Website Lakehead Region Conservation Authority
Lakehead Region Conservation Authority
Position: Environmental Technician (1 position)
Reports To: GIS/Water Resources Technologist and Watershed Manager
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario
Date: May 8, 2023 to August 25, 2023 (16-week contract)
Wage: $15.50 per hour
Please submit a cover letter and resume to the attention of Tammy Cook, Chief Administrative Officer. The application deadline is March 29, 2023.
Eligibility requirements for applicants:
Applicants hired must meet the eligibility criteria of the Canada Summer Jobs Program:
- be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment*
- be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment**; and,
- have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations
*The youth must be 15 years of age at the beginning of the employment period. The youth may be more than 30 years of age at the end of the employment period as long as the youth was 30 at the beginning of the employment period.
**International students are not eligible participants. International students include anyone who is temporarily in Canada for studies and who is not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada. Youth awaiting a refugee status ruling, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, youth visa or work visa are ineligible. As the objective of the Canada Summer Jobs program is to support youth entering the Canadian labour market, the temporary nature of an international student’s time in Canada does not allow for a long-term connection to the labour market.
The Environmental Technician will assist the GIS/Water Resources Technologist to administer LRCA’s long-term and real-time watershed monitoring programs, including the Provincial Water Quality Monitoring Network, Provincial Groundwater Monitoring Network, Bathing Beach sampling, and local streamflow and precipitation monitoring.
The primary responsibilities of this position are water quantity and quality field work, including the collection of stream measurements and water chemistry information, and analysis of water resources data to support various water quality and quantity studies. The incumbent will learn proper water sampling techniques, lab submission techniques and data analysis, as well as report writing skills.
Further, the Environmental Technician will assist with cyanobacteria testing, stewardship programs, education programs and events, archiving and any other duties as assigned.
This position normally works a 35-hour work week with occasional evening and weekend involvement. Occasional assistance with LRCA’s public events may be required on an as-needed basis. Hours beyond the normal work week are compensated with time-off in lieu as agreed to with supervisor, in advance when possible.
The work week is Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a one-hour lunch from noon to 1:00 p.m.
Education & Skills Required:
- Currently pursuing, or have completed, post-secondary education in an Environmental Studies program with relevant courses in areas such as water quality, hydrology, water resources, and environmental science.
- Experience in a variety of field sampling techniques and monitoring protocols would be an asset.
- Working knowledge of handheld GPS equipment would be an asset.
- Flora and fauna identification skills would be an asset.
- Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
- Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office including Excel and Word.
- Strong oral and written communication skills, including ability in technical report writing.
- Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task.
- Self-motivated with the ability to work with minimal to no supervision.
- Must be willing to work outdoors and in adverse weather conditions.
- Valid Ontario Driver’s License with a clean driving record.
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