Forestry Equipment Operator - 6 month contract

Organization: Conservation Halton

Job Type: Contract/Project/Temporary

Location: Burlington, Ontario ON

Posting Date: Feb 04, 2015

Deadline: Feb 22, 2015


Organization Description:

Conservation Halton is a community based environmental agency that works in partnership with watershed municipalities and the Province of Ontario to protect the natural environment.  We also manage a number of parks for education and recreation including Glen Eden Ski & Snowboard Centre, Crawford Lake, Mountsberg Conservation Area, Rattlesnake Point, Mount Nemo, and Hilton Falls. 

Job Description:

The Forestry Equipment Operator will report directly to the Forestry and Landscape Program Coordinator and is responsible for working with assigned staff in delivering services such as: Hazard Tree Removal, Landscaping (including turf management) and Tree Planting.


  • Asssting assigned staff in the field with the identification and removal of hazard trees on Conservation Halton lands, along with Region of Halton lands
  • Assisting with the landscape, forestry and conservation services programs as directed by the Forestry and Landscape Program Coordinator
  • Operating equipment such as tractors, mowers (ventrac & jd 2trac), trucks and chainsaws, fertilizer spreaders, water pumps, atv’s, etc
  • Conduct circle checks, complete required logbooks, conduct pre and post operation inspections of assigned equipment on day to day basis
  • Supporting the grounds and turf maintenance program for assigned Conservation Areas, water control lands and other designated Conservation Halton lands, including waste collection and disposal and facilities maintenance
  • Carrying our regular inspection of outdoor washrooms, picnic pavilions, and facilities at the above properties to ensure that they are in a safe, clean and operational condition
  • Ensure that all work meets or exceeds applicable regulatory requirements
  • Will perform his/her duties and ensure that assigned employees and volunteers work in accordance with Conservation Halton’s safety policies and procedures and the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations
  • Other related duties assigned by the Forestry and Landscape Program Coordinator, as appropriate to the position

A minimum of 6 months experience in a related field is required.

  • Experience with equipment operation in a forestry environment; chainsaws, chippers, brush cutters, etc 
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment
  • Effective time management and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated flexibility and adaptability skills
  • Tree climbing arboricultural experience would be advantageous
  • Ability to work well in a variety of outdoor conditions
  • Chainsaw certification is essential; tree climbing certification preferred
  • Experience within a Conservation Authority is an asset

A satisfactory driver’s license will be required as this position requires the use of Conservation Halton’s fleet and equipment 


  • Starting at $17 per hour based on 40 hours/week (negotiable upon skills and qualifications)


  • Staff identification pass which entitles you to free entry to all of our conservation areas, free skiing and snowboarding, and discounts on goods, services, cafeteria food, events with a participation fee, equipment rentals and tubing!
Apply To:

Interested?  Apply online bySunday February 22nd, 2015 at 11:59pmto:

E-mail: (include job title in subject line)

We thank all applicants for their interest however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Conservation Halton is an equal opportunity employer in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code.  Conservation Halton will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.  Personal information provided is collected under the authority of The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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Assistant Manager

Organization: Algonquin Wildlife Research Station

Job Type: Seasonal

Location: Algonquin Wildlife Research Station, Algonquin Provincial Park

Posting Date: Feb 02, 2015

Deadline: Mar 24, 2015


Organization Description:

The historic Algonquin Wildlife Research Station has operated for the past 70 years in Algonquin Provincial Park as a hub for wildlife research and environmental education. The AWRS is a not-for-profit organization that is committed to providing logistical support to short and long-term studies on the flora and fauna of Algonquin Park, in addition to supporting field-based education.

Job Description:

Position: Assistant Manager

Location: Algonquin Wildlife Research Station,AlgonquinProvincialPark

Contract: Mid April – early October (approximately)

Salary: $2000 per month (accommodations and meals included)

Deadline for application:March 24, 2015; applications will be considered as they are received.

Always dreamed of waking up in a lakeside cabin to the majestic call of a loon, or going to bed to the sound of wolves howling in the distance? Here is your opportunity to do so. The historic Algonquin Wildlife Research Station (WRS), located in Algonquin Provincial Park is looking to hire an Assistant Manager for the upcoming field season. The term of employment will be, at minimum, from April 22nd to September 2nd, 2015, with the possibility of extension into early October. All meals and accommodations (semi-private lakeside cabin) will be provided. The WRS is a not for profit organization that supports University and College researchers and field courses, as well as government researchers.

The Assistant Manager’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintaining buildings, research areas, and equipment (e.g. repairs, renovations, plumbing, construction, painting, cleaning, brush removal, trail maintenance, etc.)
  • Responsible for all staff and researchers while Manager is off-site
  • Providing logistical support for research projects
  • Opening and winterizing seasonal buildings and equipment
  • Working with the Manager to ensure efficient operations in all aspects of the research station
  • Assist Manager in organizing  special events, such as Meet the Researcher Day and workshops

Ideally, the successful applicant will have some experience with maintenance, renovations, or construction.  The applicant should also savor life in a beautifully secluded forest setting.  An interest in biological research and/or appreciation for the outdoors would also be a benefit.


Other qualifications should include:

  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Strong interpersonal and organization skills
  • Ability to work independently, and as a team
  • Strong leadership skills
  • An appreciation for the outdoors
  • Strong work ethic
  • Willing to work outside in varied weather condition
  • Valid G Driver’s License with clean record

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to live and work at a well-known research station in a renowned provincial park.  Spare time can be spent volunteering with researchers, exploring the extensive property of the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station, or travelling the multitude of park trails.  Canoes and hiking trails are also available on the research station property.  

Apply To:

Applicants must send an email with a cover letter outlining qualifications, a resume, and contact information for 2 references to:

Timothy Winegard, Station Manager

Wildlife Research Station, P.O. Box49, Whitney, Ontario K0J 2M0

We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Coordinator, Major Gifts - Ontario Region

Organization: Nature Conservancy of Canada

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Toronto, Ontario ON

Posting Date: Jan 15, 2015

Deadline: Feb 10, 2015


Organization Description:

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain.   Since 1962 NCC and its supporters have protected more than 2.6 million acres (1 million hectares) of ecologically significant land across Canada.  NCC takes a collaborative, science-based approach to achieve conservation success for the sake of nature and Canadians.  With a national office in Toronto, and seven regional offices across the country NCC delivers results you can walk on. If you are looking for a dynamic work environment, rich in learning opportunities, and if you wish to be part of the largest private land conservation organization in Canada, we invite you to submit your application. To  learn more visit:

Job Description:

Reports to:        Manager, Major Gifts, Ontario Region

Salary Band:    2

Location:        Toronto

The Coordinator, Major Gifts assumes a significant role in the coordination and delivery of fundraising and communications activities to further the mission of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Working closely with the Manager, Major Gifts, Ontario Region, the incumbent plays a key role in supporting sub-regional Program Directors; conducting prospect research and maintaining Raiser’s Edge Database for Ontario donors. As a member of the Ontario fundraising team, the Coordinator, Major Gifts, mentors other staff in donor recognition and stewardship, and ensures that sub-regional development and communications activities conform to national standards and policies. These responsibilities are carried out within assigned development department, sub-regional and project-related expense budgets.

Key Responsibilities:

1.    Project and Program Fundraising
Achieve annual fundraising targets to meet goals set with the Manager, Major Gifts, and the appropriate Program Director for the assigned projects as laid out in the annual regional business plan, and as determined during the year as opportunities arise, by:
•    Providing fundraising and communications support to sub-regional Program Directors;
•    Meeting personally, telephoning, and otherwise corresponding with donors and prospects as assigned by the Manager, Major Gifts, and/or Program Director;
•    Drafting stewardship letters, event invitations, acknowledgement letters, and other general correspondence to donors;
•    Preparing presentation materials, developing strategy, and attending requests for funding meetings with donors;
•    Preparing or coordinating required interim and final reports for donors;
•    Following established guidelines, support the Manager, Major Gifts, and the Program Directors in designing and ordering property signs and plaques to install at properties;
•    Organizing small group tours of NCC properties;
•    Occasionally coordinating large but targeted mailings related to particular Ontario property or sub-regional program;
•    Understanding the importance of documenting donor interactions in order to create individuated relationship plans and maintaining donor records in Raiser’s Edge;
•    Conducting prospect research and identifying individual, foundation and government prospects; and,
•    Researching, writing, designing and/or coordinating letters of inquiry and proposals to foundations and government programs.

2.    Report and Proposal Writing
Support the Manager, Major Gifts, and sub-regional Program Directors to:
•    Write and submit timely reports and proposals to donors; and,
•    Track donor reports and proposals properly using Raiser’s Edge.

3.    General Administration and Support
•    Provide administrative and other support as required, including fielding general enquiries from donors, potential donors, and volunteers;
•    Assist with the completion of property closing paperwork;
•    Prepare expense forms and credit cards statement submissions as required;
•    Maintain timely electronic notes of all communications with or about donors and prospects; and,
•    Perform other duties as assigned by the Manager, Major Gifts.


Skills and Aptitudes:
•    At least three years of fundraising experience, preferably in a major gift capacity;
•    Exceptional verbal and written communications skills including a proven track record in public speaking and small interpersonal meetings;
•    Demonstrated successful experience in a development and/or communications role, including proposal writing, media relations, and marketing;
•    Resourceful and independent, yet comfortable working within the framework of an integrated development program;
•    Excellent ability to manage a diverse range of assignments with high proficiency and superior attention to details;
•    A strong sense of self-confidence, particularly when dealing with high-level supporters and members of the media;
•    Strong project management skills with a demonstrated ability to prepare and manage timelines, goals and expectations wisely;
•    Solid interpersonal and customer service skills as this position will interact with donors, volunteers, board members, and the public;
•    A self-starter, with strong motivation to take initiatives and to adjust to changing priorities and meet deadlines;
•    Ability to support a decentralized delivery of organizational goals and objectives;
•    Works well under pressure;
•    A commitment to handle sensitive/confidential information appropriately and with discretion;
•    Proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint;
•    Working knowledge of databases, including Raiser’s Edge;
•    Excellent ability to create, organize, and maintain effective and efficient record keeping systems;
•    Ability to obtain pertinent information from a variety of sources;
•    A demonstrated awareness of conservation issues in Ontario;
•    Understanding of and commitment to the role and mission of The Nature Conservancy of Canada;
•    Ability to work/travel within a flexible schedule, including occasional weekends and evenings; and,
•    A valid Ontario Drivers’ Licence is a necessity.

Apply To:

If you have a keen interest in nature and conservation and are interested in joining our team, please forward your resumé and cover letter, indicating Coordinator, Major Gifts - Ontario Region in the subject line, by February 10, 2015, to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, via e-mail:

We thank everyone who applies for their interest in the Nature Conservancy of Canada, however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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