Website Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Earth Rangers

Opportunity Type:

Field Assistant, Terrestrial Inventories and Monitoring
Earth Rangers, 9520 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada Req #181
Monday, February 28, 2022
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, Terrestrial is responsible for assisting in various field monitoring and data collection activities in support of TRCA’s environmental monitoring programs and projects. This position participates in surveying terrestrial habitat and communities utilizing environmental monitoring instruments and equipment and following standardized protocols. This position also involves equipment maintenance and care, and environmental data entry. Health and Safety is a requirement of this position.

Major Responsibilities:

Perform the following tasks under supervision:

  • Assist with terrestrial field inventories and monitoring through the collection of environmental data (vegetation surveys including urban forests, breeding bird surveys, amphibian surveys, etc.) following specific protocols.
  • Perform data entry to transfer data from field sheets into spreadsheet or database format.
  • Use various types of monitoring equipment, including: GPS / Trimble units; and biological sampling equipment such as acoustic monitoring devices (bat meters, song meters) and various types of measuring devices (laser, vertex).
  • Assist with field observations, data recording, data management and specimen collection.
  • Ensure safety in the field (e.g. use of PPE).
  • Maintain equipment (storage, organization, minor repairs).
  • All activities are expected to be performed in a safe manner, in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its Regulations, along with Corporate Safety policies, procedures and programs.  All necessary personal protective equipment (will be provided by TRCA) must be used and maintained in good condition.

What will you need to succeed:

  • Actively pursuing or possess a post-secondary education in biology, ecology, forestry, environmental science, or a related field.
  • Valid G Class Driver’s License in good standing and own vehicle (requirement to travel outside of public transit hours).
  • Book 7 Traffic safety training is considered an asset.
  • Previous experience related to environmental monitoring and data collection using Ecological Land Classification, Marsh Monitoring, Forest Bird Monitoring, i-Tree Eco, etc. would be an asset.
  • Ability to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions and various times of day (e.g. early mornings, late evenings).
  • Strong interest in the ecology and flora of the Greater Toronto Area Ability to identify common flora and fauna/ species found in the Toronto area would be an asset.
  • Ability to use taxonomic keys to identify vascular plant species found in the Greater Toronto Area.
  • Strong verbal communication skills, interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team setting.
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office software programs, specifically Word and Excel.
  • Experience working with GIS software 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.
  • Offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits program (including Defined Benefit Pension Plan – OMERS/OTPP).
  • Provides unique TRCA Perks.
  • Provides flexible work arrangements.
  • Offers potential for career growth and advancement.

Position Details:

Vacancies: 3

Employment Type: Full-Time Contract

Duration of Employment: April 27 to October 28, 2022

Hours of Work: 35hrs/week

Work Location: Earth Rangers

Division: Development and Engineering Services

Business Unit: Watershed Planning and Ecosystem Science

Travel: 15 to 25%

To apply to this posting, click on the “Apply” icon. Please submit your resume and cover letter quoting job posting TRCA-072-22 prior to midnight on March 14, 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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