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Positions: Conservation Technician (2 Positions)
Organization: Friends of the Rouge Watershed
Location: Scarborough, Rouge Watershed, Ontario
Eligibility: age 30 & under (funded by Canada Summer Jobs), see below

Work Period: 8 week contract: 
Start Date: September 8th, 2020
Full-time Monday to Friday and up to four Saturdays; 35 hours per week

This position is being funded by the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program. Thus, in order to be eligible, you must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age;
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or have official refugee protection status under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (foreign students are not eligible); and
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada, according to relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

About the Organization:

FRW is a charitable organization that works with volunteers to protect, monitor, and restore ecosystem, watershed, and community health in the Rouge River Watershed. FRW staff coordinate school and community groups (in person and virtually) in order to increase ecological knowledge and skills; plant and care for native trees, flowering shrubs, and wildflowers; conduct interpretive nature walks on ecosystem and watershed health; remove invasive species; monitor water quality in local tributaries; and provide other environmental education and stewardship activities.

What distinguishes FRW from other local non-profits is our long-term commitment to protecting the Rouge Watershed and surrounding watersheds through an ecosystem and community-based approach to environmental protection and planning. Our staff, Board members, and volunteers consist of ecological professionals who have been involved in grassroots conservation action for many decades.

Since 1991, FRW has:

  • Helped to create Rouge Park, Watershed and Greenbelt Plans, which prioritize the protection and restoration of ecosystem, watershed and community health;
  • Educated and empowered 65,000 youth and community volunteers to plant and maintain 730,000 native trees, flowering shrubs and wildflowers; and
  • Restored 3.5 million m2 of native forest, wetland, and meadow to help combat climate change, pollution and flooding; and to support biodiversity and nature based recreation and education.

Description and Duties:

Conservation Technicians will gain scientific environmental knowledge and practical skills which are applicable to watershed and ecosystem planning, protection, restoration and monitoring. FRW's office is located at the TDSB's Hillside Outdoor Education School in Scarborough – Rouge Park and we work in the Rouge River Watershed. Conservation Technicians should be prepared to work outside on most days.

Tasks range from:

  • Conducting tree, shrub and wildflower plantings with schools and community groups;
  • Mulching, watering, weeding and monitoring planting sites;
  • Identifying native plants, birds and mammals;
  • Identifying, collecting and storing native seed;
  • Identifying and manually removing invasive plants;
  • Installing rodent guards and protective fencing around trees;
  • Monitoring planting success and the use of new habitat by key wildlife species;
  • Assisting with public outreach, community events and communications
  • Assisting with interpretive hikes for school and community groups;
  • Conducting stream monitoring with modern equipment, and analyzing / graphing data;
  • Creating and hosting online virtual content for physical distancing groups.

Desired Qualities:

  • Appreciation for nature and willingness to work hard for mother nature
  • Experience in ecological field studies (plant and tree identification, water monitoring)
  • High energy and endurance for manual and repetitive outdoor work
  • Strong work ethic and ability to maintain motivation
  • Reliably work 7 hour days starting as early as 7 am
  • Comfortable working outside in all weather conditions (rain or shine, heat or cold)
  • Follow instructions and work independently with minimum supervision
  • Experience with film and video editing for online educational content

Desired Assets:

  • Post-secondary education in environmental science/ecology/forestry or a related field
  • Valid First Aid Certificate
  • Ability to get to and from multiple worksites independently due to COVID-19

Pay: $14.00 per hour

If you feel like this position is a right fit for you and you are interested in becoming a Friend of the Rouge, send your cover letter and resume in one PDF document to by Friday, August 7.

For more information about Friends of the Rouge Watershed, visit:

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jul 24 2020    ID: 57122