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Aquatic Resources Technologist: Summer Student Position

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

Aquatic Resources Technologist: Summer Student Position

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


  • With assistance from Aquatic Ecologist, plan, coordinate and implement data collection for the 2017 aquatic monitoring season
  • Supervise field staff while conducting, field work, data collection, identification and inputting data.
  • Assist with fish habitat restoration projects
  • Assist in maintaining fisheries and benthic database and writing monitoring reports.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Enrolled in University or College with a focus in Biology/Ecology-related studies
  • Knowledge and experience in aquatic monitoring protocols
  • Received electrofishing certification
  • Received OBBN certification
  • Fish and benthic invertebrate identification experience
  • Able to work as a team member and with adult volunteers
  • Experience with supervising others
  • Good communication skills
  • Knowledge of local/watershed environmental conditions
  • 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 Service Canada’s “Canada Summer Jobs” program. Successful candidates must therefore be eligible for Service Canada’s “Canada Summer Jobs” program aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year

The Aquatic Resources Technologist (Summer Student Position) will be based at the 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 $14.00 per hour.

Please note; the hiring of this position will be subject to funding approval through the Canada Summer Jobs 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.