Contract Period: May 1 to August 18, with possible extension to Sept. 1
Compensation: 40 hours/week at $20-22/hr. depending on experience
Please note the following opportunity is contingent on funding (Canada Summer Jobs)
Kawartha Land Trust (KLT) is a dynamic land conservation charity with an impressive track
record of growth. Our mission is to care for the lands entrusted to us and help others protect the
land they love in the Kawarthas. We create nature reserves for future generations by acquiring
ecologically important properties and/or interests in properties. We also enhance our
stewardship of the land by engaging landowners in land care initiatives through our Partners in
Founded in 2001, KLT protects 31 properties that include more than 5,250 acres of ecologically
diverse lands, some of which include hiking trails that introduce thousands of people to nature in
the Kawarthas every year. We have achieved our successes through the work of our dedicated
and growing team of donors, volunteers and supporters. Together, we can ensure more natural
spaces in the Kawarthas are preserved forever.
KLT works within the Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig Territory and we are dedicated to continuing to
create meaningful connections and relationships with First Nations communities in our region as
we build upon these connections.
Tasks and Responsibilities
The technician will help implement stewardship activities, property management tasks, monitor
KLT properties and assist with restoration projects. Everyone at the Kawartha Land Trust is
responsible for being a positive ambassador for our mission and vision. All staff work with
volunteers, donors and the public and the ability to be a friendly and authentic representative of
our organization is very important to success in the role. Under the direction of the Land
Stewardship Coordinator, the position will perform the following duties:
● Invasive species management on KLT properties using herbicide and manual removal
techniques (European Buckthorn, Dog-strangling Vine, Garlic Mustard).
● Tree and shrub planting for habitat creation and restoration.
● Supporting native prairie habitat restoration.
● Monitoring of owned conservation lands and conservation easement lands.
● Creation and maintenance of trails using chainsaw, hand tools and brush mower.
● Light carpentry on properties to build boardwalks, signage, fences, etc.
● Land management tasks (garbage clean-up, dealing with trespass issues).
● Organize logistics for safe and efficient field work.
● Recording and reporting on work performed.
● Use of a motor boat for weekly monitoring and cleanup of our island property.
● Communicating with the public on KLT properties.
● Assist with the collection and storage of data including ecological inventory data, GIS
and GPS data, photos, and the preparation of reports and applications.
● Provide leadership to and coordination of one or more volunteers on the above tasks.
Desired Level of Education and Experience
● Individuals possessing or working towards a degree or diploma in natural resource
management, ecological restoration, environmental science or studies, biology, or
related disciplines will be considered. Relevant work experience can compensate for
● Candidates should have least 2 season of field work experience related to land
stewardship or restoration, park or conservation area management or forestry
● You must have work or personal experience showing a comfort with outdoor work, a
positive attitude in adverse weather conditions, and comfort navigating off-trail. The
position will require physical ability to walk long distances while carrying equipment.
● Experience supervising volunteers or staff in the field would be an asset.
● Experience communicating conservation ideas with the public and presenting a
professional image is important.
● Experience with some of the following property management tasks is required through
professional and personal experience: rough carpentry, landscaping, tree felling and
pruning, tree planting, fence building, installing signage, and vegetation management.
● Ability to confidently identify priority Invasive (non-native) plants of the Kawarthas.
● A knowledge of the flora, fauna, and ecological communities of the area and standard
protocols for their assessment is an asset. Opportunities to develop these skills will be
Due to granting requirements, candidates must fit the following criteria:
● be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
● be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or person on whom refugee protection
has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act [S.C. 2001, c.
● be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and
● *International students are not eligible. Recent immigrants are eligible if they are
Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents.
In addition, candidates must:
● Must have a valid G2 license and access to a personal vehicle (mileage will be
o A vehicle capable of towing a light trailer is an asset.
● In possession of or ability to obtain a boater’s licence/ORCKA certification.
● Pesticide Exterminator license and experience is an asset.
● Chainsaw license and experience is an asset.
● Must be prepared to work some evening and weekends.
● Must be prepared to work alone in the field on occasion.
Orientation and Training
The Land Stewardship Coordinator will meet with the technician to ensure that they understand
their roles and responsibilities, after which regular meetings will be scheduled. Day-to-day
supervision will sometimes be provided however some work will be performed independently
without supervision and the technician will be empowered to take leadership on planning and
executing tasks. Training will be provided in the following areas:
● Woody stem management, tree felling techniques, and safe use of chainsaws.
● Introduction to best management practices for invasive species including appropriate
use of and safety around liquid herbicides for the control of invasive species.
● Navigation using GIS apps and software in the Arc suite.
● Introduction/background information related to KLT’s mission, history and goals.
● Species at risk survey protocols.
Kawartha Land Trust is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for staff.
KLT will ensure that staff have the necessary certifications and qualifications to do the job (i.e.,
boating licence). The position will require working with herbicide. If the eligible applicant is not in
possession of an Exterminator’s license, KLT will pay for this testing and support the training. If
the candidate has experience using a chainsaw but is not certified, KLT can arrange
certification. First aid training will be provided.
Opportunities and Perks of the Position
● Spending time outdoors in protected areas with access to beautiful views, high
biodiversity areas and network of dedicated environmental professionals.
● Opportunities to participate in surveys and fieldwork to protect/enhance habitat for
species at risk and overall ecosystem health.
● Access to training opportunities with professionals in a wide range of areas including
ecological land classification, forestry, land conservation techniques, ecosystem
restoration, non-profit work and grant writing, trades and advances landscaping
● Your application should include a resume and a covering letter as one document that
specifically addresses how your skills and qualifications relate to the job tasks and
responsibilities. The cover letter should be no more than one page long.
● Send application as a PDF or Word document with the following file name format: Last
Name, First Name_ Stewardship Technician).
● Email your cover letter and resume in one document to Kawartha Land Trust at
email@example.com by 12:00 p.m. (noon), March 10, with the subject line
Kawartha Land Trust (KLT) values diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all
qualified applicants. Accommodations for applicants with disabilities are available upon request
for all aspects of the recruitment process. Please note however, that at this time, KLT offices are
not wheelchair accessible.
KLT welcomes your interest in this opportunity to make an impact on one of Canada’s most
outstanding landscapes and engage with a committed community of supporters. For more
information on the Kawartha Land Trust and to consider further if you may be a fit for this
opportunity, see KLT’s website, online/media or social media presence.
Thank you for your interest in Kawartha Land Trust. Although we appreciate all applicants taking
the time to express their interest in joining the Kawartha Land Trust team, only candidates
selected for an interview will be contacted.
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