Technician, Natural Heritage Management (Wildlife Habitat Assessment – Birds)
The Credit Valley Conservation Authority (CVC) is a partnership of the municipalities within the Credit River Watershed. We are dedicated to the conservation, protection, restoration and sustainable development of the natural resources of our watershed. Together we have a long and successful history of ensuring a clean supply of water for human and environmental needs. At this time, we are seeking to fill the position of:Technician, Natural Heritage Management (Wildlife Habitat Assessment – Birds)
Summary of Functions
This position is responsible for field work and data collection in carrying out breeding bird inventories as well as conduct quality control reviews of data as part of the Wildlife Habitat Assessment Program. Under the direction of the Ecologist, Natural Heritage Management, the Technician will make preparations for the field work, help to orient and train a field Assistant, lead and supervise the Assistant during field data collection and mapping, ensure accuracy of data entry and final mapping products and conduct data analysis and reporting.
- Completion of at least 3 years of post-secondary education in biology, ecology or environmental studies.
- Demonstrated knowledge of ecological principles, ecosystems, natural heritage system design, and watershed planning.
- Substantial working experience with conducting breeding bird inventories required and familiarity with Ecological Land Classification (ELC) an asset.
- Excellent flora and fauna identification skills with particular strength in bird species identification of Southern Ontario by sight and sound.
- Familiarity of the birds of the Credit River an asset.
- Familiarity with scientific names of bird species an asset.
- Extensive field work experience and ability to work under inclement conditions (i.e. bugs, early mornings and weather).
- First Aid and CPR training required.
- Valid Class “G” Ontario driver’s license. The successful applicant will be required to provide a MTO Ontario Driver’s Abstract.
- Strong attention to detail.
- Excellent organizational and communication skills required.
- Supervisory experience an asset.
- Strong technical writing and analytical skills an asset.
- Basic knowledge of GIS, ArcView and Microsoft Access an asset.
Summary of Major Tasks
- Lead a small field crew in inventory and mapping of breeding birds to support conservation area management and to support the assessment and identification of locally rare bird species, bird species of conservation concern, and significant wildlife habitat.
- Conduct a review and quality control check of waterfowl, shorebird, colonial nesting and winter raptor data.
- Support the development of a grassland management strategy to guide watershed and conservation area management, and ecological restoration.
- Some landowner contact may be required. Field equipment preparation and organization. Site navigation using orthophotos and GPS unit.
- Participate in the orientation and training of an Assistant and mentor the Assistant safely in field data collection
- Responsible for the organization of collected data and its entry into MS Access database, ensuring accuracy.
- Lead the Assistant in data entry
- Conduct Quality Control reviews on entered data and on mapping digitized by GIS staff.
- Conduct basic, brief analysis of data at each site visited and write a set of recommendations for each site.
- Anticipated Start and End Dates: April 17, 2017 – September 1, 2017 (35 hours/week)
Salary starting at: $53,117
Forward resume by April 2, 2017 to:
Please quote "Technician, Natural Heritage Management (Wildlife Habitat Assessment – Birds)" on resume/letter. Resumes/letters submitted electronically must be submitted in Microsoft Word format.
We thank all applicants for their interest. However only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.
CVC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005), CVC will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If you require disability – related accommodations, please inform the Human Resources (HR) staff. All personal information is collected under the authority of the municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.