Sustainability Research Assistant

The City of Cornwall is a progressive community of 47,000 situated on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in Eastern Ontario.  Cornwall boasts a modern economy led by forward thinkers and offers an extensive array of urban amenities making it an excellent place to build and continue a career and raise a family.

The City is currently recruiting for the temporary position of Sustainability Research Assistant. Our ideal candidate is passionate about trees, enjoys working independently outdoors, has strong organizational skills, a positive attitude, an understanding of climate change and the adverse effects of extreme weather conditions, and is adapt to working in all weather conditions, and has a class G driver’s license with a clean driving record.

The Sustainability Research Assistant will inventory ash trees on city property using GPS to facilitate realistic management of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), to prioritize removals, to identify trees suitable for treatment, and for budgeting for tree treatment or removal. The applicant will tag the trees and identify if each tree is good, fair, poor or dead, creating a database to record all information collected. Other tasks will consist of researching grants for tree planting opportunities; scouting out areas in the city in need of green space; and assisting with the City’s tree planting events in September. If time permits, the applicant could assist with the development of the environment section of the City’s website.

This green job will create a meaningful experience by introducing the successful applicant to conservation while having the ability to be outdoors and enjoy nature. It will also provide experience in regards to tree identification and tree conditions as well as invasive species, and provide a first-hand insight to climate change and the importance of resiliency and the impacts on ash trees. The successful applicant will also gain hands-on experience tree planting and assisting with event coordination. They will build employability skills including, but are not limited to, data collection, database usage, computer skills, independence, municipal knowledge, understanding of GPS and coordinates, mapping and GIS, communication, research, writing, organization and time management.


The following additional skills and abilities would be an asset in this position:

  • Basic knowledge of plants, insects and vegetation communities as well as experience using identification keys;
  • Navigational skills including understanding of GPS devices or applications, compass, air photo interpretation, and maps;
  • Educational background or work experience in forestry, conservation, environmental sciences, geography, or similar field;
  • Confidence with online research;
  • Administration experience.


Funding for this program is provided by Canadian Parks and Recreation Association and Parks Canada as part of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS). Due to funding requirements, eligible applicants must be:

  • between 15 and 30 years of age when employment begins (inclusive)
  • a Canadian citizen, or permanent resident or a protected person as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • legally entitled to work in Canada
  • legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations

This 14-week position has an anticipated start date of September 13, 2021. The wage is $14.25/hr for 35 hours/week.

The deadline for submissions is August 22, 2021. 

To apply, fill out the application form online quoting File: 21-128 Sustainability Research Assistant

The Corporation of The City of Cornwall is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.  Information collected will be handled in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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