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Aquatic Resources Technician: Summer Student Position

The Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) currently has the following summer employment opportunity:

Aquatic Resources Technician: Summer Student Position

This is a summer position in HCA’s Watershed Planning and Engineering Department. Responsibilities include assistance with implementation of fish and benthic invertebrate and data collection, water quality monitoring throughout streams in the HCA watershed as part of the HCA Aquatic Resources Monitoring Program. This position will also assist with reporting and data management. This position reports to the HCA Aquatic Resources Technologist and HCA Aquatic Ecologist.


  • Conduct fisheries and benthic invertebrate assessments throughout HCA watershed
  • Assist in the evaluation of fish habitat in aquatic systems
  • Assist in fish habitat rehabilitation projects
  • Aquatic Resources Technician will report to the Aquatic Resources Technologist and Staff Ecologist
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Enrolled in University or College with focus in Biology/Ecology-related studies
  • Fish and benthic invertebrate identification experience
  • Electrofishing certification is an asset
  • Able to work as a team member and with adult volunteers
  • /working knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Valid Ontario driver’s license and current first aid/CPR certification
  • Transportation to HCA office

Please note that this summer position is in part funded by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Summer Experience Opportunities (SEO) Program. Successful candidates must therefore be eligible for MNRF (SEO) Program. (aged 15 to 24 years (not yet reached 25 years upon commencement of employment, Ontario residents and eligible to work in Canada) (

The Aquatic Resources Technician (Summer Student Position) will be based at the Hamilton Conservation Authority’s main office in Ancaster, Ontario; however, majority of time will be spent in the field on HCA-owned lands and other properties.  Working hours will total 37.5 per week, Monday through Friday inclusive, with the additional requirement of evening meetings and occasional work on weekends.

This is a 14 week casual student position with an anticipated starting date of Tuesday, May 23, 2017 and an anticipated completion date of Tuesday August 22, 2017.  The rate of pay level is $12.00 per hour.

Please note; the hiring of this position will be subject to funding approval through the MNRF Summer Experience Opportunities (SEO) Program

If you are interested, please send your cover letter and resume in PDF or MS Word format via email by 4pm March 31th, 2017 to:

Lisa Jennings, Aquatic Ecologist
Hamilton Conservation Authority
838 Mineral Springs Road, P.O. Box 81067
Ancaster, Ontario L9G 4X1
Fax: 905- 648-4622 (Please include job title in email subject line)

Although we appreciate the interest of all applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  Accessibility accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment process; applicants are asked to inform Human Resources for any disability required accommodations in advance.