Summer Employment Opportunity
Thames Talbot Land Trust (TTLT) invites applications for the Canada Summer Jobs Program position of Ecological Technician.
Position Title: Ecological Technician
Reports to: Executive Director or Designate
Location: London, Ontario
Hours of work: 30 hours per week for 12-16 weeks (depending on funding), typically Monday to Thursday with occasional Friday or weekend work
Compensation: $15.50/hour Start Date: May 1st 2023 (negotiable)
About Us: TTLT’s mission is to protect, conserve, and restore nature within Elgin, Middlesex, Oxford and Perth counties, contributing to a stable climate, human wellbeing, and healthy habitats for all species. We manage a network of permanently protected nature reserves throughout this area, which includes part of the Carolinian Zone, one of the most diverse and endangered ecosystems in the country. This unique landscape contains 25% of Canada's population, but holds less than 1% of its land area. TTLT plays a crucial role in conserving and restoring this diverse landscape.
Position Summary: The main role of the Ecological Technician will be to assist with conservation and ecosystem restoration at our nature reserves. This is an opportunity to build your skills and experience in topics such as invasive species management and species-at-risk conservation. Ecological Technicians primarily work outside in nature and must be comfortable working off-trail in any weather.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
- Removing non-native plant species from nature reserves (methods include hand pulling, cutting using hand tools and pesticide application under proper supervision)
- Assisting with inventory and surveys of natural features including plants and animals, as well as data entry
- Assisting with species-at-risk inventory, monitoring, and conservation
- Creating and maintaining hiking trails
- Some property maintenance tasks such as installing signage, repairing fences, etc.
- Assisting with public events including volunteer workdays, high school field trips, guided hikes, and other local events
- Assisting with the preparation of nature reserve management plans, species at risk action plans, and other 1 similar documents
- Assisting in the preparation of educational materials such as trail guides, pamphlets, signs, and webpages
Experience, Abilities & Skills:
- A love of nature and the outdoors and a passion for the environment
- Previous experience and enthusiasm for working outdoors, off trail, in all weather and conditions (e.g. rain, heat, mosquitoes)
- At least a basic understanding of ecology and conservation biology
- Ability to identify at least some of the following: plants (including invasive plants), birds, reptiles and amphibians present in southwestern Ontario
- Excellent planning, organization, attention to detail, and time management skills
- Good communication and teamwork skills to develop and maintain good working relationships with staff and volunteers
- Imagination, forethought and sense of humour dealing with unexpected situations and complex stewardship requirements
- Previous experience working with environmental conservation projects
- A valid Ontario driver’s license and access to a vehicle
- The ability to occasionally use your own laptop for this position
- First Aid training
- be between 15 and 30 years of age at the beginning of the employment period;
- be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.
Please note this position, including the start date and duration of employment, is dependent upon funding.
We are committed to a selection process and work environment that is inclusive and barrier-free. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including applicants from all cultures and backgrounds, racialized communities, diverse sexual and gender identities, and physical or mental abilities. As well, accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process. We request that applicants please communicate specific needs to facilitate planning.
Please email your application to [email protected] by April 10th.
- Please combine your cover letter and resume into a single PDF
- The name of the PDF should be your name 2
- The subject of the email should be “Ecological Technician”
We would like to thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.