Current Opportunities:



Planning and Property Assistant - Full time - 3 year contract

Organization: The Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC)
Location: 55 Head St, Suite 101, Dundas, Ontario
Application deadline: March 30, 2018

37.5 hours per week; schedule may vary to accommodate some evening and weekend meetings.

The Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) is seeking an individual with strong technical and occupational knowledge to join our team as the Planning and Property Assistant. The Planning and Property Assistant will work with BTC staff, Club volunteers and committees, external professionals and government and non-government partners to carry out the BTC's Land Acquisition and Management program.

Reporting to the Director of Land Acquisition and Management this position requires the ability to:

  • Review land use policies such as Provincial Policy Statement, 2014, Niagara Escarpment Plan (NEP), and municipal official plans to assist the BTC in its decisions on land matters. 
  • Maintain an understanding of provincial regulations such as the Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act, the Conservation Lands Act, the Planning Act and other regulations that support the BTC Mission.
  • Engage and coordinate professional services to prepare surveys, Environmental Site Assessments, real estate appraisals and provide legal advice and any other services required for the Program.
  • Work with ArcGIS software and GPS technology to assist in locating property boundaries and trail routes, to produce maps, maintain land attribute data and provide technical support to BTC volunteers and staff.
  • Assist with field inspections, conduct landowner interviews and complete appropriate environmental site screening questionnaires to help the BTC establish environmental condition of potential properties.
  • Assist in the preparation and administration of BTC real estate agreements for purchase and sale, land donations, long term leases/licenses and future land uses. 
  • Assist in the preparation and submission of municipal consent applications pursuant to the provisions of the Planning Act, as well as associated development permit applications pursuant to the NEP attending to conditions of approval as required.
  • Assist in the preparation of submissions under Environment Canada's Ecological Gift Program and American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts and other agencies that provide tax benefits to encourage donations of land or easements.
  • Review and comment on development permit applications circulated by the Niagara Escarpment Commission for lands impacting the Bruce Trail corridor.
  • Prepare informational materials for volunteers engaged in land securement and landowner relations. Coordinate and prepare for committee meetings, providing interim support to committee members on land use and BTC policy issues. 
  • Maintain up to date files, documents, records of contacts and negotiation reports for individual properties for BTC files and database.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned


Job Specifications


  • University Degree in Land Use Planning or related discipline with a minimum of three years land use planning experience
  • Membership in Ontario Professional Planners Institute and Canadian Institute of Planners is preferred.
  • Highly developed research, analytical, report writing, communication, organizational and project management skills are preferred.
  • Must have ability to travel and provide own transportation, and be comfortable working flexible hours.


To Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter with your salary expectations to Human Resources with subject line "Planning and Property Assistant" by 4:00 pm on Friday March 30, 2018, attention - Jackie Randle.



Public Outreach Assistant (summer student position)

Location: Hamilton
Application deadline: April 9, 2018

Term:     May 17 - Oct 28, 2018
              5 days/week May through August; Weekends only September & October

The Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) is seeking an enthusiastic, dynamic individual to join our team as Public Outreach Assistant this spring, summer and fall.

The Public Outreach Assistant will carry out our Bruce Trail Experience program centering on BTC-branded information booths at Bruce Trail trailheads in the Hamilton/Burlington area. The successful candidate will be actively interacting with trail users to raise awareness of the Bruce Trail and the BTC, gain a better understanding of trail users, and encourage support for the BTC through memberships, donations and product sales. When not in the field, the Public Outreach Assistant will provide administrative assistance and customer service at the Bruce Trail Conservancy office in Dundas.
This position will report to the BTC Director of Communications & Fund Development.

Key Responsibilities:

Trailhead Outreach:

  • Conducting outreach at an outdoor BTC booth at multiple trailhead and community locations along the Bruce Trail in the Hamilton and Burlington areas.
  • Raising awareness of and support for the BTC through spontaneous, face-to-face conversations with Bruce Trail users and distribution of materials.
  • Selling memberships and products; Maintaining accurate sales and attendance records.
  • Conducting a Trail User Survey (via paper or digital) of visitors to booth to gather information about demographics, use patterns, motivations and brand awareness.
  • Transporting, setting up, and disassembling BTC promotional canopy and booth materials.

Office Administration:

  • Processing of memberships, donations and sales from booths and/or other sources using in the BTC contact database (Raiser's Edge).
  • Mailing membership packages and tax receipts; Answering telephone and email inquiries
  • Working within a team environment and communicating effectively with staff and volunteers.
  • Additional duties as assigned

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Level of Education: Some College/Tech Training or University
  • Experience in sales, customer service, marketing, fundraising, public speaking and/or communications
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, ability to interact and deal effectively with a wide range of individuals
  • Strong computer literacy and proficient in the use of Microsoft Office software. Familiarity with databases (including Raiser's Edge) an asset.
  • Proven ability to maintain a high level of customer service and consistently convey a pleasant and professional manner in person, on the phone, and by email
  • Experience working independently with minimal supervision. An effective self-motivator.
  • Excellent attention to detail. Good judgement and problem-solving skills
  • Experience in cash handling and reconciliation
  • Physical ability and willingness to a) lift, move and set up 10' x 10' canopy and display materials, and b) work outdoors on your feet for extended periods of time
  • Valid Ontario Driver's Licence and access to reliable vehicle with capacity to transport bulky materials
  • Willingness and ability to work weekends, including long weekends
  • Experience working in a non-profit setting and/or working with volunteers an asset.
  • Familiarity with the Bruce Trail will be considered an asset


  • Due to funding requirements, applicants must be between 18 and 30 years old and be currently enrolled full-time in a recognized post-secondary education program with the intent to return to academic studies in September 2018.
  • Must have access to a reliable vehicle in order to travel and transport bulky materials directly to and from trailhead/event locations along the Bruce Trail in the area.


  • May 18 - Aug. 31: 5 days/week, 7.5 hours/day, Friday to Tuesday
  • Sep. 1 - Oct. 28: 2-3 days/week, 7.5 hours/day, Saturday & Sunday (and holiday Mondays when applicable).

Salary: $15.00 / hr

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume via e-mail to with subject line "Public Outreach Assistant" by 4:30 pm on Monday April 9, 2018.

This position will be available pending funding.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.