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Job opening – Seasonal Conservation Area Technician: Dundas Valley Conservation Area

The Hamilton Conservation Authority currently has the following casual employment opportunity:

Seasonal Conservation Area Technician: Dundas Valley Conservation Area

HCA is currently seeking a Seasonal Conservation Area Technician staff for Dundas Valley to work May 1st through November 30th, up to 40 hours per week including weekends and public holidays.

JOB DESCRIPTION:
The Seasonal Conservation Area Technician is responsible for maintaining and enhancing the facilities and grounds in a manner that allows for increases in the number of visitors to the Conservation Area.  The position also plays an important role in customer service and administration, providing information and services to visitors and provides a level of supervision to the conservation area during weekends, handling park issues as they arise in the absence of the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent.

The Dundas Valley Conservation Area is approximately 3500 acres.  The Conservation Area provides passive recreational activities for residents and visitors including a major multi-use trail system (hiking, horseback riding, biking, cross-country skiing) while conserving the natural landscape, flora and fauna.  Additional properties on the Hamilton Mountain are serviced through the Dundas Valley including Tiffany & Felker Falls, Eramosa Karst, Devil’s Punchbowl and additional trails/properties on the east mountain. The Dundas Valley has been designated as an Environmentally Significant Area and contains many species of Provincial, Regional, and local significance.

 DUTIES:
The Seasonal Conservation Area Technician position will carry out duties assigned by the Park Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent, such as but not restricted to:

  • Provide accurate information and assistance to park visitors in a courteous and hospitable manner
  • Respond tactfully to complaints and requests for assistance from the public
  • Maintaining and repairing conservation area facilities and grounds and reporting safety concerns
  • Grass cutting, trail maintenance, garbage picking, washroom maintenance and directing casual maintenance staff on the day to day park maintenance, as well as providing supervision as needed on tasks
  • Identify, report and eliminate hazards if possible relating to trees and roadways
  • Assess and handle any issues that arise in the evenings
  • Deal with potentially impaired and upset customers, defuse and calm any problem, potentially evicting problem visitors
  • Work with other enforcement agencies as needed such as Hamilton Police Service, Ontario provincial police, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, etc.
  • Assist with Trail Centre and Gatehouse responsibilities in the absence of the Park Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent
  • Assist in the set-up and hosting of special events in the park
  • Complete safety audits on staff as directed
  • Operate a variety of grounds maintenance equipment including farm tractors, loaders, mowers, chainsaws, trucks and other equipment in a safe manner according to HCA policies
  • Complete written reports as directed
  • Other duties as assigned to assist the team effort at HCA and Dundas Valley

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A secondary school graduate with post-secondary education in a Resource or Park Management programme or related discipline
  • Valid driver's licence is necessary (G license minimum)
  • A valid First Aid certificate is an asset
  • Previous experience dealing with the public
  • An ability to lead casual workers
  • Working knowledge of safe working practices
  • Sufficient experience is required to show a mechanical aptitude to operate various pieces of equipment
  • An ability and willingness to obtain a chainsaw certification and other credentials as required
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing, demonstrating good interpersonal skills when speaking to the public or other park staff and a proven history of good record-keeping skills
  • Work weekends including holidays, in various weather conditions, and various terrain
  • Must enjoy working outdoors in all types of weather, engage in sustained periods of walking and be able to lift up to 60 pounds
  • Be creative, flexible and capable of solving problems on a regular basis relating to equipment, staffing, special events, etc.

JOB CLASSIFICATION & WORK TERM:
CASUAL HOURLY with a start rate of $15.56 depending on experience.  The position is based out of the Dundas Valley Workshop in Ancaster.  This position will be scheduled 8 hours per day, up to 40 hours per week and weekend shifts (including holiday weekends) will be required and regularly scheduled.  Position anticipated to start in April 2017 and run until November 2017, and note that working hours can be weather dependent.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
Please send your resume and application by 4 pm Friday, April 28th, 2017 to:
carissa.bishop@conservationhamilton.ca
Attn: Carissa Bishop, Superintendent

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.

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