Website Nature Conservancy Canada
Norfolk Forests and Long Point Wetlands Conservation Technician
Taking care of our environment has never been more important than it is today. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is looking for a Conservation Technician to join the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the plants and animals they sustain.
Since 1962, NCC and its supporters have protected 15 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 local offices across the country, NCC delivers results you can walk on.
Purpose and General Description:
Are you passionate about conserving some of Southwestern Ontario’s most important natural spaces? Do you want to have a positive, lasting impact on nature? Are you looking for a well-rounded position to kick-start your conservation career with hands-on experience? We want to hear from you!
NCC is looking for a passionate person to join the Southwestern Ontario stewardship team as a Conservation Technician. Working closely with NCC’s Coordinator of Conservation Biology, this internship position will help the stewardship team conduct fieldwork in Norfolk Forests and Long Point Wetlands, process field data, and prepare reports. There are also opportunities to work closely with partner organizations, local stewards and volunteers. This position is intended to provide an inspiring, learning-focused environment for a junior professional.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Assist with a variety of fieldwork activities on NCC properties in the Norfolk Forest and Long Point Wetlands project area and Niagara Region including:
- Removing invasive plant species using manual and chemical control methods;
- General property management including trail monitoring and maintenance and sign installation;
- Conducting property inspections to check for natural disturbances, vandalism, trespass, emerging conservation threats, and risks and liabilities;
- Monitoring biodiversity targets (e.g. species at risk, vegetation communities) and threats (e.g. invasive species);
- Classifying ecosystems by identifying vegetation communities;
- Interacting with the public while conducting property maintenance;
- Assist with volunteer events and management;
- Data entry, analysis, research and reporting using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and an internal database system.
Required Skills and Attributes:
This posting is targeted to individuals possessing the following skills:
- Passionate about conserving nature;
- Love for being outdoors and the ability to work for extended periods in various weather conditions and over rough terrain;
- Willingness to learn and follow protocols;
- Flexible, reliable, and able to work well within a team environment;
- Self-motivated and comfortable working remotely and independently;
- Excellent organizational skills;
- Proficient with data management and spreadsheet software;
- Physical work will be required (e.g., strenuous hiking, carrying backpack sprayer, etc.);
- Valid class “G” driver’s license, ability to rent a vehicle and comfort driving on highways and rough roads.
The following additional skills and abilities would be assets in this position but are not required to apply. Training will be provided by NCC to further develop these skills:
- Basic knowledge of plants, wildlife and vegetation communities as well as experience using identification keys;
- Navigational skills including understanding of GPS devices or applications, compass, and air photo interpretation;
- Experience driving trucks and towing trailers;
- Comfortable working around water and able to swim;
- Experience with boats and/or Pleasure Craft Operator Card;
- Experience engaging with members of the public or volunteers;
- Experience working with herbicides and/or Ontario pesticide exterminator license;
- Experience with power tools, landscaping and small farm equipment (e.g. tractors, ATVs, weed eater);
- Chainsaw safety certification;
- Standard First Aid – Level C CPR certification.
Terms of Employment:
- Subject to funding, this is a 6 month position from late March to late September 2023
- Compensation: $19.40/hour;
- Position is based out of NCC’s office in Walsingham (Norfolk County, ON). There will be occasional day trips to NCC properties in the Niagara Region and there may be multi-day trips (up to 5 days at a time) to NCC’s field station on Long Point;
- Primary meeting locations for fieldwork are in rural areas and not accessible by public transit. The successful candidate will be required to arrange their own transportation to and from fieldwork meeting locations;
- The position may require occasional weekend and evening work;
- Positions will include “office work” that will be completed in a work-from-home setting or from NCC’s Walsingham office.
NCC is an equal opportunity employer. If you are interested in joining our team, please submit your cover letter and resume through our Conservation Internship Program page in our Career Centre. Please upload your cover letter and resume together under the Curriculum Vitae field in a single pdf document.
NCC welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
We value and incorporate diverse traditions, heritage, knowledge and experiences in our mission and in our workplaces. We celebrate the full participation of people from all walks of life as we work towards common goals. We strive for a conservation movement in which equity, diversity and inclusion are the norm. This is our continuous commitment: to promote healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet for everyone.
Application Deadline: February 15th, 2023, 11:59PM EST
Interviews to be held virtually on February 28th, 2023