Environmental Technologist, Erosion Hazard Monitoring
Current Rate of Pay: Min = $37.09, Max = $40.21
Employment type: Full-Time Contract
Hours of work: 35hrs/week
Work location: Boyd Office
Division: Restoration and Infrastructure
Business unit: Erosion Risk Management
Remote Work: Hybrid
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:
Under the general guidance and direction of the Manager, Studies and Monitoring, the Environmental Technologist is responsible for providing support for the Erosion Risk Management Program. Primarily the work will assist the Analyst, Erosion Studies and Analyses with respect to collecting, reviewing, and analyzing data related to detailed technical assessments of erosion and flood control structures, shoreline stabilization structures, bluff recession, erosion hazards, infrastructure risk, and public inquiries throughout TRCA’s jurisdiction.
This position requires sound knowledge and understanding of erosion and stability processes, thorough understanding of the workings of the Erosion Risk Management Program, geospatial analytical and advanced technical skills. This position works closely with the Supervisor, Erosion Hazard Monitoring to assist with the analysis of post-storm monitoring sites (involving, but not limited to, the deployment of the Flood Risk Analysis Network (FRANK tool), geospatial assessment of annual inspection metrics, and undertaking quality control analyses for data collection and storage in the database. This position also helps mentor the Field Assistant and Environmental Technician positions and is expected to execute all tasks with minimal oversight from the Manager.
- Utilize available GIS-centric tools to assist with geospatial analyses, preparation of resulting mapping, documents and reports required to summarize the upcoming data collection and project implementation season.
- Review and QC completed inspection records to ensure the overall quality of collected data entered and stored in the Stream, Erosion and Infrastructure Database.
- Provide constructive feedback to the monitoring teams (Field Assistant and Environmental Technician) to help advance their knowledge and understanding of erosion and stability processes, and TRCA’s Erosion Management Program.
- Prepare technical reports for TRCA’s funding partners or Senior Staff upon completion of projects, as needed.
- Make recommendations regarding technical and functional improvements to the Erosion Management Program that will increase efficiency and efficacy.
- Make recommendations and support implementation for improvement of data collection, data storage, and data management of ERM inspection records.
- Provide research support for incorporation of new data collection technology (e.g. Remotely Piloted aircraft Systems (RPAS), Esri FieldMaps tablets, high-accuracy GPS technology, etc.).
- Draft and support business needs summaries to develop and maintain state-of-the-art geospatial analyses relating ERM inspection-collected data and its use in erosion risk assessments (e.g. - calculations, modular indices, etc.).
- Assists with the preparation and update of procedures and protocol documents as necessary.
- Proficient in leading and capably assisting with the following inspections:
- TRCA erosion control structures and shoreline stabilization structures;
- Bluff Recession Monitoring along the Scarborough Bluffs; and
- Erosion Hazard Sites throughout TRCA’s jurisdiction.
- Conduct site or structure inspections as a result of inquiries from the public, internal staff, and external partners, drafting clear and concise technical summaries identifying the reason for the inspection, observations on site, and proposed course of action(s) to address the issue(s).
- Conduct all field work safely, as per TRCA’s applicable Health and Safety Policies and complete Daily Safety Records.
- Professionally interact with all members of the public and elevate all inquiries/concerns/complaints to the Manager, Studies and Monitoring as necessary, always presenting a professional image of TRCA to the public.
- Interact with funding partners as needed to provide inspection data or inform them of emergency hazards if requested.
- Follow up with all received inquiries in a timely manner (within 1 business day).
What will you need to succeed:
- Minimum three-year college Diploma in Civil Engineering or Environmental Technology
- Minimum three years’ experience as Environmental Technician or equivalent experience
- Advanced knowledge of water resources engineering and fluvial geomorphology principles, as well as flood and erosion control structures
- Strong computer literacy in Microsoft Office software, managing/navigating databases, operating Global Positioning Systems (GPS), GIS-centric tools (e.g. ArcGIS), mobile data entry services, plans and design drawings, and orthoimagery
- Valid Ontario Driver’s License
- Strong teamwork and leadership skills, proven ability to interact effectively and courteously with all internal staff, external partners, and stakeholders
- Advanced verbal and written communication skills, excellent organization and time management skills, strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and an aptitude for risk assessment and mitigation opportunity identification
- Ability to participate in and pass TRCA Water Safety Seminar (e.g. in-water work)
- Good physical stamina as this position can be demanding and involves a combination of office and outdoor work, including in inclement weather
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 January 27, 2023.
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.
- Pay Type Hourly
- Employment Indicator Temporary Contract
- Min Hiring Rate $37.09
- Max Hiring Rate $40.21
- Travel Required Yes
- Travel % 5
- Required Education Diploma
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