REGION: Ontario POSITION TITLE: Conservation Technician – Saugeen Bruce Peninsula
TYPE OF POSITION: Seasonal (16 weeks contract from ~ May – August);
LOCATIONS: Ferndale, Bruce County, Ontario

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is a private, non-profit organization that prides itself on its entrepreneurial, science-based approach to achieving conservation success through direct action. Since 1962, NCC and its supporters have protected more than 2.8 million acres (1.1 million hectares) of ecologically significant land across Canada. NCC focuses on conservation through private action, and has a strong track record of partnering with individuals, corporations, community groups, conservation groups and government bodies to create winwin solutions that benefit nature.


The Conservation Technician will work closely with NCC Coordinator – Conservation Biology for the Saugeen Bruce Peninsula to support conservation programs, and will report to the NCC Program Director for Midwestern Ontario. The Conservation Technician will assist in the implementation of the stewardship and management program for significant natural lands protected by NCC by working closely with NCC staff, partner organizations, local stewards and volunteers.


  • Conduct baseline inventories and vegetation community classification for NCC properties;
  • Conduct annual property inspections to ensure early detection and management of natural disturbances, vandalism, trespassing, emerging threats, and risks and liabilities;
  • Monitor biodiversity targets (e.g. species at risk, vegetation communities) and threats (e.g. invasive species);
  • Complete compliance monitoring of conservation easements;
  • Implement recommended stewardship and management actions on NCC properties, with a focus on invasive species monitoring and removal, trail monitoring and maintenance, assisting with volunteer events, developing communication materials, and installing property signs;
  • Assist with developing and writing property management plans, conservation easement monitoring reports, effectiveness monitoring reports;
  • Assist with data collection, data entry, analysis and reporting as required to develop and implement property management plans.


  • This posting is targeted to individuals possessing the following skills:
  • Demonstrated interest in conservation issues in Ontario;
  • Experience/knowledge in collecting and compiling information on natural areas, including natural features, threats etc.;
  • Ability to identify common Ontario plants, wildlife and vegetation communities as well as experience using dichotomous identification keys;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Highly motivated, analytical and detail oriented; creative, pro-active thinker;
  • Ability to work well within team structure;
  • Experience working with volunteers;
  • Proficient with word processing, desktop publishing, and spreadsheet software;
  • Ability to work outdoors for extended periods in various weather conditions (e.g. high summer temperatures and humidity, heavy rain) and on various terrain;
  • Ability to carry heavy equipment for long hours over rough terrain
  • Navigational skills including experience with field GPS unit, compass, and air photo interpretation;
  • Valid class “G” driver’s license and ability to rent a vehicle in Ontario.


The following additional skills and abilities would be assets in these positions:
  • Pesticide exterminator license;
  • Standard First Aid – Level C CPR first-aid certification;
  • Experience using chainsaws, brush cutters, power tools, and other mechanized stewardship equipment; experience driving pick up trucks and utility trailers.


  • This is a full-time, 16 week position within the period of Monday, April 29, 2019 – Friday, August 30, 2019. Exact start and end dates to be determined.
  • $16.00/hour for a 37.5 hour work week
  • Position is based out of Ferndale on the Saugeen Bruce Peninsula. Position will involve travel to and from field sites including frequent overnights away from the office location, including trips as long as 2 weeks. Occasional weekend and evening work will be required; a lieu time system is used.
  • Funding restrictions for this position require that all applicants meet the following criteria;
  • Identify as Indigenous o Must be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of the employment;
  • Must have been registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of employment;
  • Must 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.


  1. Fill out our brief questionnaire (please allow 5-10 minutes to complete): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DWMML6Y
  2. Email your application to the email address that will be provided upon completion of the questionnaire, following the instructions provided
To be considered for these positions, please ensure your:
  • Email subject line is “2019 Conservation Technician – Saugeen Bruce Peninsula”
  • cover letter is a maximum of one-page long – cover letter and resume are saved together in one pdf file
  • pdf file name is your: First name Last name (e.g. “Jane Smith.pdf”)
  • Applications that do not fulfill these submission requirements will not be considered.

Application Deadline: Sunday, March 3, 2019 (11:59 PM EST)

Late applications will not be considered.

No telephone calls please. We thank everyone who applies for their interest in the Nature Conservancy of Canada; however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

At the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) we strive to promote diversity in the workplace and encourage applications from all qualified individuals.

NCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, we will provide accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process. If selected to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please inform Human Resources staff of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require.

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