22-31: Specialist, Watershed Monitoring

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 Senior Analyst, Watershed Plans and Monitoring, this position will lead analysis, interpretation and reporting of environmental data to support CVC’s Integrated Watershed Monitoring Program (IWMP). In addition, the successful candidate will lead reporting and communication initiatives to support the implementation of CVC’s Climate Change Strategy.

Eligibility Requirements

  • In-depth theoretical and applied knowledge of climate science, ecological principles and landscape ecology
  • Demonstrated knowledge of advanced statistical analysis principles and techniques that can be applied to ecological and environmental data sets
  • Demonstrated ability to review and synthesize scientific literature related to climate science, ecology and environmental science, and communicate those results to relevant parties
  • Demonstrated knowledge of information management practices and protocols
  • Proven ability to lead and manage complex and interdisciplinary research projects
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other program leads and senior management
  • Demonstrated experience in technical report writing and communication of complex scientific information in a variety of formats to a diversity of audiences
  • Excellent interpersonal, critical thinking, complex problem solving and decisions-making skills
  • Demonstrated ability in independent thinking and action, ingenuity and creativity
  • Excellent communication, presentation and writing skills
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Good working knowledge of word-processing, data base management/design and other office computer software including basic GIS applications
  • Demonstrated knowledge of statistical software packages such as ‘R’, STATISTICA, PC ORD or other similar programs

Summary of Major Tasks

Analysis and Tool Development in Support of Monitoring

  • Apply current and innovative techniques to lead the analysis, interpretation and reporting of environmental data, to support the Integrated Watershed Monitoring Program (IWMP), Cause and Effect Program (CEP), Watershed Plan and other programs and projects as required
  • Lead technical report writing for the monitoring section and other CVC departments where appropriate with a focus on integrative and synthesis reports detailing monitoring results and tool development
  • Assist in the development of analytical tools that can be used in cause and effect monitoring, watershed planning or other CVC projects
  • Assist in the development and modification of sampling protocols, where appropriate to support a robust analytical framework
  • Supervise, train and evaluate staff, volunteers and interns as necessary

Reporting and Communication in Support of Climate Change Strategy

  • Review and digest climate change research and reports, and communicate relevant information to internal and external partners
  • Contribute towards the Implementation of the Climate Change communication strategy and Climate Change Action Plan Report (e.g. background science section)

Other duties as assigned by the Senior Analyst, Watershed Plans and Monitoring

Vaccine Policy

New employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as defined by the Ministry of Health as a condition of employment and must have satisfied the full post vaccination period required to ensure vaccination efficacy. The requirement to be fully vaccinated is subject to the Ontario Human Rights Code.  If you are not fully vaccinated, a documented medical reason provided by a physician or registered nurse and time period for the medical reason may be accepted.

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