Invasive Species Assistant
The Riverwood Conservancy (TRC) is a volunteer-based charity in Mississauga that provides programs to the community in nature and environmental education, natural areas stewardship / conservation and gardening.
Invasive plants pose a significant threat to the Riverwood ecosystem. Reporting to the Conservation Manager (CM), in this full-time summer position, the Invasive Species Assistant (ISA) will follow the Stewardship Management Plan to systematically remove invasive plants from Riverwood’s natural areas and help restore its ecological integrity. The ISA will organize, train and lead volunteer teams to protect and restore Riverwood’s ecosystem.
· Develop an evening and weekend high school/community volunteer Invasive Species Task Force, supported by the CM.
· Schedule, communicate with, lead, and supervise a diverse range of volunteers of different cultures, ages and abilities.
· Identify priority treatment areas from baseline data, supported by the CM who will systematically identify populations of Invasive plants to be managed.
· Track and record extend of invasive plants removed by treatment area, weight removed, percent cover data before and after treatment, and photo documentation.
· Map information into Esri ArcMap GIS software, with a focus on clear organization.
· Maintain the health of current restoration areas by monitoring, assessing invasive plant treats, and occasionally planting native plants to supplement restoration plans.
· Lead volunteer training sessions on safety protocols, safe removal procedures, including identification of hazardous plants, equipment and tool use, and volunteer procedures.
· Prepare equipment for events; maintain the equipment and organization of toolshed.
· Support related corporate and community stewardship events, as needed.
· Collect volunteer forms and track all volunteer hours provided.
· Prepare weekly activity log.
· Foster understanding and appreciation of green spaces, and reasons to revitalize them.
· Present results to Stewardship Committee and TRC staff.
· Support the Conservation Manager as needed, and as time permits with research, administrative tasks or aquaria care.
Skills and qualifications:
Interest in ecology, environmental science, land management or related field.
A clear Vulnerable Sector Check.
Plant identification skills are an asset.
Excellent leadership skills; previous volunteer leadership experience an asset.
Excellent communication, organizational and multi-tasking skills.
Ability to use GIS independently is an asset.
Ability to work independently and be able to adapt to change quickly.
Appreciation of the environment and outdoor work.
Training in first aid is an asset and further health & safety training will be provided.
Able to work from home and be able to attend virtual meetings while doing so.
A professional written report summarizing extent/quantity of invasive plants removed and locations on the property, total number of volunteer hours contributed to ISTF, with recommendations on future site treatments and approaches.
Start date is expected to be May 31 with an end date of August 6, with a possibility of extension pending funding. The hourly wage is $15.25 per hour; work-week is Monday to Friday.
Interested candidates are required to submit a resume and cover letter by email (in Word or PDF format only) by Sunday May 16, 2021 to:
The Riverwood Conservancy thanks everyone for applying but resources allow us to reply only to those candidates who are selected for an interview.
You must sign in to bookmark this listing.