Employment Opportunity – Watershed Monitoring Field Technician

Job Description

Title: Watershed Monitoring Field Technician
Contract duration: 4 Months, starting May 7, 2019 until the end of August 2019.
Summary: A key member of the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) team; the Watershed Monitoring Field Technician will assist with the implementation of watershed monitoring programs including both collections and management of data. The Watershed Monitoring Field Technician will also assist in the implementation of recommended watershed plans as per the Monitoring Strategy developed in 2016.

Main Responsibilities:
Assist in collecting field data for MVCA’s environmental monitoring programs. This includes but is not limited to the following:
• Sample lakes for a variety of parameters such as phosphorus, pH and dissolved oxygen and temperature profiles.
• Multiple cold and warm water stream studies using the Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol (OSAP).
• Electrofishing and identification of fish.
• Collection and identification of benthic macro-invertebrates.
• Support the City Stream Watch Program and work with volunteers.
• Assist with the planting of shorelines.
• Assist with invasive species identification and awareness.
• Take clear and legible field notes.
• Maintain field equipment, vehicles and labs.
• Maintain an accurate database and filing system.
• Participate in education and outreach: assist in the coordination of monitoring efforts; conduct demonstrations at community events; uphold a positive image of the MVCA within the community.
• Perform work in accordance with the provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations and all other corporate/departmental policies and procedures.
• Perform other related duties as assigned by supervisor.

Education/Experience/Skills:
• Applicants must be currently enrolled in and returning to a relevant university or college degree in the fall (e.g. environmental science, geography, etc.)
• Familiar with both fish and benthic identification
• Use of software including ArcGIS, databases, spreadsheets, word processing
• Valid Class G Driver’s License and pleasure craft operator’s card (can earn before start date)
• Confident driving with a boat and trailer
• Confident in a canoe
• Confident working in an outdoor environment for the majority of the summer
• Ability to lift 50 lbs. and work on uneven terrain

Resume Submission Deadline: February 16, 2019
Attention To: Please send resume and a brief cover letter to Kelly Stiles, Watershed Monitoring Supervisor (kstiles@mvc.on.ca)

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