Technician, Ecosystem Management (Community Stewardship Program)

Restoration Services Centre, 9741 Canada Company Avenue, Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada Req #610
Friday, January 20, 2023

Position Details:

Current Rate of Pay: Min = $31.79/hr, Max = $34.47/hr

Employment type: Temporary Full-Time

Duration of employment: 1 Year

Hours of work: 35 hrs/week

Work location: Restoration Services Centre

Division: Restoration and Infrastructure

Business unit: Restoration and Resource Management (Community Stewardship Program)

Travel: 30%

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:

The Technician  position is highly integrated with the day to day activities of the Team which is responsible for delivering TRCA’s Community Stewardship Program across the TRCA jurisdiction. Specifically, this position assists with the coordination and delivery of the community stewardship activities and projects, follow up project maintenance, metrics tracking and assist with administrative responsibilities as needed.

  • During Non-Peak Field Season (Early March to Mid April and Early June to Mid September) typical Monday to Friday schedule of 35/week with occasional chance of evening or weekend work.  
  • During Peak Field Season (Mid April to Early June and Mid September to Early November) high frequency of weekend and potential work.  During this period, staff will have the opportunity to "Time-Shift" and/or work extra hours per week (not exceed 44hrs/week).as needed.

Major Responsibilities:


Community Stewardship Support & Program Development


Support Program Manager and Coordinators with securing suitable sites for community stewardship and citizen science activities. This involves:

  • Conduct site visits and identify and mediate any hazards.
  • Assisting coordinators with reviewing, assessing, and adjusting program protocols as needed.
  • Assist project manager and coordinators with the development of Standard Operating Procedures and Best Practices for community stewardship and citizen science activities.
  • Assist with the development of marketing materials to support programs and community engagement activities.
  • Participating in meetings and site visits with appropriate team members, project partners/participants as required.
  • Train seasonal and contract field staff.


Project Implementation & Community Events and Activities


Delivering in the field projects, community engagement events and programs under the guidance of the Project Manager and Coordinators.  Example projects, events and programs include: 

  • Preparing sites for community stewardship projects and activities.
  • Lead field activities such constructing meadow plots and small-scale habitat structures.
  • Delivering community stewardship events – responsible for managing overall safety of events including site safety, safety plan for event, safety talk and safety of participants.
  • Conducting regular monitoring and maintenance of newly restored sites.
  • Support Coordinator with training of volunteers to deliver citizen scientist volunteer activities including monitoring and maintenance of newly restored sites, invasive species management and turtle nest identification and protection.
  • Assist with program delivery and lead field crews for the Toronto Ravine Youth Program.


This work involves:

  • Coordination with Team members and staff from other TRCA Teams and divisions.
  • Coordinating participants.
  • Addressing and overcoming challenges due to site and environmental conditions.
  • Ensuring safety of staff and participants in the field.
  • Ensuring that all necessary tools, supplies and materials are available and delivered for each event/activity.
  • Conducting site safety assessment, planning and risk avoidance and mitigation.
  • Supervise participants and/or volunteers.
  • Making on-the-spot decisions on the event day (e.g. logistics, partner coordination, customer service, contingency plans).


Monitoring, Reporting & Administrative Tasks

  • Conduct post project and event evaluations and report back to supervisor, Program Manager and Team.
  • Tracking and recording activity metrics
  • Enter data into Watershed Services Activity Tracking Database.
  • Assist staff team with collection, analysis and preparation of technical report based on data collected through citizen science programs.
  • Attend EM Team Coordination Meetings.
  • Participate in Program evaluations and future planning by contributing ideas and perspectives, based on project experience.
  • Assist staff team with procurement - contact vendors and service providers to secure quotes.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or as required with departmental or divisional objectives.
  • In consultation with Program Manager, completes work plans, performance evaluations and professional development plans.
  • Lead review and updates of to Community Stewardship Standard Operating Procedures, Protocols and Best Practices.
  • Identify funding opportunities and assist with prepare funding applications.
  • Works in a safe manner, complete and renew health and safety modules in accordance with TRCA policies and procedures, utilizes all required health and safety equipment and personal protective equipment, and follows all measures and practices in accordance with the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act.


What will you need to succeed:

  • Possessing post-secondary education in biology, environmental science, resource management or a related field and pursuing a career in environmental or related field
  • Work experience in environmental field.
  • Experience working with community groups and volunteers.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of watershed ecosystems, natural science, and urban restoration techniques and monitoring.
  • Excellent communication skills in all modes (written, verbal, presentations, social media etc.) and ability to gear information to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to perform strenuous tasks outdoors, with the potential for rough terrain and adverse weather conditions.
  • The ability to identify common flora and fauna.
  • Knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
  • Valid G driver’s license.

To apply to this posting, click on the “Apply” icon. Please submit your resume and cover letter prior to midnight on February 3, 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

  • Employment Indicator Temporary Contract
  • Min Hiring Rate $57,862.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $62,732.00
  • Travel Required Yes
  • Travel % 30
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