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Employment Opportunities


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

This is a Summer Student Position. Assisting in natural heritage inventories, including terrestrial monitoring, Ecological Land Classification (ELC), invasive species monitoring, management, education, and community outreach.

The Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA) is seeking to fill the position of Natural Heritage Technician.


The technician will work primarily with the Terrestrial Biologist assisting in natural heritage inventories, including terrestrial monitoring (using Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network protocols), Ecological Land Classification (ELC), invasive species monitoring, management, education, and community outreach. Community outreach may involve delivering CLOCA’s Invasive Species education program to local residents, liaising with community groups by giving presentations to the public, and occasionally assisting with arranging volunteer events. The technician will also on occasion support the Restoration Coordinator with the delivery of CLOCA’s Private Land Stewardship program and Conservation Land Restoration projects. This work will include assisting with planting projects, landowner engagement, data management, and general project support.

The work will be primarily in the field (approximately 70%) with the remaining time spent on various duties in the office (e.g., data entry). Fieldwork will involve some physically demanding tasks; such as hiking with field gear, working near water, in inclement weather, extreme temperatures and around insects. The technician will be comfortable occasionally working alone in the field. Office work will consist of data entry using ArcGIS products (i.e. Survey123 and ArcMaps), and the use of Microsoft Office programs (i.e. Word, Excel and PowerPoint). The employee must comply with CLOCA’s Health and Safety Policy.

Key Responsibilities:

· Assist in Natural Heritage monitoring and management, including, but not limited to:

  • Implementing       CLOCA’s long-term terrestrial monitoring program

  • Conducting       ELC on public lands

  • Inventory,       map and monitor invasive plant species in local Conservation Areas

· Assist in Stewardship and Restoration programming, including, but not limited to:

  • Planting       project implementation (site preparation, planting, post-plant tending       and monitoring)

  • Landowner       engagement (program promotions, targeted marketing campaigns)

  • Forest       management program support

· Process and enter collected data

· Attend and provide support to community events

· Deliver presentations to community organizations where appropriate

· Assist, as required, with other CLOCA monitoring and restoration program needs


The successful candidate should have the following:

* University or college experience in biology/natural resources

* Experience completing fieldwork and using field equipment

* Flora identification skills

* Invasive species identification skills

* Comfort with public speaking to large audiences

* Ability to complete a variety of monitoring tasks with minimal supervision

* Familiar with Ecological Land Classification

* Familiar with the Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network

* Computer skills (ArcMap knowledge is an asset)

* Experience using a handheld GPS

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

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

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:

Erin Kerr, Terrestrial 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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