Specialist, Watershed Plans and Source Water Protection
At this time, we are seeking to fill the position of:Specialist, Watershed Plans and Source Water Protection
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.
Summary of Functions
Reporting to the Chief Specialist, Watershed Plans and Source Water Protection – Watershed Management Department, this position will assist with the coordination and development of CVC’s Watershed Plan update for the Credit River Watershed. This position will also be responsible for providing administrative and logistical support for the Drinking Water Source Protection Program within the CTC Source Protection Region (including Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority, and Credit Valley Conservation jurisdictions).
- A university degree in environmental sciences or studies, or any other degree related to Watershed Planning.
- A minimum of 5 years’ experience related to the major tasks, especially project management, coordination of multiple stakeholder groups, communication skills.
- Demonstrate familiarity with the Drinking Water Source Protection program and the Clean Water Act, 2006
- Strong organizational skills to effectively manage multiple objectives with overlapping tasks and within deadlines
- Ability to work independently and in teams and prioritize tasks in a demanding, service-oriented environment
- Strong multi-tasking and project management skills including workplan development, project and budget tracking
- Ability to coordinate with staff in multiple locations to assign and follow-up on tasks and ensure that work is completed on time
- Ability to prioritize issues in a fast-paced environment with multiple stakeholder groups and interests
- Strong written and oral communication skills to convey, write and understand technical data in reports, input from various discipline, guidance documents and presentations
- Willingness to take on additional tasks to complete time-critical work
- Excellent computer skills in all the Microsoft Office programs including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Access
- Ability to develop strong working relationships that motivate and encourage continued collaboration to advance programs.
- Familiarity with database software and GIS is an asset
- Familiarity with applicable privacy legislation including the Municipal Freedom of Information and Privacy Act to ensure sensitive information is properly managed
- Valid Ontario “G” Driver's license in good standing.
Summary of Major TasksAssist with Watershed Management Plan Development
- Coordinate the review and integration of multi-disciplinary syntheses of the environmental status of the watershed, as well as a summary of existing strategies, guidelines and programs.
- Assist with the development of a comprehensive, integrated understanding of the current conditions and understanding of the related processes in the watershed to expand upon the “State of the Watershed” summaries that exist.
- With input from the various discipline representatives assist with assessing the impacts of future stressors (i.e. urban development, climate change) and management strategies on the long-term health (e.g. the natural heritage system) of the watershed and related risk to member municipalities (i.e. flood or drought risk) with predictive tools
- Assist with the development of a forward-looking Management Plan to guide CVC strategies and programs over the next 20+ years. Includes assisting in the writing and collaboration of input from various sources in the preparation of the Watershed Plan report
- Assist with the implementation of the Watershed Plan over the short and long term including the coordination with internal disciplines and the watershed stakeholders
- Provide support in organizing and take meeting minutes at internal meetings, workshops and any external meetings with Municipalities, watershed stakeholders and consultants, as necessary.
- Participate in internal meetings, workshops and working sessions to facilitate input to the Watershed Plan from the necessary disciplines. This will include regularly scheduled steering committee meetings and regular technical committee meetings.
- Assist the various relevant disciplines in preparing terms of reference for external studies.
- Support coordination of internal staff in completion of assigned work.
- Assist in the preparation and presentation of progress reports as needed.
- Coordinate quality control to ensure that the input provided by the various technical support staff for the Watershed Plans meets the requirements made to them for input to the Plan.
- Assist with the preparation of any updates to the Watershed Plans, ensuring that it meets the needs as laid out in the Strategic Plan and identified in the Vision, Goals and Objectives for the Credit Watershed as identified by the CVC and its member municipalities.
- Participate in meetings facilitated by Conservation Ontario to improve coordination and collaboration between source protection regions/areas
- Arrange for the provision of expert knowledge to provincial working groups (e.g. Risk Management Official WG, Salt Vulnerable Areas WG) as required that impact or inform the source water protection program.
- Organize and coordinate workshops and working group meetings with the purpose of assisting municipalities in understanding their responsibilities with respect to obligations under the Clean Water Act, 2006.
- Researching and providing information and ideas to the supervisor in support of event planning
- Coordinating the development of guidance materials and assembling supplies, display materials and equipment
- Host and coordinate workshops and meetings to communicate the requirements of the CTC Source Protection Plan and its policies
- Compile Annual Report for submission to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. This involves, but is not limited to assembling and analyzing relevant data, developing conclusions, preparing reports with findings and recommendations, and ensuring stakeholders are aware and understand findings and recommendations
- Assist in the preparation of annual reporting to the Source Protection Committee as well as the CTC Source Protection Authority Boards.
- Support the maintenance of the CTC Source Protection Committee operations. This involves preparing preliminary written staff reports summarizing Program developments, developing appropriate materials for training new members, and addressing inquiries.
- Ensure contact information for members are actively kept up-to-date
- Research, source and book venues, contractors and other services and coordinate the welcoming, hosting and informing of participants
- Support the continued maintenance of the Assessment Reports prepared by the CTC Source Protection Committee. This involves, but is not limited to:
- Tracking grammatical and typographical errors which could be revised through a Section 51 amendment under the Clean Water Act, 2006.
- Extracting relevant information from technical reports prepared by consultants for inclusion in the Assessment Reports through a Section 34 amendment under the Clean Water Act, 2006.
- Creating documents which extract relevant information from the Assessment Reports for public consumption.
- Assist in the development of annual work plans, priorities, and goals for the CTC Source Protection Region
- Assist with budget administration of related to the Program to ensure effective and efficient use of resources, compliance with the Transfer Payment Agreement, and provides expenditure updates/reports to the MOECC quarterly.
- Support the preparation of the Local Source Protection Program annual work plan and quarterly reporting to the MECP by assembling relevant information on activities from partnering conservation authorities (CVC, CLOCA, TRCA) and consultants completing technical work
- Prepare documents to calculate and summarize monies spent on various activities and to explain expenditures for annual work plans
- Summarize relevant Program updates, when appropriate, into concise reports submitted to Conservation Authority Boards, or the CTC Source Protection Region Management Committee
- Liaise with CVC Source Water Protection staff to ensure that CVC planned actions and recommendations are in compliance with the Conservation Authority requirements under the Clean Water Act, 2006.
- Provide support to ensure that relevant technical Source Water Protection technical products and Source Protection Plan policies completed for the Credit Valley jurisdiction is incorporated into watershed planning products.
- Collaborate and interact at a project level with CVC watershed plan committee technical leads
- Coordinate the external contract work activities associated with the implementation of the CTC Source Protection Plan or related to updating the contents of the Plan
- Instructs and ensures that contractors follow parameters in accordance with the Clean Water Act, its Regulations, and its Technical Rule
- Organize and maintain electronic and hardcopy correspondence and documents supporting the Drinking Water Source Protection program to comply with the data retention requirements under the Clean Water Act, 2006.
- Anticipated start date: November 30, 2020
Salary starting at: $70,673
Forward resume by November 1st, 2020 to:
Please quote "Specialist, Watershed Plans and Source Water Protection" in the subject line of your application email, as well as in the resume/letter.
Resumes/letters submitted electronically must be submitted in Word or PDF format as one document.
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.