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Natural Heritage GIS/Database Technician: Summer Student Position

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

Natural Heritage GIS/Database Technician: Summer Student Position

This is a summer position in HCA’s Watershed Planning and Engineering Department. Responsibilities include; input sampling data into Ecological Land Classification database and Natural Areas Inventory database, create land cover classification, digitize to produce large scale datasets and assist with the generation and implementation of the Natural Heritage Database for HCA watershed as part of the HCA Terrestrial Resources Monitoring Program. This position will also assist with reporting and data management. This position reports to the HCA Terrestrial Ecologist and the GIS Specialist


  • Input sampling data into Ecological Land Classification database and Natural Areas Inventory database
  • Assist with creation of land cover classification
  • Digitize field data to produce large scale datasets
  • Assist with design and implementation of Natural Heritage Database
  • Other GIS project work as time permits
  • Natural Heritage GIS/Database Technician will report to the Terrestrial Ecologist and GIS Specialist


  • Enrolled in University or College with a focus in GIS related studies
  • Proficiency in a major GIS platform (ArcGIS, QGIS, Manifold, etc.)
  • GIS project management experience
  • Practical knowledge of GPS and spatial data collection
  • Working knowledge of Relational Database Management Systems
  • Valid Ontario driver’s license and current first aid/CPR certification
  • Transportation to HCA office
  • An asset would be to have knowledge of flora and fauna of Southern Ontario

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 Natural Heritage GIS/Database Technician (Summer Student Position) will be based at the Conservation Authority’s main office in Ancaster, Ontario;  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 12 week casual student position with an anticipated starting date of Tuesday, May 23, 2017 and an anticipated completion date of Tuesday August 1, 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 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 on March 31, 2017 to:

Lesley McDonell, Terrestrial 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.