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Employment Opportunities


Seasonal - April 29th, 2024 to August 30th, 2024 (18 Weeks)

This is a Summer Student Position. The aquatic monitoring assistant will be working on various projects in streams and wetlands located within the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA) jurisdiction.

The Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA) is seeking to fill five (5) positions for the role of Aquatic Monitoring Assistant.


The aquatic monitoring assistant will be working both independently and as part of a group on various projects in streams and wetlands located within the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA) jurisdiction. Aquatic monitoring will generally be collected in accordance with the Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network Protocol, Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol andthe Durham Region Coastal Wetland Monitoring Project Protocol. They will also assist with stream restoration projects utilizing basic construction techniques to build in-stream habitat structures. The employee must comply with CLOCA’s Health and Safety Policy.

The work will be primarily in the field (approximately 75%) with the remaining time spent on various duties in the office (e.g., data entry). Field work will involve some physically demanding tasks, e.g. electrofishing, assisting to carry a canoe, stream restoration activities, turtle monitoring, carrying equipment, seine netting, working in waders, walking on rough terrain trails etc. The aquatic monitoring assistant will be comfortable working around water, in inclement weather, extreme temperatures and around insects. Office work will consist primarily of data entry using Microsoft Office products (i.e. Word, Excel and Access) and ArcMap. The assistant will conduct themself in an appropriate manner suitable for an office environment.

Given the physical requirements, operation of vehicles, including a motorized boat, using chemicals, balancing in a canoe and using electroshocking equipment in bodies of water, this job is deemed safety sensitive.


The successful candidate should have the following:

* University or college experience in biology/natural resources

* Comfortable working in the field, all weather conditions

* Computer skills

* Valid Ontario driver's license and current first aid/CPR certification

* Pleasure Craft Operators Card

* Fish and benthic invertebrate identification experience is an asset

* Electrofishing certification is an asset

* Strong critical thinking skills

* Knowledge of stream restoration activities is considered an asset

* Comfortable working as an individual and within a team environment

* Staff must provide and wear green patch safety boots. Other required safety equipment as prescribed in the Health & Safety Manual is provided by the employer

Essential Physical/Cognitive Core Requirements:

Physical: have sufficient strength, co-ordination, balance and agility including movement of the neck, limbs and trunk to walk to destinations, carry a canoe (50lbs + with co-worker), enter and steer a boat, climb in/out of a vehicle or boat, walk on docks, carry a backpack through trails, catch fish, and safely operate tools . Ability to lift up to 40lbs, bend to lift canoe overhead. Work in all weather conditions outdoors, able to wear bug resistant long sleeve/pants clothing & repellent.


Cognitive Alertness: must have clear thinking, perception, alertness, reaction time, judgement and co-ordination necessary for the safe operation of the boats and other equipment used to complete the aquatic monitoring. Must have good judgement to assess weather conditions before entering body of water.

Vision:be able to see biological samples taken, forms, good peripheral vision and depth perception for operating vehicles, use of equipment, and if required use of corrective lens while driving or boating.

Hearing: ability to hear all weather or animal approach alerts and if required use of hearing aids while operating equipment.

Medications:cannot be under the influence of medications or substances that could adversely affect vision, perception, alertness, reaction time, judgement and co-ordination, balance or any mental or physical abilities necessary for the safe operation of the boat, other motorized vehicles or equipment which can pose a safety risk to self or others.

Wages and Benefits:

Wage Rate per Hour: $17.55 per hour Hours per Week: 35
There is a possibility of occasional evening/weekend work.

Closing Date for Resumes:

March 8, 2024

Or send cover letter and resume to:

Dan Moore, Aquatic Biologist

Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority

100 Whiting Avenue, Oshawa, ON L1H 3T3


We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates under consideration will be contacted. Central Lake Ontario Conservation is an equal opportunity employer in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code. CLOCA will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. Personal information provided is collected under the authority of The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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