Overview

The main role of the Ecological Technician will be to assist with conservation and ecosystem restoration at our nature reserves. This is an opportunity to build your skills and experience in topics such as invasive species management and species-at-risk conservation. Ecological Technicians primarily work outside in nature and must be comfortable working off-trail in any weather. May need to work from home some or all of the time.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Removing invasive plant species from nature reserves (methods include hand pulling, cutting using hand tools and pesticide application under proper supervision)
  • Assisting with inventory and surveys of natural features including plants and animals, as well as data entry
  • Assisting with species-at-risk inventory, monitoring, and conservation
  • Creating and maintaining hiking trails
  • Some property maintenance tasks such as installing signage, repairing fences, etc.
  • Assisting with public events including volunteer workdays, high school field trips, guided hikes, and other local events
  • Assisting in the preparation of educational materials such as trail guides, pamphlets, signs, and webpages

Experience, Abilities & Skills:

Must have:

  • A love of nature and the outdoors and a passion for the environment
  • Previous experience and enthusiasm for working outdoors, off trail, in all weather and conditions (e.g. rain, heat, mosquitoes)
  • At least a basic understanding of ecology and conservation biology
  • Ability to identify at least some of the following: plants (including invasive plants), birds, reptiles and amphibians present in southwestern Ontario
  • Excellent planning, organization, attention to detail, and time management skills
  • Good communication and teamwork skills to develop and maintain good working relationships with staff and volunteers
  • Imagination, forethought and sense of humour dealing with unexpected situations and complex stewardship requirements

Assets

  • Previous experience working with environmental conservation projects
  • A valid Ontario driver’s license and access to a vehicle
  • The ability to occasionally use your own laptop for this position
  • First Aid training

Eligibility:

  • Participant must be between 18 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment
  • Participant must be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Participant must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred
  • Participant must be able to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19.