (word processing, spreadsheets, databases)
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Basic photography skills
  • Familiarity with sustainable landscaping best practices
  • Able to work some weekends and evenings
  • A valid Class ‘G’ Ontario driver’s license and access to a vehicle for site visits
  • Comfortable driving a large van or cube van


This position may be partially funded by Canada Summer Jobs funding. To help us understand if you are eligible for a position funded by Canada Summer Jobs Funding, please indicate on your cover letter if you meet the CSJF criteria below.

  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment*.
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment**; and,
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.
  • **International students are not eligible participants

While we use this information to determine if you meet the screening criteria, we are not hiring solely on this and may consider candidates for the position that do not meet the eligibility criteria.

Summary of Major Tasks

  • Assist with site preparation, terrestrial plantings, and habitat creation.
  • Maintain and monitor sustainable landscape projects, such as home tree plantings and demonstration gardens.
  • Support coordination, organizing and tracking of planting and outreach events.
  • Assist with sustainable landscaping project research, writing, planning and delivery.
  • Assist with set-up, tear-down, public engagement and hands-on activities at events or online webinars.
  • Assist with project monitoring, documenting, tracking and reporting.
  • Take project site photos and/or video.
  • Organize and maintain program documents, files, photos, and materials.
  • Identify or respond to participant needs and share relevant resources or materials.
  • Follow appropriate health and safety protocols and procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Additional Information

  • 35 hours per week
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