Crew Leader, Research & Monitoring

Head Office, 101 Exchange Avenue, Concord, Ontario, Canada Req #1051
Friday, February 9, 2024

Position Details:

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

Employment type: Seasonal

Duration of employment: April to August 2024

Hours of work: 35 hrs/week

Work location: Head Office

Division: Development & Engineering Services

Business unit: Watershed Planning & Ecosystem Science


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 the “Apply” icon.


Please submit your resume and cover letter in one file (PDF or Word) prior to midnight on February 23, 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 Crew Leader, Research & Monitoring is responsible for overseeing and carrying out daily environmental inventory and monitoring fieldwork activities in support of TRCA’s research and monitoring programs and projects.


Overall, this position will play an integral role in the implementation of an urban tree inventory project occurring in the Region of Peel and a Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey in City of Vaughan. This position is responsible for ensuring that data is collected efficiently, safely, and effectively. The crew leader is responsible for recording data accurately, managing time and resources efficiently, maintaining equipment, and ensuring safety in the field. The crew leader will be in constant communication with their team to ensure adherence to project objectives, protocols, and timelines, and address problems as they arise. The crew leader must also ensure compliance with relevant corporate and municipal procedures and by-laws, and provincial and federal legislation.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Leads and carries out data collection on trees (species, DBH, condition, etc.), and/or forest patches and invasive species and pests.
  • Coordinates staff fieldwork, timeline requirements, site visits, and priorities; providing crew lead level work and health and safety direction. Conducts inventories and monitoring fieldwork activities which includes:
    • Prepares daily equipment and vehicles for use, ensures all are in a good state for safe operation.
    • Collects, manages and analyzes data; ensuring records are complete.
    • Maintains sampling instruments and equipment (calibration, storage & tracking, minor repairs)
    • Completes quality control checks / tests; maintains records.
  • Ensures the required site activities are completed as per work scope; ensuring health and safety protocols are followed by crews.
  • Participates in and/or leads daily safety meetings including tailgate meetings, hazard identification and emergency planning.

What will you need to succeed:

Education (degree/diploma/certifications/licenses)

  • Post-secondary diploma or degree in Resource Management, Environmental or Science, Urban Forestry, Biology or a related field
  • Valid Ontario Class G2 driver's license



  • 2+ years of experience in environmental, ecosystem, water resource, or urban forestry research or monitoring
  • Experience working with various monitoring equipment used in environmental sciences


Knowledge/Skill/Ability - Competencies

  • Excellent ability to identify tree species and common invasive species found in the Greater Toronto Area or southern Ontario
  • The ability to demonstrate strong problem-solving skills in a field environment
  • Able to comprehend written documentation and procedural guidelines; skilled in writing clear correspondence (concise, logical, grammatically correct)
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work as a team member to coach staff
  • Knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite including online software such as MS teams, SharePoint, coupled with a basic knowledge of GIS software (ArcGIS, Google Earth, Survey123, and/or ArcCollector)
  • Able to self-manage workload and prioritize tasks as an ongoing challenge in a frequently fluctuating workload and multiple deadlines

While Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) thanks all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for interviews.  Please be advised 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 TRCA.  We welcome applications from all qualified persons.  Personal information you provide through the TRCA recruitment, selection and onboarding process in 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 Information, 101 Exchange Avenue, Vaughan. Ontario, L4K 5R6, (437) 880-2308.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Employment Indicator Seasonal
  • Min Hiring Rate $29.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $33.61
  • Travel Required Yes
  • Travel % 25
  • Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
Location on Google Maps
  • Head Office, 101 Exchange Avenue, Concord, Ontario, Canada