Technician, Watershed Monitoring
1 Contract Position with potential for extension
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 to 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
Reporting to the Specialist, Watershed Monitoring, this position will lead the collection, summary, and management of forest bird and wetland frog data for CVC’s Integrated Watershed Monitoring Program (IWMP). In addition, the successful candidate will participate in the collection of vegetation data, and assist with the compilation, analysis, and reporting of related abiotic and biotic monitoring data and information.
• Bachelor of Science, specializing in ecology, zoology, forestry, environmental science, or a related subject; a Master of Science would be an asset;
• Minimum of 2 years’ experience related to major tasks;
• Excellent Eastern North American bird identification skills by both sight and especially sound;
• Demonstrated experience conducting point count surveys, distance sampling and any other bird survey techniques;
• Experience with automated recording units and processing of associated data;
• Experience and/or knowledge of some, or all of the following would be an asset: marsh monitoring protocols for amphibians, forest and wetland vegetation identification and familiarity with southern Ontario Ecological Land Classification (ELC);
• Extensive field work experience and required ability to work under adverse environmental conditions (e.g. biting insects, heat, rain, etc.);
• Demonstrated ability to work within a team environment, with strong organizational and communication (oral and written) skills;
• Proven technical writing skills (examples will be required if an interview is granted), with experience using Microsoft Office Suite Software (Word, Excel, Access);
• Demonstrated experience and strong interest with data entry and other components of information management;
· Experience with Wildlife Acoustics Song Meters and Kaleidoscope analysis software an asset;
• Demonstrated knowledge of data summarization skills; knowledge of statistical analysis principles, techniques and software packages (e.g. ‘R’, PC-ORD, STATISTICA) is an asset;
• Valid Ontario Class “G” driver’s license;
• Successful candidate will provide a current MTO driver’s abstract;
• Certification in First Aid is considered an asset.
Summary of Major Tasks
Field Data Collection
· Conduct field work for approximately 4 months using standardized methodologies, leading the collection of forest bird point counts and wetland amphibian surveys using automated recording units.
· Assist in the collection of forest and wetland tree health and vegetation data when necessary.
· Support other components of the monitoring program where necessary (e.g. fish, water quality, benthics).
· Conduct pre-monitoring activities such as equipment preparation and maintenance, scheduling and other logistics.
· Lead and conduct data entry and quality control of bird and amphibian monitoring data.
· Maintain and organize physical and electronic data sheets and associated files.
· Assist in the compilation and review of data to support data requests.
Data Reporting and Analysis
· Lead summarization of bird and amphibian monitoring data.
· Assist preparation of landowner results packages.
· Prepare sections of annual and biennial reports as well as monitoring protocols.
· Research and share information (i.e. report or presentation) on monitoring protocols and topics relevant to the ecology of forest and wetland communities; adjust style based on audience.
· Support or contribute to more complex statistical analysis and reporting as required.
Other duties as assigned by the Senior Specialist, Watershed Monitoring
Anticipated Start and End Dates: November 30, 2020 to December 10, 2021 (35 hours/week)
Annual Salary Starting At: $56,092 – $61,435
Forward resume and cover letter by November 8, 2020 to:
Credit Valley Conservation
Please quote “Technician, Watershed Monitoring” on resume/letter.
Resumes/letters submitted electronically must be submitted in Word or Pdf. format as one document.
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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