Invasive Species Technician
We are currently seeking applications for an Invasive Plant Species Technician to provide support to primary exterminator/ecologist.
Working under the supervision of the primary exterminator/ecologist, the Invasive Plant Species Assistant Technician will assist in work related to the control of invasive plant species in natural areas. The Invasive Plant Species Assistant Technician is required to assist in implementing various control measures as part of a integrated pest management program in order to control invasive species spread on public and private property under the direction of the exterminator/ecologist. An Invasive Plant Species Assistant Technician is expected to be in good physical condition for manual work but capable to complete tasks such as social media content creation or invasive species research.
The work is in various locations across southern Ontario with emphasis in York Region. The daily start location is Whitchurch-Stouffville. Work can be scheduled between Monday to Friday. A 4-day work week is often adopted to optimize working days (40 hours/week) for a placement of a minimum of 17 weeks.
Activities would include some or all of the following tasks:
Travel, as needed, in work truck to work location sites;
Follow direction of experienced exterminator/ecologist and corporate and legislated policies related to the use of pesticides
Plant identification with particular emphasis on invasive plant species
Various invasive species control methods that may include the use of tools like chainsaws, brush saws, backpack sprayers etc.
Conduct preliminary assessment work related to invasive species control including mapping or species inventories
Use of professional media accounts and enhancing the social media profile
Take monitoring photographs
Filling out and posting pesticide signs
Use google docs or other collaborative online tools for various individual home tasks
Flexible working hours
Often working a 4-day work week
Opportunity for contract extension
Career development and opportunities to advance in the company
Certification and licensing options in the future (ex. Pesticide or chainsaw licences)
Working outdoors in a variety of locations across Ontario
The successful candidate should have:
G or G2 licence and reliable car to get to work sites or start location in morning;
Post-secondary education program related to environment or equivalent experience (Resource Management, Ecology, Biology, Science, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, etc.);
Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs;
Have experience working outdoors for long extended periods;
Have experience working in various weather conditions (heat, cold, rain, etc.);
A keen professional interest in ecology or invasive species;
Familiarization with legal drafting and legal documents related to real property activities;
The ability to organize and manage multiple ongoing assignments.
The following would be considered an asset:
Exterminator Licence (Forestry, Landscape, Industrial);
Experience with chainsaws, brush saws, or other tools:
Familiarization with IPM practices;
Knowledge about policies and legislation relevant to pesticide application and invasive species;
Experience with social media accounts;
Experience with website design and management using Wordpress.
Potential candidates are asked to refrain from telephone contact with inquiries.
Learn more about Restoration Artists by visiting our website; rest-art.ca, or our social media profiles @restorationartists.
Contract lengths: 18 weeks to 33 weeks with possibility of extension
Anticipated Start Date: May 1, 2023 (flexible)
Job Types: Full-time, Contract
Salary: $16.00- 18.00 /hour
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