22-3 Conservation Lands Planner

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

Under the direction of Manager, Land Planning and Management, this position is responsible for development and implementation of land planning and management policies, procedures, and programs for CVC lands.  This position includes planning and implementation of strategic directions, development of land management programming, land acquisition and disposition, development of conservation area management plans, research initiatives, data collection and analysis, information management, and land management administration.

Eligibility Requirements


  • Post-secondary education in environmental planning, parks management, resource management, environmental studies, outdoor recreation, or related discipline


  • 3 to 4 years’ experience related to major tasks
  • Experience and knowledge in land securement and disposition, land use/public use policy and planning, real estate appraisal, parks management principles, natural heritage protection tools, recreation/appreciation trends and environmental best management practices

 Knowledge, Skills and Ability

  • Strong communication skills (written and oral), strong negotiation, analytical and problem-solving skills, project management experience and excellent customer service
  • Working knowledge of the Conservation Authorities Act, Planning Act, Greenbelt Act, Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act, Oak Ridges Moraine Act and other land management related legislation, regulations and plans
  • Working knowledge of Arc View and other GIS software is an asset
  • Knowledge of land securement programs and partners in Ontario
  • Knowledge of Provincial Offences Act and Trespass to Property Act is an asset


Summary of Major Tasks

Strategic and Management Plan Development

  • Create strategic, long-term planning framework for properties and for the Conservation Areas System
  • Development and update long-term strategic plans and documents for Conservation Areas management
  • Lead the management planning process for CVC Conservation Areas
  • Coordinate and administer public consultation, Stakeholder Advisory Committees and Technical Steering Committees
  • Facilitate and negotiate resolutions to sensitive issues and topics with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Interpret and apply CVC, Municipal, Provincial, and Federal legislation and policy within the scope of Authority owned property
  • Determine the application of the Environmental Assessment Act for projects on Authority owned land
  • Undertake and manage Class Environmental Assessments for management plans
  • Provide analysis and recommendations for strategic planning documents, including Conservation Areas Management Plans, Trail Strategies and site specific plans
  • Prepare and issue Tenders and RFP’s for CVC Master Plans and related studies or projects
  • Prepare and administer contracts with external consultants and contractors

Real Estate and Legal Land Management

  • Strategically manage CVC’s real property holdings to achieve goals and objectives of the Authority’s land management program
  • Implement CVC property acquisitions and dispositions
  • Negotiate with landowners for successful transfer of lands and title interests
  • Coordinate with Legal Counsel for execution and registration of land transfer documents
  • Prepare Board reports for approvals of disposition and acquisition of Authority land
  • Prepare and administer funding applications for property acquisition
  • Commission, acquire and administer all related reports and studies required for dispositions and acquisitions
  • Coordinate plan review of development applications that impact Conservation Areas
  • Manage all CVC land Leases and Agreements
  • Administer the resolution of issues related to easements, leases and rental agreements and permission to enter agreements
  • Negotiate and/or re-develop expiring agreements with partner agencies
  • Provide analysis and recommendations for strategic leasing arrangements
  • Research and analyze land titles issues; work with legal counsel to resolve
  • Respond to public inquiries regarding land ownerships and boundary line matter

Property Administration

  • Provide professional expertise to external partners for the development, review and revision of land management policies, strategies and plans
  • Provide technical input and expertise on CVC strategic reports and initiatives
  • Appear at the CVC Board and at Municipal Councils as delegate and/or representative of the organization for land-related projects and programs
  • Represent CVC on external committees
  • Report annually and as required on the status of CVC’s property ownership
  • Manage property tax roll and minimize taxation exposure through conservation programs
  • Manage the resolution of issues related to boundary lines and encroachments
  • Research and analyze land titles issues; work with legal counsel to resolve
  • Respond to public inquiries regarding land ownerships and boundary line matter
  • Explore, initiate and coordinate new and coordinate new and strengthened partnership opportunities for conservation land management initiatives
  • Develop partnership agreements to manage functional relationships between CVC and agency, stakeholder or interest group partnerships

Other duties and projects as appropriate to the position.

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