Student - Assistant Forest Technician

Terms of employment: 
Job Category: 
Fish and Wildlife
Position Location: 
Job Description: 

As an Assistant Forest Technician, you may have the opportunity to work on some or all of the following activities:

  • Assist staff by performing forest-related field, lab, and office work, which may include:
    • Identifying tree and other plant species
    • Determining soil types
    • Assessing tree and forest health
    • Tree breeding
    • Orchard or genetic testing
    • Collecting, processing and testing tree seeds
    • Establishing studies and trials
    • Collecting and compiling data
  • You will be using technology such as data loggers, Global Positioning System (GPS) units, rangefinders and digital cameras to perform your work.
  • Your work will involve outdoor work in inclement weather, often with travel to remote locations.
  • Note: Mandatory Health and Safety training will be provided.

How do I qualify?


You must meet all eligibility criteria on the first day of employment to be eligible for these positions.

  1. Student Status: All summer jobs require a “student” status. A student is defined as someone enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary institution (currently or for the fall semester) or has graduated within the past six months. If you graduated in January, you could apply for and start a summer student position in the Ontario Public Service up until June of that year.
  2. Age: You must be a minimum of 15 years of age. Due to program eligibility requirements, certain opportunities require students to be up to 24 years of age (or up to 29 years of age for a person with a disability). Certain positions require you to be a minimum of 18 years of age. Age parameters will be provided on the job advertisements and you must meet all age requirements by May 1st.
  3. Residency: You must be a resident of Ontario during the term of employment.
  4. Work Status – Ability to Work in Canada: You must be legally entitled to work in Canada. You are also required to have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN) upon being hired.

Communication and Organizational Skills

  • You apply your verbal, written, and active listening communication skills to follow directions and seek clarification as required, to record information accurately paying attention to detail, and to prepare a variety of documents (e.g. data records, basic reports).


  • You apply your initiative and interpersonal skills to work collaboratively within a team environment.

Technical Skills

  • You have some knowledge of tree and plant species in Ontario.
  • You have experience reading maps or aerial photographs and navigating with a GPS or compass.
  • You apply your knowledge and experience using data loggers and Global Positioning Systems (GPS), as well as Microsoft Office applications, such as Word (word processing) and Excel (spreadsheets) to track, compile, and evaluate information.

Organizational Skills

  • You apply your organizational and time management skills to plan, organize, and prioritize your work when working independently.

Other Requirements

·         You are able to work in an outdoor environment in adverse weather conditions.

·         You enjoy being outdoors and are comfortable in the woods.


  • You are able to perform work that requires physical activity, including lifting and carrying weighted items in accordance with the Employment Standards Act and Workplace Health and Safety regulations.
  • Certain positions require that you possess a valid Ontario G2 (or higher) Driver's Licence or equivalent.
  • Certain positions require that you travel to remote locations on multi-day outdoor field trips with shared accommodations.


Close date: 
Tuesday, February 27, 2018