Student Ecological Assistant Summer Student Position

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) is a community-based natural resource management agency that works to protect, enhance, and sustain healthy watersheds. With 60 years of experience, the NPCA offers watershed programs and services that focus on flood and hazard management, source water protection, species protection, ecosystem restoration, community stewardship, and land management.

The NPCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in the Province of Ontario. With 41 Conservation Areas within the Niagara Peninsula watershed, the NPCA manages lands that are held in public trust for recreation, heritage preservation, conservation, and education. These natural and shared greenspaces marry nature, culture and adventure to create limitless opportunities for discovery

Summary of Duties

The Student Ecological Assistant position is responsible for providing a wide variety of ecological assistance. The individual may be responsible for conducting inventories of various species as well as creating reports on the findings. Maintenance and care of equipment will be required. The successful individual may also be involved in various aspects of restoration projects at the Conservation Areas throughout the watershed.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conducting flora and fauna inventories following standardized protocols, such as Gypsy Moth, reptile, butterfly, bat and reptile surveys, and Ecological Land Classification
  • Monitoring, health assessment and recording of Species at Risk
  • Implementing restoration projects, such as prairie and toad habitat, invasive species removal, plant propagation, seed collection
  • Conducting landowners contact regarding potential projects adjacent to Conservation Areas
  • Data entry and creating GIS maps
  • Writing and compiling various ecological reports
  • Other duties as required


  • Post-secondary education in an ecological/environmental background
  • 1 to 2 years’ experience in restoration and/or surveying preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in MS Office
  • Strong customer service/public relations skills
  • Experience using GPS and GIS (ArcMap) preferred
  • The successful applicant will be required to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions and different terrains, as necessary.

Salary Range:  $15.00/hr (35 hours/week)

Application Deadline:  Friday, March 19, 2021 – 4pm

We are an equal opportunity employer which values diversity in the workplace.

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