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JOB POST #3877-2023

Senior Conservation Technician – spring/ summer & fall/winter positions

Date Posted: February 1st, 2023 Date Closing: April 30th, 2023

Location: Based near Orillia, study area roughly Muskoka and Lake Simcoe watershed, travel to other project sites may be required

Duration: Varies with position, minimum 8 weeks with extension up to one year internship possible

Salary: $16.50-$18/hour, depending on experience and responsibilities

Duties will vary with the nature of each position, but will include:

  • Survey wetlands, water bodies, terrestrial habitats and along roads, day or night in all weather conditions for various turtles, snakes and amphibians to provide data on locations, demographics, habitat usage, morphometrics, predation rates, reproductive output, etc. across a range of habitats and anthropogenic influences within the study area.
  • Complete road surveys for nesting female turtles and monitor them to help with crossing the road; excavate/extract eggs laid in precarious areas to be transported for captive incubation
  • Monitor the reptile hotline, answer calls/texts, assess reports and assign teams to respond, record data and enter into database
  • Assist with radio tracking of species at risk turtles
  • Organize and implement release of hatchlings into the wild captively hatched at the incubation facility
  • Lead staff and volunteers to during survey efforts
  • Ensure data accuracy and completeness on a weekly basis
  • Identify areas that need more survey effort through assessing previous work, community insight, satellite imagery, etc. 
  • Provide leadership of multiple teams operating at a site
  • Assist with managing equipment and vehicles used by a large team
  • Assist with educational programs about turtles and snakes, and our conservation efforts to increase community engagement, recruit volunteers, etc.
  • Assist with facility operations and maintenance to support and build capacity for conservation work


  • Ability to follow detailed protocols, stay highly organized, task switch and prioritize conflicting goals
  • Proven time management and leadership skills
  • Experience leading a team an asset
  • High degree of indestructibility and perseverance despite a variety of environmental conditions (cold, heat, sun, biting insects, tired volunteers, etc.)
  • Strong swimming skills (position requires wading, swimming, and paddling in cold water) required
  • Valid class G or G2 driver’s license and good driving record
  • Oral communication and people skills
  • Flexibility regarding scheduling
  • Ability to work and thrive as part of a close-knit team in challenging situations with a positive attitude
  • Internal motivation and the ability to work without supervision
  • Positive attitude and passion for reptiles and their conservation
  • First aid certification is required; wilderness first aid training/certification an asset
  • Previous canoe/paddle experience an asset

Accommodations (shared) may be available on-site or at a field site (quad or double bunk room). Candidates should enjoy working both indoors and outdoors, in a variety of settings. The ability to thrive as part of a close-knit team in challenging situations and a live/work environment is important.


How to Apply:

Please complete the Google Form found here: At the conclusion of the questionnaire, you will be prompted to upload a resume, cover letter, and references as a single PDF file, 4 pages or less. Resumes will be reviewed beginning March 1, but applications will continue to be accepted after that.

Please reference this job posting in your email: JOB POSTING #3877-2023