Ecological Monitoring Assistant

Responsible for ensuring the successful preservation and restoration of a unique 900+ acre site, rare is located in one of the fastest growing areas of the country.  Its lands provide a natural laboratory for scientific study and research, related education and research based education programs. For information, visit us online at

Supervised by and reporting to the Program Scientist- Research Priorities, Partnerships & Monitoring, and working in a team environment with all program advisors, staff and volunteers, the Ecological Monitoring Assistant is responsible for conducting butterfly monitoring, and other related duties as required.


  • Monitor butterfly populations using a standardized protocol within the rare Charitable Research Reserve;
  • Complete forest inventory and invasive species surveys within the rare Charitable Research Reserve;
  • Complete road impact surveys on foot and by bicycle;
  • Complete data entry tasks;
  • Deliver weekly insect-themed programs at rare summer ECO Camps;
  • Assist with other rare events as required;
  • Attend regular staff meetings to report on progress and preliminary findings.


  • Enrolled in a post-secondary program related to any of the environmental or biological sciences;
  • Experience using keys for species identification and familiarity and comfort using field guides;
  • Willing and able to walk and bike long distances and spend long periods outdoors in all weather conditions;
  • Previous fieldwork experience would be an asset;
  • Prior knowledge of southern Ontario butterfly taxonomy and tree species would be an asset;
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle;


  • Access to a bicycle would be an asset.


  • Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • Registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intending to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or have official refugee protection status under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.


Salary: $525 per week based on a 35 hour week. The contract is for 16 weeks beginning May 8th, 2017 pending approval of funding.

Application deadline is Monday March 13th, 2017 at 5:00pm

Please send resume and cover letter in ONE pdf along with the names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers for 3 professional references to:

Jenna Quinn

Program Scientist

rare Charitable Research Reserve

phone: 519-650-9336 ext.111

fax: 519-650-5923

The rare Charitable Research Reserve strives to promote diversity in the workplace. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals who meet the funding eligibility requirements.

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rare Charitable Research Reserve
1679 Blair Road
Cambridge, ON N3H 4R8
(519) 650-9336
Charitable Registration:
#8776 15914 RR0001