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Type: age 30 & under / summer
Organization: rare Charitable Research Reserve
Location: Cambridge, Kitchener-Waterloo Region, Ontario

Responsible for ensuring the successful preservation and restoration of 1,000+ acres, rare is located in one of the fastest- growing areas of the country. Its lands provide a natural laboratory for scientific study and research, and for rare’s related research-based educational programs. For information, visit us online at

Supervised by and reporting to the rare Conservation Scientist - Research Priorities, Partnerships & Monitoring, and working in a team environment with all program advisors, staff and volunteers, the Ecological Monitoring Assistant is responsible for conducting butterfly monitoring and other related duties, as required.


This is a paid position, under the Government of Canada - Canada Summer Jobs Program. Requirements of funding state that the participant must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the beginning of the employment period*;
  • 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 CSJ 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 Monitoring Assistants would work together (minimum 2 people required for safe and effective field work) and be responsible for:

  • Assisting with establishment of field plots to inventory and measure vegetation (plant species, quantity, condition) by using Vegetation Sampling Protocol and/or Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network protocols
  • Recruiting, training, and supporting community science volunteers
  • Supporting adjacent monitoring/conservation programs including: butterfly monitoring, soil & salamander monitoring (prep for fall field work), turtle team, invasive species removal
  • Assisting with ECO Camp 1 day/week for science-based activities
  • Assist with other rare events as required
  • Attend regular staff meetings to report on progress


  • Student or recent graduate from a post-secondary program related to any of the environmental or biological sciences;
  • Strong southern Ontario flora and fauna identification skills (with particular emphasis on butterflies and/or vegetation an asset);
  • Willing and able spend long periods outdoors in all weather conditions;
  • Comfortable working independently with little supervision;
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle;
  • Previous fieldwork experience would be an asset;
  • Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network (OBBN) experience and certification would be an asset.

In addition to following all COVID-19 safety measures to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, and guests, the rare Charitable Research Reserve requires all staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

SALARY: $19.95/hr, 35 hours a week between 8 to 16 weeks, depending on availability of funding.



DEADLINE: Sunday, April 2, 2023

Applicants should send their resume, cover letter, and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers for two professional references as an attachmentto the following email address: If possible, please compile your documents into one pdf file. Any application materials provided within the body (text) of your email will not be considered. Cover letters for this position may be addressed to Kim Robichaud. Please include the name of the position for which you are applying in the email subject line. Please indicate you saw this posting at GoodWork.

No phone calls please. Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. References will not be contacted until you have been short-listed and informed.

As part of our commitment to racial justice, reconciliation and equity building, we welcome individuals from marginalized communities including Black people, Indigenous people, people of colour, LGBTQI2S+ and self-identifying women candidates to apply for this position. We encourage people with disabilities to apply. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

We are dedicated to removing bias from our hiring process. For this reason, we have implemented an anonymous review component in our recruitment process. What does this mean? We will be removing your name, address and e-mail address from your application/resume prior to it being reviewed by the hiring manager, during the first stage of the recruitment process. If you are selected for an interview, this information will become available to the hiring manager only at that time.


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Mar 6 2023    ID: 67312