Field Assistant, Erosion Hazard Monitoring

Field Assistant, Erosion Hazard Monitoring
Eastville, 1 Eastville Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada ● Restoration Services Centre, 9741 Canada Company Avenue, Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada Req #98

About TRCA:

With more than 60 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario, created to safeguard and enhance the health and well-being of watershed communities through the protection and restoration of the natural environment and the ecological services the environment provides.

TRCA works to protect the integrity and health of the rivers and creeks in the jurisdiction, develop a system of green and natural spaces that sustains local ecosystems, and advance sustainable practices that improve people’s lives within our growing region.

How you will contribute as part of the TRCA team:

The Field Assistant is responsible for providing field support for the Erosion Risk Management Program, primarily with respect to conducting technical reviews related to erosion and flood control structures, shoreline stabilization structures, and erosion hazards throughout TRCA’s jurisdiction.

Major Responsibilities:

– Assesses TRCA erosion control structures and shoreline stabilization structures.
– Assess the existing condition of structure(s) (qualitative) to identify deficiencies which may be/are negatively impacting the structure.
– Record measurements of the structure and measure deficiencies found.
– Capture accurate GPS readings of the structure location and location of deficiencies.
– Capture photographs of the structure and surrounding area to inform prioritization process.
– Prepare brief technical summaries on structure condition and make recommendations on maintenance priority.
– Efficiently and accurately enter data into TRCA’s database.
– Conducts monitoring of erosion hazard sites throughout TRCA’s jurisdiction.
– Ensure accurate measurements are taken and accurately recorded.
– Update or create new Erosion Hazard Scoring Records.
– Identify significant erosion/slope stability issues.
– Identify potential violations.
– Identifies and immediately reports emergency hazards, high priority sites and potential violations to their supervisor.
– Ensures inspection records include accurate coordinates, profile sketches and site photographs.
– Conducts inventories as requested on infrastructure condition, infrastructure risk due to watercourse activity, and erosion hazards which may put public safety or infrastructure at risk.

What will you need to succeed:

– Actively pursuing a post-secondary education in Environmental/Civil Engineering, Geology, Physical Geography, or related discipline.
– Valid Ontario Driver’s Licence in good standing.
– Completion of (minimum) first year of post-secondary education in one of the above programs.
– Ability to perform physical activities under adverse weather conditions that includes standing, walking and using monitoring equipment throughout the day.
– Strong computer skills.
– Familiar with map, plan, and air photo interpretation.
– Ability to work in a team environment with multiple objectives and tight deadlines.
– Familiarity with flood and erosion control structures is considered an asset.

What TRCA has to offer you:

As part of a progressive team you will have the opportunity to make a positive impact to preserving and protecting nature, while maintaining a balance between the natural environment and built environment. Working with experts within our field, you will join a team of colleagues that are committed to TRCA’s core values of integrity, collaboration, accountability, respect, and excellence (icare).

You will be part of a diverse and inclusive organization that:

– Makes a positive difference in the communities we serve.
– Fosters high performance and collaborative teams.
– Provides continuous learning and development opportunities.
– Provides unique TRCA Perks.
– Provides flexible work arrangements.
– Offers potential for career growth and advancement.

Position Details:

Vacancies: 14

Employment Type: Temporary Full-Time (Seasonal)

Duration of Employment: 4 months and 7 months

Hours of Work: 40hrs/week

Work Location: Eastville and RSC

Division: R&I

Business Unit: Erosion Risk Management

Travel: 15%

To apply to this posting, click on the “Apply” icon. Please submit your resume and cover letter quoting job posting TRCA-058-22 prior to midnight on February 18, 2022.

All new hires are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a precondition to being hired by TRCA.  TRCA will comply with its obligations pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code and any other applicable legislation.

While the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) thanks all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for interviews. Please be advised that successful incumbent(s) may be required to undergo a vulnerable sector screening and/or driver’s abstract check as a part of the final step in the hiring process.

TRCA is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace. Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and TRCA Policies, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to the TRCA. We welcome applications from all qualified persons.


Personal information you provide through the TRCA recruitment, selection and onboarding process is collected under the authority of the Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.27. Collection of this personal information is necessary for the proper administration of this recruitment process for employment and volunteer positions with TRCA. Personal information is protected from disclosure pursuant to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  Any questions regarding this collection activity should be directed to the Supervisor of Records, 101 Exchange Avenue, Vaughan, Ontario, L4K 5R6, (416) 661-6600 extension 5216.

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