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 a Conservation Lands Planner, this position is responsible for undertaking specialized research, providing analysis and consulting with staff and external counterparts for establishing best land management practices that shape sound decision making and long range planning for CVC owned and managed conservation lands. This is achieved through assisting with the development and implementation of planning and 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.
- Post-secondary education in Planning, Environmental Science, Geography, or related field
- 2 years’ experience related to major tasks
- Experience and awareness of parks management principles, park management and master plans, land acquisition and disposition processes, land use/public use policy and planning, 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 issues, challenges and opportunities affecting the management of land in southern Ontario
- Strong analytical and report writing skills
- High proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
- Knowledge of land acquisition funding programs, acquisitions and disposition processes and interpretation of legal records
- Basic knowledge of local and regional official plans, zoning by-laws, specific legislation, regulations and policy statements that affect conservation land management
- Knowledge of Credit River watershed and local areas
Summary of Major Tasks
Policy and Strategic Planning
- Assist with creating strategic, long-term planning framework for properties and for the Conservation Areas System
- Assist with development and update long-term strategic plans and documents for Conservation Areas management
- Assist with the management planning process for CVC Conservation Areas
- Assist with development of background reports summarizing program specific findings, incorporated into Conservation Areas Management and Master Plans
- Provide technical and analytical expertise to assist with the development and implementation of Conservation Areas Management and Master Plans
- Lead the development of Background Documentation Reports and Stewardship Plans for newly acquired properties
- Ensure ongoing compliance with all policy and legislation respecting land and public risk management
- Provide analysis and recommendations for strategic planning documents, including Conservation Areas Master Plans, Trail Strategies and site specific plans
- Assist with preparation and issue Tenders and RFP’s for CVC Master Plans and related studies or projects
- Assist with preparation and administration of contracts with external consultants and contractors
Legal and Risk Management
- Administer CVC Conservation Lands Tax Incentive Program (CLTIP) Applications, Tax Appeals, Requests for Reconsiderations (RFRs) and lead correspondence with MPAC
- Administer Freedom of Information Requests (FOI) for Lands records
- Provide support through site visits, data collection and data analysis under CVC’s Lands Monitoring Program
- Manage Lands legal records and Legal Database for acquisitions, dispositions, management agreements and easements
- Support CVC property acquisitions and dispositions
- Support review of development applications related to CVC Conservation Areas
- 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
- 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
- Support new and strengthened partnership opportunities for conservation land management initiatives
- Support development of partnership agreements to manage functional relationships between CVC and agency, stakeholder or interest group partnerships
Other duties and projects as appropriate to the position.
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.