Technician, Forest Management

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 have a good employee benefits program. We’re members of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) pension fund. We have flexible work hours for many positions. We find time to have fun and celebrate successes. You’ll have free access to our parks and discounts on recreational equipment rentals. You’ll know your co-workers by name and will make fast friends. You’ll like being at work.

Summary of Functions

Reporting to the Program Manager, Forestry, this position is responsible for implementing forest restoration and management projects on Conservation Area Lands, and other aspects of CVC’s Sustainable Forest Management Plan. This position also supports the Program Manager in other strategic planning and implementation for conservation area restoration. Additional duties include collection of forest inventory and monitoring data, entering and compiling data in databases, writing reports, contract administration, as well as support for other forestry programs such as tree planting and private landowner services. This position will also support other ongoing Restoration & Management (RM) Division activities and projects from time to time and as needed. This position may supervise 1-3 seasonal and hourly staff as required.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Post-secondary studies in Forestry, Natural Resource Management or Biological Science are preferred
  • Ontario Tree Marker certificate is an asset but not required
  • Forestry Exterminator License or Pesticide Technician Certification is an asset but not required
  • Chainsaw certification and operating experience
  • Valid class “G” Ontario Driver’s License required
  • Strong computer skills including MS Word, Excel, Access and GIS such as ArcMap, ArcGIS Explorer
  • Knowledge and experience in forest restoration and management, silvicultural and ecological principles, forest harvesting systems, forest stewardship issues and integrated management of public and private forest resources
  • Knowledge of restoration and silviculture effectiveness monitoring sampling methodologies
  • Knowledge and experience in forest management of coniferous and deciduous forest types, including coniferous plantations, in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence forest region an asset
  • Proficiency with native plant species identification, including knowledge of non-native invasive species and forest pests and diseases
  • 2 – 3 years outdoor work experience in tree marking, tree planting and other forest management and restoration activities
  • Experience with forest harvest operations monitoring is an asset
  • Experience with supervising staff
  • Experience with the preparation and interpretation of planting plans
  • Proven experience with the safe operation of chainsaws, farm tractors, farm implements, mechanical reforestation planters, tank sprayers, pesticide application, ATV’s and landscape maintenance equipment
  • Proven experience with the safe hauling, loading, and unloading of trucks and trailers
  • Experience collecting forest inventory data and operational forestry skills
  • Well-organized, with strong communication, writing and interpersonal skills

Summary of Major Tasks

Perform the following tasks under direction.

  • Assist in the coordination and implementation of CVC’s Sustainable Forest Management Plan
  • Implement forest restoration and management projects on Conservation Area Lands (and others as required)
  • Implement field operations for tree marking, forest inventory, invasive species control, harvest monitoring/inspection, tree planting, tending and
  • effectiveness monitoring
  • Implement plantation thinning/tree cutting operations using chainsaws and other forestry equipment
  • Create planting plans and support the development of forest operations prescriptions
  • Operation of mechanical equipment including farm tractors, chainsaws, ATV, water pumps, loading large trailers
  • Hiring and supervision of seasonal/hourly staff; this includes training new employees on health and safety procedures, including the safe use of equipment and ensuring forest management tasks are carried out in a professional and timely manner
  • Provide excellent customer service
  • Prepare work orders, invoices, and purchases to support the forestry program
  • Administer forestry tenders and contracts, including inventory and harvesting contracts
  • Coordinate the collection of forest inventory data, prepare reports, and support the preparation and updates to CVC’s Sustainable Forest Management Operating Plans
  • Compile and analyze field data and enter in appropriate databases and updates to GIS files
  • Schedule/coordinate project timing and other events and with other forestry staff
  • Track staff time and resources for project implementation
  • Attend departmental, division and forestry staff coordination meetings
  • Assist with hazard tree removal as required
  • Other duties and projects as appropriate to the position
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