59: Assistant, Water and Climate Change Science – Salt Study (Hourly)

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 will support the Water and Climate Change Science team with a study of road salt use at our Head Office parking lot. This is a two-year study funded by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks and in partnership with the Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program. The purpose of the study is to evaluate the effectiveness of road salting best management practices in terms of achieving a high level of service and efficiently managing road salt use in parking lots. The position will be a combination of outdoor work at the Head Office, office work at the Head Office, and work from home.

Anticipated Start and End Dates: January 10, 2022 – April 30, 2022 (35 hours/week)

Hourly Rate: $16.75 per hour

Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently pursuing or have completed post-secondary education in environmental sciences/studies/engineering or a related discipline
  • Some experience conducting independent research in environmental sciences
  • Experience with analysis of environmental monitoring data (for example, water quality time series data)
  • Experience with writing clear and succinct technical reports
  • Experience with environmental monitoring equipment including conductivity sensors would be an asset
  • Willingness and ability to work outdoors in inclement weather
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Some knowledge of urban water quality concerns and concepts particularly around the use of road salt
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

This position may be partially funded by “Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada”. Their “Cooperative Student Work Integrated Program (SWP)” lists that the following eligibility criteria be met in order for funding to be awarded:

(1) Students have to be current university or college students studying in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEAM),

(2) Students must also be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or have Refugee status. Students on a work permit or visa are not eligible.

Summary of Major Tasks

  • Regularly maintain, calibrate, troubleshoot, and download data from monitoring equipment including conductivity sensors, winter maintenance cameras, and pavement friction sensors
  • Prepare monitoring equipment to capture data from winter weather events
  • Conduct data analysis
  • Share regular updates on progress with the team
  • Produce short summary reports on data analysis results


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