Water Resources Technician

Hamilton Conservation Authority has an opportunity for a

Water Resources Technician

Summer Student Position

This is a summer student position in Hamilton Conservation Authority’s (HCA) Watershed Management Services Department. This position reports to HCA Water Resources Engineer, and is under the 2024 Canada Summer Jobs program.

Responsibilities include surface water quality sampling and equipment maintenance, assistance with the maintenance of rain and stream 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 and 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 and 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).
    • Data entry
  • Other duties as required



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

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, considerable 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.

Please note that this summer position is in part to be funded by the Canada Summer Jobs program (CSJ). To be eligible, students must: be between 15 and 30 years of age at the beginning of the employment period; be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

Work Term and Rate of Pay 

This is a 4-month summer student position with an anticipated starting date of May 6, 2024.  The rate of pay level is $17.80 per hour.

Application Process

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

Hamilton Conservation Authority
Email: jobs@conservationhamilton.ca

(Quote “Water Resources Tech. Student” 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.