Technician, Naturalization- Habitat Restoration (1 Permanent Position)

Conservation Authority Mississauga Credit Valley Conservation Authority

Technician, Naturalization- Habitat Restoration (1 Permanent Position)

Anticipated Start Dates: February 17th, 2020 (35 hours/week)Full-time

At this time, we are seeking to fill the position of:Technician, Naturalization- Habitat Restoration (1 Permanent Position)

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

This position is responsible for the implementation and supervision of habitat naturalization projects including grassland restoration, potted tree and shrub plantings, and terrestrial invasive species management. This position also includes project effectiveness monitoring, reporting, data entry in databases, and assisting other TRM programs including habitat structures and nursery operations.

This position works out of the Warwick office located at 15526 Heart Lake Road in Caledon.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Post-secondary education in natural resource management, forestry, biology, or environmental science
  • Chainsaw certification and operating experience an asset
  • Pesticide Applicators License with Landscape, Forestry or Aquatic certifications an asset
  • 3- 5 years of relevant work experience in restoration activities including grasslands, tree and shrub planting, invasive species management, forestry, or landscaping
  • Field work experience during inclement conditions (i.e. bugs, weather)
  • Experience supervising staff in the field
  • Experience conducting site visits with landowners to provide technical guidance and recommendations
  • Experience and knowledge of grassland management and restoration project implementation an asset
  • Experience with planting plan interpretation
  • Experience with data entry and preparation of draft reports
  • Proven experience with safe operation of farm machinery including tractors, disks, seeders, cultipackers, plows, brush hogs, and rototillers
  • Proven experience with the safe hauling, loading, and unloading of trucks and trailers
  • Proven experience with the safe operation of chainsaws, tank sprayers, pesticide application, ATV’s and landscape maintenance equipment
 Knowledge, Skills and Ability
  • A background and understanding of the principles of ecology and natural resource management in Ontario
  • Knowledge and experience with various restoration activities and methods
  • Knowledge of restoration effectiveness monitoring sampling methodologies
  • Proficiency with native plant species identification, including knowledge of non-native invasive species and forest pests and diseases
  • Knowledge of the issues and impacts of invasive species on natural systems
  • Ability to work independently, to take a leadership role where necessary, and to think creatively in tackling obstacles and developing solutions
  • Ability to navigate using orthophotos or aerial imagery
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills
  • Proven research, analytic and report writing skills
  • Ability to network well with other organizations and develop contacts
  • Strong computer skills including MS Word, Excel, Access and GIS
  • Valid Class ‘G’ Ontario driver’s license. A, AR, D or DZ driver’s licenses an asset. The successful applicant will be required to provide a MTO Driver’s Abstract

Summary of Major Tasks

Habitat Restoration & Management Projects
  • Under the supervision of the Invasive Species Management Senior Coordinator, prepare plans/projects and implement restoration projects on CVC, private and public properties
  • Supervise seasonal staff, including training new employees on health and safety procedures (including the safe use of equipment) and ensuring tasks are carried out in a professional and timely manner
  • Provide support and implement work related to the planting of shrubs and trees in various natural environments
  • Provide support and implement work related to the creation and maintenance of grassland habitat
  • Provide support and implement work related to the removal and treatment of terrestrial invasive plant species
  • Provide support and implement work related to the construction and installation of built habitat structures
  • Support the implementation the TreeAzin injection program for ash tree protection at conservation areas
  • Operate mechanical equipment including: tractors, seeders, cultipackers, plows, brush hogs, rototillers, chainsaws, ATV, water pumps, loading large trailers
  • Conduct site visits in support of TRM extension services on private and public lands
  • Support the nursery as needed; duties may include (but are not limited to): potting, watering, weeding, moving, and general care of nursery stock
  • Support the preparation of tender documents and management of external contractors
  • Prepare invoices related to services provided to both internal and external TRM clients in provision of restoration services
  • QA/QC, compile and analyze field data and enter into appropriate databases
  • Prepare draft reports
  • Assist with and provide support for managing project budgets
Monitoring & Inventory
  • Conduct biological site assessments and inventories to support restoration project design and implementation
  • Conduct restoration performance monitoring activities according to established protocols and procedures including grasslands, shrub and tree planting and invasive species management
Education and Outreach
  • In partnership with other CVC departments, work with and coordinate volunteers, NGO’s and other CVC departments to implement restoration projects
  • Communicate with other CVC staff, landowners, members of the public and other agencies about restoration programs
  • Work with Senior Coordinator to organize and develop workshops in aid of program goals for both internal staff and external partners and volunteers
  • Attend key conferences, deliver presentations, and man booths/displays at relevant events as required
  • Provide excellent customer service
  • Other duties and projects as appropriate to the position

Additional Information

Salary starting at: $54,992.00

Forward resume by January 19th, 2020 to:

Credit Valley Conservation
Fax: (905) 670-5613 or Email:

Please quote "Technician, Naturalization- Habitat Restoration (1 Permanent Position)" on resume/letter. Resumes/letters submitted electronically must be submitted in Microsoft Word format.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

CVC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005), CVC will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If you require disability – related accommodations, please inform the Human Resources (HR) staff. All personal information is collected under the authority of the municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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