Research Analyst, Ecosystem and Climate Science - Full-Time Position (TRCA-002-21)

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 Research Analyst, Ecosystem and Climate Science position will be responsible for the day to day tasks associated with conducting applied research to support various terrestrial ecosystem science and green infrastructure related initiatives. 

Specifically, this position will undertake qualitative and quantiative research and analysis including assisting in study design, leading field work and field crews, completing spatial and data analysis, and writing technical reports and factsheets to support a range of initiatives related to green infrastructure, urban forestry, and ecosystem service valuations. The Research Analyst will focus on producing information to support various municipal projects, building applied research partnerships and pursuing external funding opportunties as well as be a technical resource for internal and external partners. 

Major Responsibilities:

  • Conduct comprehensive reviews of academic and grey literature to support projects related to urban forestry, green infrastructure, and ecosystem service valuation.
  • Organize and manage data for multiple projects, and direct or conduct quality control checks on monitoring and spatial assessment data.
  • Coordinate/schedule field surveys, including training of seasonal staff or interns in ecosystem services modeling and urban forest monitoring, survey or assessment protocols, and ensuring Health and Safety compliance while in the field.
  • Prepare summary and technical reports for multiple municipal urban forest projects.
  • Develop communications content for a variety of audiences and forums, including website content, presentations, workshops, and short factsheets.
  • Work with internal and external partners to track and report on tree planting initiatives.
  • Coordinate and schedule internal and external project meetings, prepare meeting agendas and minutes, and ensure identified actions are completed as required.
  • Maintain effective communication with Project Managers and Supervisor, reporting on project progress and seeking guidance when needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required in accordance with departmental, divisional and/or corporate objectives.

What you will need to succeed:

  • Four-year university degree or equivalent in ecology, biology, urban forestry, geography, environmental science, environmental studies, or related discipline.
  • Two years of experience related to major responsibilities.
  • Strong understanding of urban forestry and green infrastructure management principles, tools of analysis, and provincial policy framework.
  • Excellent customer, stakeholder and client relationship management experience.
  • Knowledge of GIS and quantitative analysis.
  • Competency in some or all of the following: ecosystem monitoring, urban forest survey protocols and models, ecosystem service valuations.
  • Excellent written communications skills, with particular emphasis placed on transferring applied science to practice via concise, technical summary reports, non-technical factsheets, and presentations.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, collaborative skills, and ability to work in a team environment.
  • Strong project coordination skills including ability to manage time, problem solve, and facilitate discussions.

What TRCA has to offer you:

As part of a progressive team you will have the opportunity 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-002-21 prior to midnight on January 25, 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. 


Development and Engineering Services
Full-time employee
Salary range: 
$64,887 - $70,348, 35 hours per week
Head Office - 101 Exchange Avenue. Vaughan, Ontario
Closing date: 
Jan 25, 2021
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