Specialist, Integrated Water Management
2 Year Contract
The Credit Valley Conservation Authority (CVC) is a partnership of the municipalities within the Credit River Watershed. We are dedicated to the conservation, protection, restoration and sustainable development of the natural resources of our watershed. Together we have a long and successful history of ensuring a clean supply of water for human and environmental needs. At this time, we are seeking to fill the position of:Specialist, Integrated Water Management
Summary of Functions
Who are we?
Credit Valley Conservation is one of Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities dedicated to protecting, restoring and enhancing our local natural environment. We care for the Credit River, its streams and tributaries from the headwaters in Orangeville to the shores of Lake Ontario in Mississauga. We are scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, environmentalists, stewards, planners, foresters, recreation experts and much more. We create connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. We inspire appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. We’re leaders and explorers. We are professional and we’re inspired. We know our stuff, and we work every day to make a difference.
Who are you?
You want to be part of an organization with an environmental goal. You get up every day and go to work with purpose. You accept that you may not change the world, but you’ll try to make an impact in your corner. You like to partner with skilled people across many professions. It’s as natural for you think about the outdoors as it is to think out of the box. You’re passionate, responsible and approachable. You do what’s right, not just what’s easy. You care, and it shows.
Why work for us?
We offer competitive public sector pay. We have a good employee benefits program. We’re members of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) pension fund. We have flexible work hours for many positions. We find time to have fun and celebrate successes. You’ll have free access to our parks and discounts on recreational equipment rentals. You’ll know your co-workers by name and will make fast friends. You’ll like being at work.
Today’s water management issues need to be addressed using an integrated and holistic approach which starts at the watershed scale. A paradigm shift is taking place which is leading to an approach that considers the various water systems holistically, across the watershed down to the various points of use to address the impacts of rapid urbanization, climate change, and, impacts to the Great Lakes’ nearshore and biodiversity.
This position is responsible for the development and implementation of programs and projects that further CVC’s objectives in the area of integrated water management, watershed restoration and sub watershed management, restoration and enhancement. Additionally, this job is responsible for leading the implementation of innovative solutions and technologies for improving environmental health, water balance and quality, flooding and erosion practices as well as supporting multiple facets of CVC’s strategic plan.
- Post-secondary education in engineering, specializing in water resources or environmental engineering
- Minimum of two (2) years of experience related to the major tasks;
- Member of Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) or eligible to become a member of PEO;
- Experience with the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of green infrastructure low impact development (LID) stormwater techniques.
- Knowledge of real time control systems, ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) technology and smart grid systems.
- Working knowledge of various hydrologic/hydraulic computer models and database management systems.
- Knowledge of design approaches, policies and procedures relating to innovative stormwater management infrastructure, including LID.
- Strong analytical, communication and organizational skills.
- Strong written and oral communication skills to convey technical data in reports, guidance documents and oral presentations.
- Knowledge of design, policies and procedures related to stormwater and watershed management (e.g. Stormwater Management (SWM) design manual, municipal design standards, bylaws, official plans and current practices for municipalities across Ontario).
- Knowledge of municipal stormwater charge programs, credit and incentive programs.
- Knowledge of innovative mechanisms and strategies for implementing decentralized infrastructure on both public and private properties.
- Familiarity with the economics of decentralized infrastructure (i.e. Return on Investment).
- A solid understanding of pollution prevention initiatives and innovative stormwater management techniques.
- Experience in water resources monitoring including in-stream and stormwater effluent monitoring techniques and protocols.
- Strong computer skills in word processing (Word), spreadsheets (Excel), and database management (Access).
- A solid understanding and familiarity with common hydraulic and hydrologic modelling tools, including HEC-RAS, EPA SWMM and Visual OTTHYMO.
- Strong multi-tasking and project management skills including work plan development, project and budget tracking.
- Working knowledge of the Drainage Act and how projects initiated through this legislation are considered an asset.
- Ability to use the Drainage Act process to develop assessment and maintenance schedules for aggregated, communal stormwater management systems.
- Working knowledge of the Local Improvement Charge (LIC) is considered an asset.
- Ability to work outdoors on uneven terrain and in inclement weather.
Summary of Major TasksIntegrated Water Management
- Provide technical expertise in the design review of green infrastructure low impact development demonstration sites within the Authority’s jurisdiction;
- Represent the Authority’s interest on matters related to water management on applicable boards (e.g. OMB), committees and associations;
- Develop and enhance understanding of integrated water management techniques within the CVC jurisdiction;
- Provide leadership in and coordinate the development of Authority objectives, policies, procedures, guidelines, and programs for water management and watershed restoration;
- Maintain state-of-the-art knowledge related to sustainable water management restoration techniques;
- Review of stormwater management models, including calibration and model output data, and work collaboratively with consultants to revise and update model(s) as appropriate.
- Use commonly-accepted engineering approaches (e.g. MRM analysis) to select, site and size decentralized stormwater management infrastructure;
- Develop suitably sized stormwater management infrastructure at preliminary and functional service levels of detail;
- Liaise with external consultants to develop and review detailed engineering designs for decentralized stormwater management infrastructure;
- Provide critical review of input, calibration and output data from the US EPA Sustain model;
- Integrate CVC project outputs and deliverables into municipal Master Drainage Plans and other relevant documents in support of municipal needs;
- Support the application of the Drainage Act process as a tool for property aggregation to support wide scale implementation of LID on private property in pre-existing urban areas;
- Assessment of the cost efficiencies realized through communal-scale design, implementation and ongoing management of infrastructure;
- Liaise with municipal and provincial partners in order to educate and guide them through the Drainage Act process, and to develop regional municipal capacity in this regard.
- Develop, refine and deliver training which incorporates Authority knowledge, expertise and experience related LID implementation;
- Plan and lead field tours, conferences and workshops;
- Undertake research that documents practical applications of integrated water resource management through literature reviews, interviews and consultation through a combination of webinars and workshops;
- Working in a team environment, develop communication materials such as guidance documents, fact sheets and technical reports, and disseminate products for review to technical advisory committees for comment and refinement for final reporting and publication;
- Assist with the development of guidance documents in coordination with the Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP)
- Assist with the development of plain language reports tailored for target audiences such as commissioners, municipal staff, planners, engineers, public utilities, etc.
- Provide project management oversight, including project design, work plan development, budget preparation, and cost-accounting;
- Prepare terms of reference, communications, reports, and funding proposals for senior staff and Authority Boards as required;
- Hire, supervise and direct consultants in undertaking special projects related to the Credit River Water Management Strategy Update and various watershed restoration initiatives;
- Develop and maintain effective partnerships and client relations with municipal, provincial and federal government staff, other agencies/groups, consultants, academics, utilities, the finance sector and the general public;
- Develop work plans, identify resources needs and establish project charters in partnership with local and regional municipal partners.
- Evaluate and apply for funding that supports the implementation and monitoring of integrated water management projects;
- Develop funding proposals;
- Submit award applications for CVC and project partner recognition;
- Other task as assigned from time to time.
- Anticipated Start and End Dates: (35 hours/week): June 4, 2018 to June 4, 2020
Salary starting at: $67,928
Forward resume by April 29, 2018 to:
Please quote "Specialist, Integrated Water Management" on resume/letter. Resumes/letters submitted electronically must be submitted in Microsoft Word format.
We thank all applicants for their interest. However only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.
CVC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005), CVC will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If you require disability – related accommodations, please inform the Human Resources (HR) staff. All personal information is collected under the authority of the municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.