Field Assistant, Watershed Planning and Ecosystem Science - Short-Term Contract Position (TRCA-161-21)

Contract Duration: Until October 31, 2021 

Number of Vacancies: Multiple

About TRCA:

With more than 60 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario, created to safeguard and enhance the health and well-being of watershed communities through the protection and restoration of the natural environment and the ecological services the environment provides.

TRCA works to protect the integrity and health of the rivers and creeks in the jurisdiction, develop a system of green and natural spaces that sustains local ecosystems, and advance sustainable practices that improve people’s lives within our growing region.

How you will contribute as part of the TRCA team:

The Field Assistant is responsible for carrying out waterfront and inland monitoring and data collection activities in support of TRCA’s environmental monitoring programs and projects. This position participates in surveying aquatic habitat and communities utilizing environmental monitoring instruments and equipment. This position also involves equipment maintenance and environmental data entry.

NOTE: Hiring at TRCA is contingent on the clearance of the Vulnerable Sector Screening. Candidates will be asked for a screening only where they have been selected as the leading candidate(s).

Major Responsibilities:

Perform the following tasks under supervision:

  • Perform fieldwork and environmental data collection, including fish and benthic invertebrates sampling, water quality data collection, sediment samples collection and other aquatic habitat data collection following specific protocols.

  • Assist in wildlife and fish management activities such as goose counts and round-up for relocation, and sea lamprey counts and removal as part of the sea lamprey trap operation.

  • Use various types of monitoring equipment, including: boats; GPS units; hand-held water quality instruments (e.g., turbidity meter); water level, flow and temperature loggers/meters; and biological sampling equipment such as electrofisher units (boat, backpack) and various types of nets.

  • Maintain equipment (storage, organization, minor repairs).

  • Perform environmental data QA/QC and entry.

  • All activities are expected to be performed in a safe manner, in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its Regulations, along with Corporate Safety policies, procedures and programs.  All necessary personal protective equipment (will be provided by TRCA) must be used and maintained in good condition.

What you will need to succeed:

  • Currently enrolled or completed a post-secondary education in biology, environmental science, resource management or a related field and pursuing a career in environmental or related field.

  • Ability to identify common flora and fauna species found in the Toronto area.

  • Familiarity with biological sampling equipment, including boat and backpack electrofishing units, and environmental monitoring instruments.

  • Comfortable working with watercraft from 8 to 32 feet in length.

  • Strong verbal communication skills, interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team setting.

  • Computer literacy.

  • Ability to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions.

  • Ability to work in, on and around water.

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

  • G Class Driver’s Licence.

What TRCA has to offer you:

As part of a progressive team you will have the opportunity to make a positive impact to preserving and protecting nature, while maintaining a balance between the natural environment and built environment. Working with experts within our field, you will join a team of colleagues that are committed to TRCA’s core values of integrity, collaboration, accountability, respect, and excellence (icare). 

You will be part of a diverse and inclusive organization that:

  • Makes a positive difference in the communities we serve.

  • Fosters high performance and collaborative teams.

  • Provides continuous learning and development opportunities.

  • Offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits program (including Defined Benefit Pension Plan – OMERS/OTPP).

  • Provides unique TRCA Perks.

  • Provides flexible work arrangements.

  • Offers potential for career growth and advancement.

To apply to this posting, click on the “Apply” icon. Please submit your resume and cover letter quoting job posting TRCA-161-21 prior to midnight on June 23, 2021.

While the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (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 screening 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 Policies, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to the TRCA. We welcome applications from all qualified persons.

Personal information you provide through the TRCA recruitment, selection and onboarding process is collected under the authority of the Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.27. Collection of this personal information is necessary for the proper administration of this recruitment process for employment and volunteer positions with TRCA. Personal information is protected from disclosure pursuant to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  Any questions regarding this collection activity should be directed to the Supervisor of Records, 101 Exchange Avenue, Vaughan, Ontario, L4K 5R6, (416) 661-6600 extension 5216. 

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