Field Assistant, Aquatic (Seasonal)

Earth Rangers, 9520 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada Req #638
Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Position Details:

Vacancies: 5

Current Rate of Pay: Min = $19.87/hr, Max = $21.54/hr

Employment type: Full-Time Contract

Duration of employment: March – October 2023

Hours of work: 35 – 44hrs/week

Work location: Earth Rangers

Division: Development and Engineering Services

Business unit: Watershed Planning and Ecosystem Science

Travel: Yes

Remote Work: None


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 is considered the provincial leader in conserving, restoring, and managing natural resources to advance safe and sustainable development.

How you will contribute as part of the TRCA team:

Under supervision, the Field Assistant, Aquatic Monitoring and Management carries out Lake Ontario waterfront and inland lake monitoring and data collection in support of TRCA’s environmental monitoring programs and projects. This position also involves equipment maintenance and environmental data entry. This is a field position.


Major Responsibilities:

Perform the following tasks under supervision:

  • Perform field work and environmental data collection, including fish, benthic invertebrate, water quality, sediment, and aquatic habitat following specific protocols.
  • Use various types of monitoring equipment, including boats, GPS units, water quality instruments, water level / temperature loggers and biological sampling equipment such as electrofishing units and various types of nets.
  • Maintain equipment (storage, organization, minor repairs).
  • Organize field data records and enter environmental monitoring data into internal and external databases.
  • All activities are expected to be performed in a safe manner, in accordance with the Occupation Health and Safety Act and its Regulations, along with Corporate Safety policies, procedures and programs. All necessary personal protective equipment (provided by TRCA) must be used and maintained in good condition.
  • Assist with other field work as required.

What will you need to succeed:

  • Post-secondary education in biology, environmental science, resource management, or a related field.
  • G Class Driver’s Licence.
  • Ability to work in, on, and around water (including Lake Ontario).
  • Ability to identify fish commonly found in the Toronto area is considered an asset.
  • Familiarity with biological sampling equipment, including boat and backpack electrofishing units, sampling nets, and environmental monitoring instruments is an asset.
  • Comfortable working on watercraft from canoes to vessels up to 32 feet in length.
  • Ability to lift up to 22 kg (50 lbs).
  • Ability to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions.
  • Strong verbal communication skills, interpersonal skills, and ability to work in a team setting.
  • Computer literacy.


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 by demonstrating the following behaviours; 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 February 8, 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. 

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Employment Indicator Seasonal
  • Min Hiring Rate $19.87
  • Max Hiring Rate $21.54
  • Travel Required Yes
  • Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
Location on Google Maps
  • Earth Rangers, 9520 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada