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Natural Heritage Assistant

Contract, Full Time, Newmarket Office

Salary Range $22.18 – $27.72 per hour

The Planning and Development department is seeking a Natural Heritage Assistant position that will report to the Natural Heritage Planning Coordinator and support the Conservation Authority's Natural Heritage program.  These can include, but are not limited to, plan review, Terrestrial Monitoring Program, Marsh Monitoring Program, inventory surveys, Natural Heritage System Restoration Strategy, and public initiatives. 

What you will do:

  • Assist in projects in the Planning and Development department such as the Natural Heritage System Restoration Strategy and Ecological Offsetting Plan
  • Assist with report writing, mapping and database management
  • Assist with site inspections and compliance monitoring, data requests and detailed design restoration/landscape plans
  • Assist with review of site specific EIS/NHE (e.g. severances), minor site plans and minor plans of subdivision including compliance field stakings
  • Working as part of a field crew conducting inventory and monitoring as per the programs of the LSRCA (breeding birds, amphibian monitoring & ELC).
  • Assist with field observations and data recording of flora and fauna in the watershed
  • Under direction of the Senior Natural Heritage Ecologist and/or Natural Heritage Ecologist assist with natural heritage projects
  • Ensure appropriate behaviour in the office and field as per the LSRCA Health and Safety Guidelines and represent the Authority as per appropriate Code and Conduct.

What you offer:

  • Post-secondary education (active or completed) in biology, ecology or related field or equivalent experience
  • Experience completing field work and using field equipment for environmental monitoring
  • Ability to complete a variety of tasks with minimal supervision and work effectively in a team environment
  • Ability to work under inclement conditions (i.e. bugs, weather and wetlands) and outside of regular business hours (evenings and early mornings)
  • Flora and fauna identification skills including amphibian call and bird identification skills
  • Current first aid/CPR certification is desired
  • General understanding with Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), ArcGIS, Airphoto/Orthophoto interpretation and GPS
  • Excellent time management, organizational and interpersonal skills combined with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Valid G class driver's license

Hours of Work:                 35 hour week, 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday

Start Date:                          May 2018

Please apply directly to, with a single pdf document that includes a résumé and covering letter to LSRCA's Human Resources, referencing Competition #10-2018, by 4:00 pm on March 20, 2018.

LSRCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  In accordance with AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005), LSRCA will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.  If you are contacted in regards to this competition and you require disability – related accommodations, please inform Human Resources. 

All personal information is collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. We thank all applicants for their interest in the LSRCA; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.