Stewardship GIS Technician

The Hamilton Conservation Authority has a one-year contract opportunity for a

Stewardship GIS Technician


The Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) is a watershed-based organization established under the provisions of the Conservation Authorities Act. Since 1958 the HCA has dedicated itself to the management and conservation of watershed lands and water resources for the benefit of people, communities and the environment. HCA undertakes programs on a watershed basis to manage water resources, protect people and property from natural hazards, monitor and conserve the natural environment, and provide recreational and educational opportunities.

Reporting to the Manager, Watershed Planning, Stewardship & Ecological Services, the Stewardship GIS Technician will support the HCA’s Hamilton Watershed Stewardship Program, with a focus on completing GIS-based spatial analysis to assist identifying candidate areas for riparian habitat restoration.

Responsibilities

  • Undertake a GIS-based spatial analysis of the major watercourses in the Hamilton Harbour watershed to assess the extent and condition of riparian buffers
  • Identify candidate areas for riparian habitat restoration / enhancement action which can reduce nutrients and sediment from entering the watercourses that flow to the Hamilton Harbour
  • Support HCA Stewardship staff in carrying out targeted landowner outreach and engagement
  • Support HCA Stewardship staff in working with private landowners in the design and implementation of water quality and habitat improvement projects
  • Support HCA GIS staff in completing other GIS projects and tasks, as well as database management
  • Other duties as required to meet the needs of the HCA

Qualifications

  • A university degree or college diploma in natural resources management, ecology, biology, planning, geography or related field, with specialization and/or certification in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • One (1) to two (2) years of related work experience
  • Understanding of natural resources management, land management and ecological restoration techniques, practices and principles
  • Experience working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and databases; experience working with QGIS and SQL Server would be considered an asset
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software suite including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint
  • Strong communication and time management skills
  • Positive team player capable of self-directed, independent work
  • Possess a valid Ontario driver’s license (G license minimum)
  • Experience working with private landowners, and with and communications would be considered an asset

Working Conditions

This position will be based at Hamilton Conservation Authority’s main office at 838 Mineral Springs Road, Ancaster Ontario. Work hours are 7.5 hours per day for a total of 37.5 hours per week, with regular evenings and weekend shifts during the year as required.

Salary and Benefits

This is a one-year contract position with an anticipated starting date of September 3, 2024. The rate of pay is $32.48 per hour. Vacation Pay will be paid out on each pay as per the Employment Standards Act.

In addition to the salary package, this position provides benefits designed to support your well-being. Benefits include health, dental coverage, and a health spending account after three months of employment along with five sick days and three personal needs days.

Application Process

Interested applicants, please submit your cover letter and resume in PDF or MS Word format via email, quoting the job title in the email subject line, by 4:00 pm, on Wednesday, July 31, 2024 to: jobs@conservationhamilton.ca

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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