The Maitland Valley Conservation Authority is currently accepting applications for a 1-year contract position of Stewardship Technician. Maitland Conservation is a community-based organization dedicated to providing leadership to protect and enhance local water, forests and soil. Our area of jurisdiction covers the watersheds of the Maitland, Nine Mile and Eighteen Mile Rivers, along with smaller watersheds along the Lake Huron shoreline.
Location: Maitland Conservation Administration Office in Wroxeter, ON
Desired starting Date: Feb. 15, 2023
Position Overview: The Stewardship Technican reports to the Stewardship Services Coordinator. This position supports delivery of stewardship programming by completing a variety of tasks including landowner contact, initial site visits, administrative tasks and data collection. The primary focus is restoration projects but the position will also be involved in a variety soil and water conservation projects.
Key Tasks and Responsibilities
General Program Delivery
- Answer calls and emails from landowners who are interested in a variety of stewardship projects, including but not limited to, restoration, cover crops, and well decommissioning.
- Review available mapping and prepare resources for site visits.
- Conduct initial stewardship site visits with landowners.
- Help landowners complete application forms for programs including Rural Water Quality Programs.
- Prepare and present project applications to review committees for project funding, and complete any associated administration tasks.
- Contact applicants and request updates on approved projects.
- Inspect sites for completion and process expense claim forms.
- Enter stewardship project data using Microsoft Access and ArcGIS.
- Prepare draft planting plans to be reviewed by Restoration Lead and Register Professional Foresters.
- Flag sites prior to planting.
- Plant trees and shrubs, and native seed mixes.
- Complete site survival assessments and summarize results in Microsoft Excel.
Annual Tree and Shrub Order
- Answer general landowner inquiries related to tree order pick-ups.
- Unload nursery trailers, sort orders and load stock for customers.
- Contact customers to schedule pick-up.
- Collect soil and water samples for monitoring programs.
- Assist with crop and tillage windshield survey data collection.
- Conduct cover crop site inspections to measure crop residue percent.
- Data entry for monitoring programs.
- Diploma or degree in forestry, ecological restoration, environmental science, geography, agriculture or a related discipline.
- A minimum of 1 year experience related to key responsibilities.
- Knowledge and understanding in either forestry, restoration or agriculture.
- Possess strong communication skills (written and oral) and an ability to effectively convey technical information to a broad range of stakeholders.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with private landowners on environmental projects.
- Ability to work effectively both independently and in multidisciplinary
- Willingness to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions when required.
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite and ArcGIS.
- Valid driving license.
- Normal working hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday
- A hybrid option incorporating a mixture of in-office and remote work is available.
- May be required to adjust working hours to meet workplan and Authority needs.
- May require limited evening and weekend work for flood related emergencies and special events
Contract Length: 12 months
Wage Range: $27.21 per hour (based on 37.5 hours/week)
Vacation: 15 Days
Application Deadline: January 20, 2022 at 4:00pm
To apply, please submit a cover letter and your resume in a single PDF(.pdf) file with Stewardship Technician in the subject line to:
Chris Van Esbroeck, Stewardship Services Coordinator
Box 127, 1093 Marietta Street
Wroxeter, Ontario. N0G 2X0
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. We will accommodate the needs of applicants in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the recruitment process. Please advise us to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated.