Riparian Restoration Specialist

Rideau Roundtable Published: September 8, 2020
Smiths Falls, Ontario
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Rideau Roundtable is launching a shoreline restoration and urban forest program in collaboration with the town of Smiths Falls in order to help the Rideau River waterway adapt to and mitigate climate change (e.g. sequester carbon, reduce heat islands), increase natural habitat, and improve water quality (e.g. filter contaminants and reduce erosion). This will integrate natural landscaping in riparian zones to improve biophysical function, and environmental protection.

This project will include creating a shoreline restoration demonstration site to provide knowledge about the benefits of forested and nature-based approaches and to increase knowledge and inspire the community to restore natural shorelines.

This project involves conducting an environmental assessment including understanding future climate change impacts, developing a plan and report in collaboration with local experts, implementing a marketing plan to its residents, and creating an Ontario-based curriculum link to climate change adaptation and the shoreline naturalization project. Various activities to increase awareness, knowledge, and action will also be undertaken.

We are seeking a specialist who can carry out the following:

Duties and responsibilities

  • Prepare report on the future impacts of climate change (e.g. changes in floods, droughts, extreme weather events, and water quality) on the Rideau River watershed
    • Conduct environmental and risk assessment for shoreline of Rideau River
    • Identify options and measures to mitigate risks (e.g. erosion, flood, drought, water temperature and quality) including approaches that are nature-based
    • Include expert review of the report (including forester, biologist, geomorphologist, hydrogeologist, etc.)
  • Compile and present this scientific information to the general public
  • Create a marketing plan for the shoreline naturalization and urban forest project to the residents of Smiths Falls
  • Ontario school board curriculum-based presentations to local youth will be created and delivered in coordination with local schools and school boards.
  • Approach other youth organizations (e.g. clubs, girl guides, scouts, Big Brothers Big Sisters)
  • Develop plan for a natural shoreline climate change adaptation demonstration site on the Rideau River to promote natural shoreline design which increases resilience to climate change
  • Increase knowledge of climate change adaptation and Rideau River environment with stakeholders (e.g. presentations to groups, site visits and tours, web-based resources such as fact sheets and documenting demonstrations and case studies)
  • Establish partnerships with other science and environment organizations to implement the demonstration site in the spring (e.g. RVCA’s Shoreline Naturalization Program, Watersheds Canada, etc.)
  • Assist in planning and coordinating shoreline naturalization and urban forest projects, and, in particular, involving youth of the community

Knowledge and skills

  • Strong verbal communication – this job will involve multiple presentations to various audiences including experts, the general public, and youth. It will involve contacting potential partners and communicating with the municipality about the project
  • Written Communication – multiple reports will need to be written for this project
  • Research and analysis – conduct a literature review and analysis. Scientific facts and figures will need to be included within the reports and presentations to support the project
  • Marketing Skills – Regular social media posts and website creation/alteration will be required in this job to keep the community up to date with the tasks and events taking place
  • Physical ability to perform assigned duties including planting shoreline vegetation and trees
  • Teamwork – The job will involve working in groups and teams to achieve the objectives with multiple associated partnerships. Collaboration must be done with these organizations and the general public in a courteous, constructive, and professional manner
  • Ability to identify various plants and aquatic animals during environmental assessments
  • Ability to take initiative and to carry out tasks independently with little supervision

Education required

  • Post-secondary diploma or degree in a field related to natural resources or the environment

Certification required

  • Driver’s license class G2 or above and access to personal vehicle for transportation

Eligibility criteria

Career-Launcher Internships are funded by the Government of Canada under the Youth Employment Strategy. For program criteria information visit their website.


Qualified interns are:

  • Between the ages of 15-30 (inclusive) at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada*
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • Available to work for at least six months
  • Not previous participants of a federal youth employment program
  • Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns, although this must be clearly indicated by the employer)

*Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.

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