Employment Opportunity: Water Resources Technician

Water Resources Technician

Summer Student Position

Posted February 18, 2020

This is a summer position in Hamilton Conservation Authority’s (HCA) Watershed Planning and Engineering Department. This position reports to HCA Water Resources Engineering, and is under the 2020 Canada Summer Jobs program.

Responsibilities include surface water quality sampling and equipment maintenance, assistance with the maintenance of stream and rain gauge equipment, groundwater monitoring, and associated data processing and management. 


  • Surface Water Quality Sampling and Equipment Maintenance
    • Assistance in surface water sampling, and equipment maintenance, for the HCA / Provincial Surface Water Quality Monitoring programs
    • Assistance in data collection, data processing and management
    • Assistance in surface water quality analysis (as required)
  • Maintenance of Stream and Rain Gauge Equipment
    • Assistance in the maintenance of HCA precipitation and flow stations, as well as Christie and Valens Dam water levels gauges
    • Assistance in data collection, data processing and management
    • Assistance in flow, precipitation and level analysis (as required)
  • Groundwater Monitoring
    • Assistance in maintenance of HCA / Provincial Groundwater Monitoring Network
    • Assistance in data collection, data processing and management
  • Data Management
    • Assistance in Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) of existing data related to flow, level, precipitation, surface water quality, and groundwater (preferably using HCA’s WISKI database system).
    • Ongoing data entry
  • Other duties as required


  • Education – Current University / College student with focus on water resources, engineering
  • Experience in water resources and environmental engineering, particularly water quality sampling, rain and flow monitoring, and corresponding data processing and analysis
  • Good communication skills
  • Some flexibility as to pattern of work hours
  • Knowledge of environmental and natural resources relative to local, watershed and provincial levels
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Valid driver’s license (G license minimum), as this is a requirement.

Working Conditions

The Water Resources Technician (Summer Student Position) will be based at the Hamilton Conservation Authority’s main office, 838 Mineral Springs Rd, Ancaster, Ontario.  However, some 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 possible additional requirement of evening meetings and occasional work on weekends. 

Work Term and Rate of Pay

This is a 4-month casual student position with an anticipated starting date of May 4, 2020.  The rate of pay level is $15.00 per hour.

Application Process

If you are interested, please email your cover letter and resume in PDF or MS Word format via email by 4pm March 27, 2020 to:

E-mail: jobs@conservationhamilton.ca (please specify job title in 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.

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