Employment Details


Posting: 20210504
Date Posted: May 4, 2021
Closing Date: May 13, 2021

Part-time Contract, approximately 6 weeks as needed, starting May 25th

Conservation Halton was established more than 60 years ago to protect our communities from flooding and erosion and manage and restore natural resources of the watershed. We have grown to become so much more. Today, it is our responsibility to prepare our communities for the impacts of climate change, support our partners in creating more sustainable communities, manage our natural areas and resources within the watershed, monitor and enhance the environmental health of our watershed and create opportunities to connect with nature through recreation and education.

We believe that diverse backgrounds and unique perspectives make us stronger. Conservation Halton is committed to be an equal opportunity employer, creating an inclusive work environment and encouraging employees to be their most authentic self, no matter their ethnic background, religious beliefs, age demographic, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical ability, mental health or general appearance.

Four years ago, Conservation Halton started a process of transformation through our strategic plan, Metamorphosis. That strategic plan was an important first step for us to better understand the needs of our community and lay the groundwork for what needed to be done. Metamorphosis has now reached its end, but it is more important than ever for us to plan for the future. Our new strategic plan, Momentum, positions us to use the improvements and achievements we have made to carry us into the future for a more green, resilient, connected tomorrow. We are looking to build our team with the kind of inspired, ambitious, and strategic people that are not satisfied with the status quo, are excited by the opportunity in every challenge and are driven by meaningful, measurable results. If you are looking to join an environmentally-focused and socially-conscious community organization, then we are looking for you!

Your Opportunity

We’re looking for a birder to assist Conservation Halton with breeding bird surveys as part of Conservation Halton’s Long-term Environmental Monitoring Program (LEMP). Are you a collaborative, detail-oriented team player looking for an opportunity to join an environmentally focused, socially conscious community organization? We’re looking for you!

Reporting to the Terrestrial Monitoring Ecologist, the Birder is responsible for completing breeding bird surveys in support of Conservation Halton’s Long-term Environmental Monitoring Program. Surveys will be conducted at a number of forest and wetland sites in the Conservation Halton watershed using both the Forest Bird Monitoring Protocol and the Marsh Monitoring Program protocol. Two surveys are to be completed at each site between mid-May and mid-July according to protocol requirements. An initial site visit/orientation will be conducted with the successful applicants in May.

Your Qualifications

  • Expert ability (visual and auditory) to identify all birds under field conditions that would be expected within forested and wetland habitats of Ontario
  • Experience using the Forest Bird Monitoring Protocol and Marsh Monitoring Program protocol
  • Ability to locate sites in the field using UTM coordinates and traverse rough terrain
  • Proficient record keeping and attention to detail
  • Ability to use Microsoft Excel and Word to enter results and organize data
  • Familiarity with habitats, landscape, and parks of the Conservation Halton watershed an asset
  • Perform his/her duties in accordance with Conservation Halton’s Safety Policy and Procedures and in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations
  • Perform such other related duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Coordinator, Monitoring Ecology
  • Demonstrate a strong working knowledge of the natural resources of the watershed based on field experience, including superior identification skills (visual and auditory) for Ontario birds
  • Possess strong data management skills including knowledge of computer programs such as Excel and Word
  • Able to develop a work plan, organize and schedule work flow in accordance with suitable weather conditions for surveying
  • Flexible schedule to accommodate weather conditions (e.g. working some days and not others).
  • Able to work independently in potentially isolated setting (e.g. interior forest habitats)
  • Able to work outdoors in a variety of conditions (including challenging terrain) and to adapt to the daily challenges associated with field work and early morning/evening surveys
  • CPR and first aid certification preferred
  • Possess a valid driver’s licence and personal transportation to and from study sites.

Your Reward

  • Starting at $36.90 per hour; variable hours each week based on suitable weather conditions for surveys
  • You will work in an inspiring setting with views of the Niagara Escarpment and no traffic lights for several miles
  • You will work with a creative, talented and solutions-focused team
  • You will work for an organization that provides flexible work arrangements and places tremendous value on professional development and wellness of its employees
  • Free access to Conservation Ontario parks
  • Season passes and lift tickets for the Glen Eden ski and snowboard area
  • Discounts on Conservation Halton services, food and merchandise

Our Core Values

Diversity and Inclusion - We endeavor to understand, accept and appreciate the value of our differences and encourage authenticity.
Learning and Innovation - We embrace the need for continuous improvement, the opportunity to learn from
others and the benefits of sharing knowledge.
Person-Centered Service - We make people a priority through customer-centred engagement, predictive problem-solving and high-quality service.
Collaboration - We seek out and trust in the skills, expertise and experience of others in order to achieve our common ambition.
Sustainability - We consider the environmental impact of everything we do and always keep future generations in mind when making decisions.
Integrity - We make decisions with accountability, transparency and a strong sense of personal responsibility for our choices and actions.
Resilience - We are positive and proud of our ability to quickly and effectively respond to change.

To Apply

Please email your application to careers@hrca.on.ca by May 13, 2021

Your application should include:

  • Your resume and cover letter in one pdf document
  • Reference your name and the position title in the subject line
  • We thank all applicants for their interest however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

    In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Conservation Halton will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. Personal information provided is collected under the authority of The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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