Monitoring Technician

The Hamilton Conservation Authority is hiring a Full Time

Monitoring Technician

Reporting to the Manager Water Resources Engineering, the Monitoring Technician assists the Monitoring Technologist with data collection, data processing, initial data analysis, identification of potential water quality concerns, and draft reporting related to the Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan (HHRAP) water quality sampling program.  This position also assists the Monitoring Technologist with the implementation of the Hamilton Conservation Authority’s (HCA) water monitoring programs, through the collection of other water quality samples, maintenance of gauge equipment, and field measurements to develop flow rating curve points.  The Monitoring Technician will also be responsible for groundwater well inspections, groundwater water quality sampling, and erosion monitoring. The position also assists the Monitoring Technologist with Flood Forecasting & Warning and Low Water Response duties, including snow surveys, WISKI database management, data collection, and data processing.  This position also provides additional field and technical work that supports the overall watershed engineering program.

Major Responsibilities and Duties

Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan Surface Water Quality Monitoring

  • Assist in biweekly water quality grab sample collection, including field parameter measurements
  • Assist in event-based water quality ISCO auto-sample collection
  • Responsible for equipment maintenance duties, including YSI calibrations
  • Responsible for data processing of water quality sampling results, including annual and seasonal averaging
  • Responsible for data analysis of water quality sampling results, including exceedance identification, spatial and temporal trending
  • Assist in drafting technical reports


HCA Water Monitoring Programs

  • Assist in weekly to annual water quality sample collection, including field parameter measurements, for various other water quality monitoring programs
  • Assist in the maintenance and monitoring of Hamilton Conservation Authority 10 precipitation and 3 flow stations. Undertake tasks in data collection, and management
  • Assist in flow monitoring and rating curve development
  • Responsible for gauge and equipment maintenance duties
  • Provide guidance to seasonal water resources engineering staff while planning / conducting field work


City of Hamilton specific programs supported by the Water Monitoring Program

  • Complete routine groundwater well inspections and documentation, consistent with detailed City inspection procedures.
  • Complete annual groundwater water quality sample collection and collection documentation, ensuring compliance with City sampling procedures
  • Assist the Monitoring Technologist with annual visual erosion monitoring at pre-determined sites


Forecasting & Warning program AND Low Water Response program

  • Assist with biweekly snow surveys (4 sites) and documentation
  • Responsible for the continuing Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) of data within the WISKI database.
  • Responsible for WISKI database and associated tool development
  • Assist in the collection and inputting of weather forecast and recent daily precipitation totals, current watercourse conditions, Lake Ontario water level and wave forecasts, as well as calculating snowmelt forecasts using two spreadsheet-based forecasting tools
  • Assist in the collection and inputting of monthly precipitation totals and daily flows relating to low water response, as well as calculating % of Long Term Averages using spreadsheet-based tools

Other Duties as Assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • A graduate of a university or college program specializing in resources management or related environmental sciences
  • At least 1 year of work experience with surface water quality sampling, and the associated data management and analysis
  • Some work experience with precipitation and streamflow gauges, and the associated data management and analysis
  • Some work experience with groundwater well inspections and groundwater water quality sampling
  • Some academic or work experience with hydrology-based database software, preferably WISKI-SODA.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Moderate understanding of principles and approaches related to water quality sampling, flood forecasting, hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, natural resources management, and environmental impact assessment, and knowledge of watershed management and land use planning processes
  • Moderate problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to work outdoors to conduct field investigations in variable terrain and weather conditions
  • Positive team player capable of self-directed, independent work
  • Possess a valid Ontario driver’s license
  • Proficient with the use of Microsoft Office software suite including database management (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), and experience working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Working Conditions

This position will be based at the HCA’s main office at 838 Mineral Springs Road, Ancaster, Ontario. However, considerable time will be spent out of office conducting field work throughout the watershed and in all types of weather conditions. Working hours will total 37.5 per week, Monday through Friday inclusive with the additional requirement of evening meetings and occasional work on weekends.

Salary and Benefits

The position offers an annual salary range of $51,472 to $59,670, commensurate with experience and education. This position is eligible for benefits as outlined in HCA’s Employee Handbook as it pertains to a full-time position.  Most benefits become effective after the 3-month probation period (health, dental, disability insurances and life insurance); however, the defined contribution pension plan requires one year of service.

Application Process

Interested applicants should email their resume and covering letter by 4:00 pm on Friday, April 19, 2024 to:

Hamilton Conservation Authority

(Quote “Monitoring Technician” in subject line and send in MS Word or PDF format)

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.