Invasive Species Technician - Ontario (Walsingham)

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962 NCC and its supporters have protected 2.8 million acres (more than 1.1 million hectares) of ecologically significant land across Canada. NCC takes a collaborative, science-based approach to achieve conservation success for the sake of nature and Canadians. With a national office in Toronto and seven regional offices across the country, NCC delivers results you can walk on.

Purpose and General Description

The Invasive Species Technician (IST) will work closely with NCC’s Invasive Species Program Director (ISPD) in Ontario to support invasive species control work with a focus on Phragmites control in the Long Point region.  NCC lead’s Canada’s largest invasive Phragmites control program, working on public and private lands within our Southern Norfolk Sand Plan Natural Area. This dynamic, groundbreaking program strives to increase public awareness about the impacts of invasive Phragmites, provides control services and works closely with partners and landowners to implement best management practices in the Natural Area. The IST position will assist with administration and on-the-ground management of the Phragmites control program as well as stewardship activities on NCC’s properties.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct invasive species mapping in the field for NCC and partner properties;
  • Monitor biodiversity targets (e.g. species at risk, vegetation communities);
  • Assist with Phragmites control actions including manual and mechanical removal, chemical control (herbicide), and prescribed burn administration;
  • Assist with the maintenance and operation of specialized control tools and equipment such as Stihl Kombi units, herbicide spray systems, Jon boats, ATVs and amphibious tracked vehicles and others as needed to complete necessary tasks;
  • Implementation of invasive Phragmites Best Management Practices activities as a follow-up to herbicide control activities;
  • Support the ISPD in acquiring the necessary authorizations and approvals to undertake invasive species stewardship activities;
  • Assist with data collection and entry, analysis and reporting as required to meet permit and authorization requirements.

Required Skills and Attributes

This posting is targeted to individuals possessing the following skills:

  • Demonstrated interest in conservation issues in Ontario;
  • Experience/knowledge in collecting and compiling information on natural areas, including natural features, threats etc.;
  • Ability to identify common Ontario plants, wildlife and vegetation communities as well as experience using dichotomous identification keys;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Highly motivated, analytical and detail oriented; creative, pro-active thinker;
  • Ability to work well within team structure;
  • Proficient with word processing, desktop publishing, and spreadsheet software;
  • Ability to work outdoors for extended periods in remote areas under difficult and uncomfortable weather conditions (e.g. cold winter temperatures, snowfall and heavy rain) and on rough terrain;
  • Ability to carry heavy equipment for long hours over rough terrain;
  • Comfortable using herbicides, operating power tools and working with heavy machinery;
  • Navigational skills including experience with field GPS unit, compass, and air photo interpretation;
  • Valid class “G” driver’s license and ability to rent a vehicle in Ontario.

The following additional accreditations, skills and abilities would be assets in this position:

  • A valid Ontario Pesticide exterminator license;
  • Standard First Aid - Level C CPR first-aid certification;
  • A valid Ontario Pleasure Craft Operators Certificate;
  • A valid recognized chainsaw operator certification and demonstrated experience operating a chainsaw;
  • Experience operating Stihl Kombi unit brush cutters, farm utility vehicles, power tools, lawn tractors and other mechanized stewardship equipment; experience driving pickup trucks and towing utility trailers.

Terms of Employment

  • This is a full-time position within the period of Tuesday, September 3, 2019 – Friday, December 20, 2019.
  • $16.00/hour for a 37.5 hour work week;
  • Position is based out of Walsingham, ON.
  • Position may require some weekend and evening work.
  • Funding restrictions for this position require that all applicants meet the following criteria;
    • Must be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of the employment;
    • Must have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic semester (summer 2019) and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic semester (January 2020). Co-op students are eligible;
    • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of employment;
    • Must have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

To Apply

  1. Fill out our brief questionnaire (please allow 5-10 minutes to complete): 
  2. Email your application to the email address that will be provided upon completion of the questionnaire, following the instructions provided

To be considered for these positions, please ensure your:

  • Email subject line is “2019 Invasive Species Technician – Ontario
  • cover letter is a maximum of one page long
  • cover letter and resume are saved together in one pdf file
  • pdf file name is your: First name Last name (e.g. “Jane Smith.pdf”)

Applications that do not fulfil these submission requirements will not be considered.

Application Deadline: Friday, June 21, 2019 (11:59 PM EST)

Late applications will not be considered.

No telephone calls please. We thank everyone who applies for their interest in the Nature Conservancy of Canada; however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 

At the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) we strive to promote diversity in the workplace and encourage applications from all qualified individuals. 

NCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, we will provide accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process. If selected to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please inform Human Resources staff of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require.

We thank everyone who applies for their interest in the Nature Conservancy of Canada; however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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