Welcome To Toronto and Region Conservation Authority - Applying For The Crew Leader (Invasive Species) Position

Position Details:


Current Rate of Pay: Min = $29.00/hr, Max = $33.61/hr

Employment type: Seasonal

Duration of employment: 8 months, possibility of extension

Hours of work: 40 hrs/week

Work location: Restoration Services Centre

Division: Restoration & Infrastructure

Business unit: Restoration and Resource Management

Travel: 30%

Remote Work: None


Seasonal Hire TRCA – 2024

Seasonal job opportunities are plentiful at TRCA. If you are looking for seasonal job openings, we can provide great opportunities and seasonal perks. To apply to this posting, click on Crew Leader (Seasonal - Invasive Species Management) - Career Portal (dayforcehcm.com) to apply.


Please submit your resume and cover letter in one file (PDF or Word) prior to midnight on April 14, 2024.


By working at TRCA you will:

  • Work outdoors during the spring and summer in beautiful natural areas.
  • Gain valuable experience working at a conservation authority.
  • Get a free Conservation Ontario annual pass.
  • Get access to TRCA’s Reciprocal Program (discounts across various Ontario attractions).


How you will contribute as part of the TRCA team:

The Invasive Species Management Crew Leader leads a team of 1-3 staff to implement invasive management activities. These activities may include site preparation, manual removal/cutting, monitoring, and herbicide application. Candidates will demonstrate the relevant skills, techniques, and best management practices for invasive species management. The Crew Leader actively participates in the safe operation and maintenance of a range of hand tools and equipment including chainsaws, powered brush cutters and backpack sprayers. This position plays an integral role in the on-ground implementation of ecosystem enhancement through the management of invasive species, bringing their leadership skills together with their ecological knowledge. Occupational health and safety is a major responsibility of this position.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Provide on-site leadership, supervision and actively participate in the implementation of invasive species management within TRCA’s jurisdiction by way of manual or mechanical plant removal and/or herbicide application and monitoring.
  • Lead and/or participate in daily safety meetings, including tailgate meetings, hazard identification and emergency planning.
  • Operate and maintain vehicles, backpack sprayers and other assigned tools/equipment safely, efficiently, and in accordance with approved project design and details.
  • Ensure health and safety measures are met.
  • Perform daily vehicle and equipment inspections to ensure safe operation.
  • Complete daily work reports, and project information records as assigned.
  • Conducts field work and supports the coordination of field work by providing on-site work coordination to the team.
  • Ensures quality control checks and tests are instigated, with records maintained and accessible.
  • Ensures the required site activities are completed as per work scope.
  • Assist with staff oversight, training, and motivation of junior staff in compliance with the TRCA Health and Safety Policies as well as all relevant Federal, Provincial, and Municipal legislation and regulations.
  • Participate in the collection of field data to identify and guide habitat restoration opportunities.
  • Incumbents may also be assigned other duties.


What will you need to succeed:

  • Completion of college diploma in Resource Management, Ecological Restoration or Management, Environmental or Engineering Science, Landscape Design, Forestry, Construction, or a related field
  • Pesticide exterminator license (Forestry and/or Landscape).
  • Knowledge of pesticide legislation and invasive species best management practices and are comfortable working with herbicides.
  • Knowledge of native and invasive plants with proficient plant identification skills. 
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills and ability to lead a team and participate as team member.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the public.
  • Familiarity with mapping natural landscape features and reading maps.
  • Valid Ontario Class G driver’s license
  • Valid Standard First Aid & CPR/AED Level C Certification an asset
  • 2+ years of experience in implementation tasks in areas of specialization.
  • The ability to demonstrate strong problem-solving skills in a field environment; is able to break down site required activities and delegate and estimate time / resources / budget required to complete tasks.
  • Good physical fitness required for carrying equipment weighing up to 45 lbs for extended durations.
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite including online software such as MS teams, Excel, Word, SharePoint, knowledge of ESRI ArcMap and Field Maps is an asset.
  • Knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety Act, related Regulations and legislation
  • Chainsaw operation certificate an asset.
  • Candidates will be required to be clean shaven to properly fit a respirator.


While the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) thanks all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for interviews. Please be advised that successful incumbent(s) may be required to undergo a vulnerable sector screening and/or driver’s abstract check as a part of the final step in the hiring process.


TRCA is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace. Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and TRCA Policies, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to the TRCA. We welcome applications from all qualified persons.


Personal information you provide through the TRCA recruitment, selection, and onboarding process is collected under the authority of the Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.27. Collection of this personal information is necessary for the proper administration of this recruitment process for employment and volunteer positions with TRCA. Personal information is protected from disclosure pursuant to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  Any questions regarding this collection activity should be directed to the Manager of Records and Information, 101 Exchange Avenue, Vaughan, Ontario, L4K 5R6, (437) 880 2308. 

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