Watershed Technician

North Saskatchewan River Basin Council Published: August 14, 2020
Hafford, Saskatchewan
Salary range
$18.00 - $25.00
Hours per week
Start Date
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  • The North Saskatchewan River Basin Council (NSRBC) is Currently Seeking a Watershed Technician to join our team to support and direct the implementation of the Source Water Protection Plan for our watershed. Our main office is located in Hafford, but we travel all throughout our watershed which ranges from Lloydminster to Prince Albert SK. This position will be responsible for assisting in the NSRBC with many projects including:
    • Assisting Communities with Source Water Protection Planning and Implementation
    • Assisting Communities with Lake Planning and Implementation
    • Assisting Communities with environmental monitoring and water quality testing
    • Working with First Nations Communities
    • Love Your Lakes shoreline stewardship program
    • Natural Edge shoreline restoration program
    • GIS Mapping and data collection
    • Assisting our Agri-Environmental Technicians
    • Supporting outdoor field work
    • Participating in monitoring of Aquatic Invasive Species
    • Communications

Duties and responsibilities

  • Assisting in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Love Your Lake shoreline stewardship program activities, including performing shoreline assessments and entering data collected during fieldwork
  • Participating in Watershed Canada's Natural Edge shoreline restoration program that includes landowner education, site identification and assessments, developing planting plans and finally planting native vegetation within riparian zones
  • GIS infrastructure data collection
  • Assisting Agri-Environmental Technicians in providing education and awareness to deal with environmental issues and producer-level support to implement stewardship projects for water quality and soil conservation, wetlands and wildlife habitat
  • Supporting outdoor field work: identifying, mapping and recording plants, mapping invasive weeds, and culvert mapping
  • Participating in the monitoring of Aquatic Invasive Species (Zebra and Quagga mussels), entering observations into the iMap Invasives database, coordinating education and awareness activities
  • Communications: creation of newsletter, keeping website and social media up to date, attending community events and delivering educational materials to landowners
  • Assisting Communities with Source Water Protection Planning and Implementation
  • Assisting communities with Lake Planning and Implementation
  • Assisting with environmental monitoring and water quality testing
  • Weekly staff call updates and the submission of monthly written reports
  • Performs work in accordance with Corporate safety policies and procedures as well as Saskatchewan Occupational Health and Safety Regulations
  • Other projects and duties assigned by General Manager and supervisor

Knowledge and skills

  • Teamwork: The Job will require working in pairs or groups for many of the projects. The Love Your Lake shoreline assessments, invasive species mapping, and culvert mapping all require work of two people or more. Teams will have to plan the best paths and coordinate the most efficient routes to complete tasks and collect data. Coordination with Rural Municipalities, Lake Group, and small communities will be involved as well.
  • Communication: The Job will require day to day email and in person communication, weekly staff call updates, and the submission of monthly written reports. Communication with lake front property owners and different lake groups during the Love Your Lake Project will be involved. Communication with Rural Municipalities and staff during invasive weed and culvert mapping and communication with our members in the form of updating the website, making social media posts, and writing newsletters to be sent out.
  • Digital Skills: The job will require skills in ArcGIS Map or ArcGIS Pro, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel.
  • The Job will require the ability to work independently.
  • The intern will have many responsibilities in the field, working together to finish data collection tasks while following safety protocols. They will need to plan schedules to be working in field and in office around the weather.
  • Knowledge of asset condition rating methodology, including distress recognition, measurement and recording details.
  • Experienced operating ATV/ARGO vehicles
  • Ability to deal courteously and effectively with the public and co-workers.
  • Ability to provide a positive and ambitious approach for a healthy team environment.
  • Physical ability to perform the assigned duties

Education required

  • Successful completion of a recognized, post-secondary education certificate program in a related field OR a post-secondary Environmental Science, Biology, or related background

Certification required

  • Possession of a valid Saskatchewan Class 5 Drivers Licence

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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