Science & Partnerships Volunteer Core
(15 unpaid volunteer positions available, required commitment = 40-hours or 10 volunteer events)
Conservation Halton was created to protect, restore and manage natural resources in our watershed, from lake to escarpment, but we have grown to become so much more. Our community also looks to us for accessible, memorable and inspiring education and recreation experiences and leadership in climate change and sustainability. We have a fresh, living strategic plan and we are excited to build our team to achieve the next stage of our metamorphosis.
How it Works
We are looking for a group of 15 individuals for Science & Partnership’s Volunteer Core. This group of volunteers will assist with upcoming outreach, stewardship and restoration projects. Participants will be required to donate 40-hours, or attend at least 10 volunteer events (whichever is fulfilled first) over the Spring, Summer and Fall. At the end of the year, volunteers who complete the required commitment will be recognized for their contributions with a Certificate of Completion and CH Annual Pass. These individuals will also leave with useful ecological training as well as an expansion of skill and professional network.
Volunteers will be contacted as a group when opportunities arise and will sign-up on a first come, first serve basis. Most volunteer opportunities will run on weekends or weekdays with some opportunities available in the evenings.
Examples of our volunteer opportunities:
- Bronte Creek Family Fun Day at Courtcliffe Park
- Seed Collection and Forest Inventory
- Courtcliffe Park In-Stream Workday
- Dog Strangling Vine Mapping
- Invasive Species Management
- Planting Preparation Workdays
- Wetland, tree and native species plantings
Our volunteer core will be assisting with a variety of environmental outreach, stewardship, ecology and restoration projects. Tasks will vary in responsibility, physical demands and activity type. See some examples below:
- Assist and participate in community volunteer workdays and tree plantings by acting as a volunteer lead, coordinating other volunteers and instructing them on how to plant trees, shrubs and wildflowers
- Carrying, laying out, and spacing trees based on species and moisture requirements; inspecting planting quality and recommending corrections to other volunteers
- Aiding in waste removal from natural sites, this includes picking up and carrying garbage and large debris
- Assistance at community outreach events, setting up and taking down event materials and representing Conservation Halton in a professional manner
- Participating in Private Landowner site visits with Conservation Halton Stewardship staff
- Assisting Conservation Halton Stewardship staff with preparation of recommendations for private landowners to manage the natural features on their property
- Assisting Conservation Halton Stewardship and Restoration staff with preparation and implementation of ecosystem rehabilitation plans; for example, plantings, in-stream work & LIDs
- Perform duties and ensure assigned volunteers (if applicable) work in accordance with Conservation Halton’s Safety policy and procedures and with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations
- Perform other duties as required to contribute to the team effort and achieve the objectives of the department and Conservation Halton
- A keen interest in the outdoors or environmental conservation
- University or college degree in an environmental field is an asset for some tasks but not a prerequisite
- A clear Criminal Record Check (if required)
Other Desired Skills
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and adverse conditions (e.g. biting insects, heat, rain, limited access to formal restrooms etc.)
- General awareness of native plant species, and stewardship and restoration efforts in southern Ontario an asset
- Ability to hike over occasionally difficult and uneven terrain (e.g. off-trail, talus slopes, fast flowing creeks)
- Basic computer skills
- Ability to lift loads of up to 40 lbs.
- Independent, able to identify what needs to be done without being asked
- Good attitude, sense of humour and a willingness to learn!
Training Provided (will vary based on opportunity)
- Training in plant/tree identification of species common in southern Ontario
- Public relations skills as well as event planning and execution skills
- Ecological and restoration technique experience, including safe handling of equipment
- Proper planting technique training
- Safely Wading in Creeks
- Working with Private Landowners
- Coordinating volunteer workdays
- Preparing ecosystem rehabilitation plans
- Implementing ecosystem rehabilitation plans
- Relevant Health and Safety
- The opportunity to develop relevant ecological and professional skills
- Pass to visit Conservation Halton Parks
- Conservation Halton Certificate of Completion
Our Core Values
Be Respectful: Respect one another, celebrate diversity, and embrace new ideas.
Be Adaptable: Change is constant. Channel your passion, be innovative, and focus on results.
Be Collaborative: Share your knowledge, listen to understand, and always communicate clearly.
Be Sustainable: In everything you do, think conservation.
Be Accountable: Uphold your integrity, demonstrate measurable progress, and strive for excellence.
Please email a letter of interest or resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 20 at 11:59 p.m.
Applicants should include the following in their email:
- Reference your name and the position title in the subject line
- In the body of your email, please indicate where you heard about this opportunity
- Confirmation that you are available to attend the mandatory training session on Tuesday, March 5 from 5:30 to 6:30pm.
We thank all applicants for their interest however only those selected for this volunteer role will be contacted.
Conservation Halton is an equal opportunity employer in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Conservation Halton will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. Personal information provided is collected under the authority of The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.