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Aquatic Toxicology Technologist

Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Environmental Sciences and Standards Division, Laboratory Services Branch
Job Term:
1 Temporary for up to 18 months with possible extension
Job Code:
16053 - Technologist 2, Chemical Lab
$1,183.75 - $1,397.09 Per Week*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.
Posting Status:
Job ID:
Are you an experienced professional interested in assessing the effects of contaminants in environmental samples on aquatic organisms?

Join the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks and be part of our team which is dedicated to providing scientific solutions to environmental challenges.

NOTE: Job requires working weekends and holidays on a rotating basis (up to 26 weekends/year). Schedule to be determined.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:

• provide general laboratory testing culturing and related activities in the Aquatic Toxicity Unit
• provide data management, interpretation and reporting as well as quality management support to the unit
• possibility of field work to collect samples

How do I qualify?


• The position requires the successful candidate to have a valid class G driver's licence or equivalent. The offer of employment is conditional upon the successful candidate providing proof that they have a valid driver's licence upon being hired.

Environmental Testing Knowledge and Experience:

• You have knowledge of the science, theories, principles and practices of aquatic biology (e.g. toxicity testing and aquaculture) as it applies to environmental testing
• You have knowledge of systems for maintaining appropriate environmental conditions for maintaining healthy organisms in cultures and for testing
• You have the knowledge of the techniques and practices of humane test culture maintenance to ensure healthy test specimens
• You have knowledge of the techniques for the collection and preparation of water and sediment samples for biological testing to provide advice to clients or to take samples
• You have practical experience in an environmental lab culturing and performing aquatic toxicity testing and bioaccumulation studies using aquatic organisms such as Rainbow trout, Fathead minnows, Lumbriculus variegatus, Hexagenia spp., Hyalella azteca, Chironomus dilutus and Daphnia magna.

Environmental Legislation and Guidelines:

• You know relevant occupational health and safety legislation (e.g. Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and Safety Data Sheets (SDS))
• You have knowledge of effluent toxicity limits and water quality objectives under provincial and federal regulations and guidelines
• You have knowledge of Ontario and Canadian water discharge regulations and associated toxicity testing requirements to perform tests correctly
• You have knowledge of laboratory quality assurance practices and ISO 17025 standards

Project Management, Analytical and Research Skills:

• You have experience managing multiple, technical projects and scientific studies
• Job requires analytical and investigative skills to summarize test findings and provide conclusions and recommendations or best professional judgment, (e.g. recommending follow-up actions to management on standard method requirements)
• You have diagnostic and problem solving skills to detect and react to a problem
• Job requires knowledge and experience with the operation and maintenance of basic analytical instrumentation to measure chlorine (amperometric titration) and ammonia content (specific ion meter) as well as pH (pH meter) and conductivity (conductivity meter) of water samples to ensure quality results and basic laboratory equipment such as balances, microscopes and pipettes.

Computer and Communication Skills:

• You can communicate in a clear and concise manner
• You can draft a variety of written materials and have experience preparing scientific reports and papers for publication
• You contribute to a team environment and share duties in a collaborative manner
• You have knowledge of databases such as Laboratory Information Management System, mathematical and statistical tools, word processing, data management and assessment to evaluate and summarize test results.

OPS Commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti-racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit theOPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

Additional Information:

  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 18 months, 125 Resources Rd, Etobicoke, Toronto Region
Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Science and Engineering
Posted on:
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
  • T-ET-176679/22

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    Effective October 1, 2021, the OPS COVID-19 Safe Workplace Directive requires all Ontario Public Service employees to provide proof they are fully vaccinated, meaning they are fully vaccinated as defined by the Ministry of Health (refer to: COVID-19 Fully Vaccinated Status in Ontario), including 14 calendar days have passed since receiving their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

    Employees who do not provide proof of full vaccination will be deemed ‘not vaccinated' under the Directive and will be required to attend a vaccine education program and undergo regular rapid antigen testing. Employees who are not vaccinated under the policy with a valid medical exemption will not be required to attend a vaccine education program but must undergo regular rapid antigen testing.
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