Environmental Field Technician, Survey and Drafting Services

1229 Bethesda Side Rd, Richmond Hill, ON L4E 1A2, Canada Req #714
Thursday, March 16, 2023

Position Details:

Current Rate of Pay: Min = $26.61/hr, Max = $28.85/hr

Employment type: Temporary Contract

Duration of employment: 4-8 months

Hours of work: 40 hrs/week

Work location: Swan Lake

Division: Restoration and Infrastructure

Business unit: Professional Services

Travel: 10%

Remote Work: None



About TRCA:

With more than 60 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario, created to safeguard and enhance the health and well-being of watershed communities through the protection and restoration of the natural environment and the ecological services the environment provides.


TRCA is considered the provincial leader in conserving, restoring, and managing natural resources to advance safe and sustainable development.

How you will contribute as part of the TRCA team:

Under the general guidance and direction of the Supervisor, Survey & Drafting Services, the Environmental Field Technician position is responsible for effectively working within a team environment to collect topograhical/hydrographical survey data, aid construction projects with layout, elevations, horizontal and vertical positioning and mapping production.  In addition, they will also be responsible for all inspection, cleaning and maintenance of any of the equipment and vehicles used by the Survey and Drafting Services team.  The data collected and finished product that the team provides varies according to the client’s needs but typically relates to erosion sites, waterfront park and trail creation/maintenance, vegetation, wetlands, property lines, drainage, parking lots, monitoring, and archaeological discoveries. Overall this position plays an integral role in all aspects of surveying, sounding and drafting to provide a variety of services to internal and external clients.


Major Responsibilities:

  • Participate in a team environment with Survey Technicians and Coordinators in the field to collect data for:
    • A variety of different types of topographic and hydrographic surveys including existing conditions surveys, construction support, as-builts, monitoring, studies and investigations.
  • Operates survey field equipment such as Total Station, Global Positioning System(GPS) handheld, RTK GPS, Levels, hydrographic sounding equipment and software
  • Using known geo-referenced Horizontal and Vertical Control Monuments, assist team members in transferring control to project sites by operating either the total station or RTK GPS
  • Assists with any survey calculations, including back-sites, combined scale factors, slope grades, elevations, angles, coordinates and different co-ordinates systems, by providing information from the instruments
  • Provides support in the office by downloading all data using appropriate software
  • Transfers data to Autocad format
  • Assists all team members in maintenance and upkeep of all survey vehicles and equipment as required
  • Participates in and promotes maintaining a safe work environment by assessing hazards at each project site.  Helps to prepare and maintain concise daily safety records associated with each of these projects


What will you need to succeed:

  • Completion of first year of post-secondary education in environmental/civil engineering technology, Physical Geography, or related discipline that includes Surveying and Autocad course.
  • Valid Ontario Driver’s License in good standing
  • Must be able to swim and participate in TRCA Water Safety Seminar which involves an in-water pool component
  • This position can be physically demanding and involves working outdoors on a daily basis, including inclement weather all year long


What TRCA has to offer you:

As part of a progressive team you will have the opportunity to make a positive impact to preserving and protecting nature, while maintaining a balance between the natural environment and built environment. Working with experts within our field, you will join a team of colleagues that are committed to TRCA’s core values by demonstrating the following behaviours; integrity, collaboration, accountability, respect, and excellence (icare). 


You will be part of a diverse and inclusive organization that:

  • Makes a positive difference in the communities we serve.
  • Fosters high performance and collaborative teams.
  • Provides continuous learning and development opportunities.
  • Offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits program (including Defined Benefit Pension Plan – OMERS/OTPP).
  • Pregnancy & Parental Leave Top-Up Program.
  • Provides unique TRCA Perks.
  • Provides flexible work arrangements.
  • Offers potential for career growth and advancement.

To apply to this posting, click on the “Apply” icon. Please submit your resume and cover letter prior to midnight on March 30, 2023.


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.

Other details

  • Employment Indicator Temporary Contract
  • Min Hiring Rate $26.61
  • Max Hiring Rate $26.61
  • Travel Required Yes
  • Travel % 10
Location on Google Maps
  • 1229 Bethesda Side Rd, Richmond Hill, ON L4E 1A2, Canada