Crew Leader, Ecosystem Management

9755 Canada Company Ave, Woodbridge, ON L4H 0A3, Canada Req #384
Friday, July 22, 2022

Position Details:

Current Rate of Pay: Min: $28.98 to Max: $31.42
Employment type: Temporary Full-Time

Duration of employment: 3 months with possibility of extension

Hours of work: 40 hours/week

Work location: Boyd Office

Division: Restoration and Infrastructure

Business unit: Restoration and Resource Management

Remote: No

Travel: Yes, 30%

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:

Reporting to the Technologist or Coordinator and under the direction of the Project Manager, the Crew Leader position is responsible for the daily support of planting implementation, communicating direction to field staff, and simple maintenance of vehicles and equipment. The Crew Leader provides support, technical expertise and leadership regarding planting restoration plans across the TRCA jurisdiction and leads crews to undertake planting implementation.

Overall, this position plays an integral role in the implementation and restoration projects including wetlands, streams, shoreline enhancements, forests, meadows, and storm water management. Additionally, this position is responsible for inspecting the work performed and completed by staff, as directed by the Coordinator or Technologist to ensure adherence to corporate and municipal policies, procedures and by-laws, and compliance with provincial and federal legislation. This position contributes to the strategic plan objectives including improvement of water quality and aquatic ecosystem health; a network of green space and green infrastructure; and improving protection of our natural systems.

Major Responsibilities:

Project Implementation

  • Responsible for site preparation and leading planting crews
  • Provide on-site support and site-supervision tasks within planting projects
  • Constantly adapt to site condition changes (weather, unexpected scenarios, equipment issues, design issues)
  • Adapt to changes in planting plan on a regular basis under the direction of a Project Manager or Coordinator/Technologist
  • Operate and maintain machinery and equipment as required (ranges from small tools to heavy equipment)
  • Ensure health and safety measures are met
  • Ensure site remains organized and in good condition
  • May be asked to perform site visits including project start up, progress of implementation, and close out
  • Provide general labor support

Project Planning

  • Interpret planting plans
  • Prepare on-site implementation documentation
  • Take part and/or obtain Ontario Health and Safety Documentation:
    • Form 1000
    • Ministry of Labour
    • Ontario Health and Safety
    • Book 7 Traffic Control
    • Water Safety
    • Incident Reports – Form 8
    • Vehicle and Equipment MTO CVOR Guidelines
    • Rescue Plans
  • Employee Training and Certification Participate in or lead daily safety meetings, including tailgate meetings, hazard identification and emergency planning
  • Transport dangerous goods (Fuel, Oil)
  • Participate in the collection of field data to identify and guide habitat restoration opportunities.
  • Adhere to TRCA Policy while executing daily tasks:
    • TRCA Vehicle Safety, off road utility vehicles contractors, self-propelled machinery, fuel handling and storage, working in/on water, working around water, personal protective equipment, transportation of employees and seat belts, WHMIS/GHS, heat stress, working in cold, general road safety and traffic control.


  • Oversee staff on-site on a daily basis under the direction of the Project Manager and/or Technologist/Coordinator 
  • May be asked to participate in or execute daily project logistics, tracking and scheduling
    • Vehicles, equipment, materials and staff time tracking
    • Vehicle and equipment maintenance
    • Site deliveries
    • Changing daily requirements
  • Communicate on-site with other agencies (occasionally and as needed) under the direction of a Project Manager and/or Technologist/Coordinator
    • Upper and Lower tier municipalities, Federal agencies (Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Parks Canada, Environment Canada, Canadian Wildlife Services, Transport Canada, Ports Toronto, Provincial agencies (Ministry of Natural Resources Forestry, Ministry of Environment and Climate change, Hydro One, Ontario Power Generation, Ministry of Transportation, Other Conservation Authorities, Niagara Escarpment Commission,   
    • Non-Governmental Agencies (e.g. Greater Toronto Airport Authority)
    • Community groups, landowners and the general public

Staff Development Support

  • Provide support for overseeing seasonal and full-time staff as needed
    • Seasonal staff during spring and fall
    • Assists in selections, interviews, hiring of seasonal field staff following TRCA’s interviewing and hiring protocol
    • Assist in or lead components of staff orientation
      • Two day orientation training (vehicle and equipment, safe loading and unloading, load securement, mechanical shop safety, utility vehicle, tool safety, operational procedures, post pounder, planting techniques, gas operated equipment, working around equipment and corporate vehicle training)
    • Mentor staff and provide daily staff direction, depending on the project
    • Adhere to TRCA’s performance management program
    • Provide input into incident reporting
    • Aid in the evaluation of performance of staff bi-annually
  • Works in collaboration with Project Manager and/or Technologist/Coordinator to manage staff conflicts and to develop resolutions
  • May be asked to help oversee approximately 5-10 staff
  • Provide input into daily site scheduling organization.

What will you need to succeed:

  • Post-secondary Degree or Diploma in resource management, restoration ecology, environmental sciences, fish and wildlife management or related field.
  • Valid Ontario G driver’s license in good standing.
  • Minimum 1-2 years of experience related to major tasks; resource management, restoration ecology, environmental sciences, fish and wildlife management or related field.
  • Knowledge of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, fish and wildlife and habitat requirements, Environmental regulatory legislation, plant identification and ecology.
  • Knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the public.
  • Effective problem-solving skills and leadership skills including staff supervision, coaching and mentoring.
  • Computer proficiency with software experience (MS PowerPoint, Excel, Word, ArcMap experience an asset).
  • Ability to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work as a team member.

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).
  • Pregnancy & Parental Leave Top-Up Program.
  • Provides unique TRCA Perks.
  • Provides flexible work arrangements.
  • Offers potential for career growth and advancement.

To apply to this posting, click on the “Apply” icon. Please submit your resume and cover letter prior to midnight on September 2, 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. 

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Employment Indicator Temporary Contract
  • Min Hiring Rate $29.98
  • Max Hiring Rate $31.42
  • Travel Required Yes
  • Travel % 30
  • Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
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