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Position: Invasive Species Field Technician
Type: age 30 & under / summer
Organization: Invasive Species Centre
Location: Welland, Niagara Region, Ontario

  • Number of positions: 4
  • Deadline: May 27, 2022
  • Anticipated Start Date: June 20 - 27, 2022
  • Status: Full-time, contract (8-10 weeks with possibility of extension)
  • Rate of Pay: $18.00/ hour 

The Invasive Species Centre connects stakeholders, knowledge, and technology to prevent the spread of invasive species to protect Canada’s environment, economy, and society. Incorporated as a not-for-profit in 2011, as a hub for collaboration and knowledge sharing, we have grown into a respected collaborator and leader in invasive species knowledge and action. We rely on values of sustainability, collaboration, credibility, professionalism, and efficiency to achieve our vision of a Canada where land and water are protected from invasive species.

Job Summary:

The successful candidates will be members of the OFAH Hit Squad program, which is funded in part by Canada Summer Jobs.

The Invasive Species Field Technician will:

  • - Be one member of a four-member field team
  • - Implement a rapid response control program to remove a new population of European Water Chestnut (Trapas natans) in the Welland River using manual control techniques
  • - Participate in all required training and follow strict health and safety protocols
  • - Participate in community outreach and engagement activities
  • - Work out of Chippewa Creek Conservation Area in Niagara Ontario
  • - Use Field Maps App to report progress and create maps of species occurrence and stewardship activities
  • - Check in with supervisors daily
  • - Check in with Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) property managers as requested or required
  • Key duties of the Invasive Species Technician:
  • - Work with a field team to operate canoes, truck and trailer, and hand-tools to remove European Water Chestnut from the river
  • - Follow biomass transportation and disposal plans
  • - Follow all applicable permit guidelines
  • - Follow all health and safety procedures and protocols
  • - Assist with daily logs and progress reporting using paper templates and Arc GIS Field Apps
  • - Participate in paddling tours and other outreach and community engagement activities
  • - Maintain clean and operational equipment and ensure safe and secure storage
  • - Other duties as assigned by ISC or the NPCA

Preferred Competencies and Qualifications:


  • The candidate should be enrolled in a post-secondary academic study or be a graduate of a relevant field of study (e.g., ecosystem management, environmental management, fish and wildlife management, etc.)
  • Candidates must be willing to conduct manual labor outside daily, potentially through uncomfortable elements (e.g., high temperatures, insects, rainy weather)
  • Demonstrated high standard for health and safety, following protocols and wearing personal protective equipment
  • Strong swimming skills and comfort around water required
  • Previous experience with and/or willingness to learn how to safely use boats and waders, and work on/around shallow and deep water
    • Additional training to be provided by employer
  • Class G license, access to a personal vehicle


  • - Work or volunteer experience working on invasive species removal programs in the field considered an asset
  • - Experience with Arc GIS Field Maps Application considered an asset
  • - Knowledgeable in Species at Risk legislation and stewardship considered an asset
  • - Experience with invasive species management and control implementation considered an asset
  • - Experience and/or certifications related to working on water (e.g., lifeguard, Restricted Operator Certificate Maritime (ROC-M) radio training, canoeing/kayaking skills) considered an asset
  • - Experiences and/or certifications for truck and trailer operation, towing and launching small watercrafts, equipment tie-down, defensive driving, two-way radio use) considered an asset
  • - First Aid Certification considered an asset
  • - Pleasure Craft Operator Card with experience operating a small watercraft with motor considered an asset

Other requirements:

  • Between and 30 years of age at the start of employment *the candidate must be 15 years of age at the beginning of the employment period. The candidate may be more than 30 years of age at the end of the employment period as long as the candidate was 30 at the beginning of the employment period.
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of employment
  • 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 candidate will need to comply with all OFAH, ISC and NPCA policies including proof of full COVID vaccination

Please submit one PDF document with a cover letter and resume (which includes your education and work experience) to:
Paula Beemer, Executive Assistant Invasive Species Centre, 1219 Queen Street East, Sault Ste. Marie ON. P6A 1E5 email:

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No telephone calls, please. Only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted. The Invasive Species Centre is an equal opportunity and accessible employer and encourages youth with disabilities, Indigenous youth, and visible minority youth to apply. The Invasive Species Centre will provide accommodation for candidates with disabilities during the recruitment process, upon request.


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: May 11 2022    ID: 64387