Program Assistant, Conservation Lands And Trails - Short-Term Contract Position (Trca-083-20)Restoration And Infrastructure

Conservation Authority Downsview Toronto And Region Conservation Authority


Contract Duration: 16 Week Short-Term Contract Position (May 11, 2020 - August 28, 2020)

Under the guidance and direction of the Coordinator, Conservation Lands & Trails, the Program Assistant, Conservation Lands & Trails position is responsible for collecting data in support of the technical components of TRCA’s land and trail assessment and monitoring initiatives including trail and land asset inventories and audits, visitor monitoring, and trail accessibility assessments for the TRCA Conservation Land Care Program and for projects beyond this program upon request. The position completes annual assessment and monitoring responsibilities and works in collaboration with TRCA staff to identify and monitor land boundary encroachment issues and to identify trespass and illegal use issues. Overall, this position plays an integral role in gathering strategic and site-specific conservation management information and data that will be analyzed and used by TRCA staff to rethink TRCA greenspace to maximize its value and in mitigating TRCA’s risk of land ownership and management.

Eligibility for participation in Canada Summer Jobs Program preferred. To be eligible, youth must:

  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment; be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to 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.


  • In field data collection with GPS/Trimble in support of the assessment and monitoring of TRCA lands and trails according to land and trail operating procedures to identify property standards and asset management issues, in support of TRCA’s encroachment policy and asset management program.
  • Remove or mitigate small hazards with hand tools, as appropriate.
  • Deliver to neighbours and/or post on trail heads/entry points, public communications to support assessment and monitoring initiatives, including inspection notices.
  • Install trail counters and collect data from counters.
  • Prepare drafts of property specific assessment, monitoring reports, site securement and protection plans based on field assessment and monitoring data when required.
  • Conduct trail head condition assessment and improvement visits.
  • Conduct accessibility of assessment of existing and newly constructed TRCA-managed trails and of other trails upon special request.
  • Audit visitation to TRCA lands and trails upon special request through trail counters, online user surveys and in-field user surveys.
  • Be a technical resource for other staff teams as necessary.


  • Must have valid Ontario G driver’s licence.
  • Minimum 1-year post-secondary education in park management, trail management, planning, environmental science, environmental technology, resource management, geography, engineering or related discipline.
  • Minimum 1 year of experience in land and trail monitoring and management.


  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated time management and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively and courteously with all levels of staff and public contacts in a client service environment.
  • Computer literacy utilizing Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word), Geographic Positioning System (GPS)/Trimble, Geographic Information System (GIS), the internet.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate mobile data entry services.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of municipal and provincial legislation relevant to conservation lands including the Conservation Authorities Act and Trespass to Property Act.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines and/or peak period workloads that may extend beyond the normal workday.
  • Demonstrated ability to read and interpret maps.
  • Must be willing to work outdoors, including during inclement weather and in areas where there are heavy bug populations.
  • Tree identification and tree hazard inspection skills an asset.

This is a field-based position. All applicants must be willing to work alone and as part of a team as well as in inclement weather throughout the entire extent of the contract.

To apply to this posting, click on the “Apply” icon. Please submit your resume and cover letter quoting job posting #TRCA-083-20 prior to midnight on February 24, 2020.

While TRCA thanks all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for interviews. Please be advised successful incumbent(s) who are not presently permanent TRCA employees may be required to undergo a vulnerable sector and/or driver’s abstract check.

TRCA is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace. Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and TRCA’s Accommodation Policy, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to the Authority. We welcome applications from all qualified persons.



Restoration and Infrastructure
Full-time contract
Salary range: 
$27.31 per hour
Head Office - 101 Exchange Avenue. Vaughan, Ontario
Closing date: 
Feb 24, 2020
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