TITLE: Stewardship Technician
LENGTH: 8 Months: April – December 2019
REPORTS TO: Manager of Planning and Regulations
SUMMARY: The Stewardship Technician will identify, undertake and deliver stewardship initiatives within the watershed to protect and enhance water, soils, wetlands and forests. The Stewardship Technician also is responsible for encouraging land owners to undertake stewardship programs throughout the watershed.
- Provide advisory services to watershed landowners on a variety of topics such wetlands and habitat management for commercial, agricultural and recreation land uses.
- Encourage land owners to undertake stewardship projects, and provide advice to watershed residents related to shoreline rehabilitation.
- Perform the planning and implementation of private property shoreline planting projects which includes conducting site visits, drawing site plans, selecting suitable plant species, organizing volunteers and planting trees.
- Conduct monitoring of previous planting sites.
- Coordinate stewardship education and outreach events, such as planting days, invasive species removals, and stream clean ups.
- Develop and submit funding proposals for stewardship initiatives.
- Implement and manage the City Rural Clean Water Program.
- Work with the City of Ottawa Stream Watch monitoring program to identify potential stewardship sites.
- Assist in identifying areas for stream and waterfront restoration.
- Assist in collecting field data including flow, water levels, benthic, stream surveys and surface water and groundwater quality data.
- Analyze and report on stewardship and monitoring data as required.
- Prepare and deliver reports and presentations at public, municipal and Authority meetings as required.
- Liaise with provincial government staff, municipalities, other agencies, and the general public.
- Maintain an accurate database and filing system.
- Maintain field equipment, vehicles and labs.
- Perform work in accordance with the provisions of Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations and all other corporate/departmental policies and procedures.
- Perform other related duties as assigned by supervisor.
- Relevant university or college degree (e.g. environmental science, geography, planning)
- Two to three years of progressive related experience.
- Experience and formal training combined with demonstrated performance and ability may substitute for stipulated academic/experience requirements.
- Valid Class G Drivers License and access to a personal vehicle.
- Working knowledge of applicable occupational health and safety legislation; general knowledge of relevant corporate/departmental policies.
- Working knowledge of sampling and monitoring protocols.
- Tree and shrub identification skills (both native and invasive).
- Able to work independently and as a team leader.
- Use of software including ArcGIS, databases, spreadsheets and word processing.
- Fatigue resulting from focusing on and juggling multiple accountabilities and priorities; dealing with constant deadlines during sampling season.
- Fatigue resulting from a very high degree of concentrated attention, focused thinking/analysis/interpretation; especially when conducting field work.
- Physical effort when lifting, pushing or pulling weights in excess of 10 kg such as coolers, generator, sampling equipment, plants.
- Working on uneven terrain.
- Work is performed in both an indoor and outdoor environment with occasional exposure to adverse weather conditions.
- Occasionally exposed to difficult clientele.
- Occasionally exposed to insects, fumes.
- Regularly required to travel within the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority’s territory. There may be an occasional requirement for travelling greater distances.
- Required to extend hours of work to meet work demands including peak periods where required to work evenings or weekends.
Qualified candidates are invited to submit a resume and cover letter in MS WORD or ADOBE PDF file format, no later than March 29, 2019 to:
Matt Craig, Manager of Planning & Regulations
Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority
10970 Hwy 7, Carleton Place Ontario, K7C 3P1
We thank all applicants for your interest; however, only those candidates under consideration will be contacted. We are committed to fostering an inclusive, barrier-free and accessible environment. This commitment includes arranging accommodations to ensure an equitable opportunity to participate in the recruitment and selection process. If you require an accommodation, please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.