22-86: Senior Coordinator, Agricultural Extension

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

This position is responsible for developing and implementing programs, tools and communications to engage the watershed’s agricultural community in adoption of land and water best management practices that protect water quality and quantity, build ecosystem resilience to climate change, improve wildlife habitat and biodiversity, and foster a more productive and sustainable agricultural sector.

Eligibility Requirements

Education

  • Bachelor degree with a specialization in environmental sciences/studies, ecology, geography, agriculture, soil science, natural resource management or related field

Experience

  • Minimum of five years of experience related to major tasks
  • Experience working and communicating with agricultural producers, businesses and organizations
  • Experience performing research, data collection, analysis and report preparation
  • Experience preparing and managing project work plans and budgets
  • Experience preparing grant applications and administering grant funds
  • Experience working with or coordinating committees, external partners and volunteers
  • Experience developing and delivering outreach and promotional campaigns and coordinating special events
  • Experience developing and delivering adult environmental education and materials
  • Experience or familiarity with ALUS environmental stewardship program
  • Supervisory experience an asset

Knowledge, Skills and Ability

  • Knowledge of agricultural farming systems and the environmental impacts they can have on natural systems
  • Working knowledge and understanding of environmental sustainability concepts and best management practices within or with reference to the agricultural landscape
  • Excellent verbal, written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Effective at managing multiple projects, prioritizing tasks and delivering results on schedule
  • Strong organizational and project management skills; ability to effectively manage multiple projects with overlapping tasks and within deadlines
  • Familiar with principles of community-based social marketing and behaviour change theory
  • Knowledge of municipal, provincial, federal and conservation authority legislation
  • Proficiency with MS Office, database software and digital mapping software; familiarity with NMAN nutrient management software
  • Valid Ontario ‘G’ Driver’s License
  • Able to work some evening and weekends
  • Willingness and ability to work outdoors in inclement weather

Summary of Major Tasks

Collaboration and Partnerships

  • Represent CVC as a member of inter-agency committees and with other watershed partners; provide resources, advice, presentations, technical and administrative support
  • Foster partnership opportunities with local community groups, organizations, agencies and businesses; develop memorandums of understanding and partnership agreements that offer mutual benefit and help meet program objectives
  • Provide technical expertise and input to other departments or CVC initiatives
  • Provide guidance on agricultural matters to CVC planning staff on permit applications

Promotions, Marketing and Landowner Communication

  • Contribute to development of program and event marketing and communications plans
  • Contribute content for social media, media releases, newspaper ads, newsletters and corporate website
  • Contribute to development of program promotional pieces such as brochures, signage and banners
  • Translate technical language into easy-to-understand information

Program Development and Administration

  • Develop and lead implementation of outreach strategies, campaigns and tools that foster behaviour change and lead to stewardship action
  • Conduct research to inform program development, identify gaps, assess needs and measure program performance
  • Consult with others to ensure that actions taken are supported by the most current science and technical approaches
  • Administer incentive programs that support implementation of agri-environmental projects
  • Lead the implementation of program tracking, monitoring, evaluation and reporting
  • Assist in the development and tracking of program budgets

Education and Outreach to Landowners

  • Conduct site visits, assess sites for stewardship potential and provide advice to farmers about land and water best management practices
  • Respond to landowner inquiries about land management and local environmental issues
  • Develop and deliver workshops, presentations and other educational events to farmers and agricultural organizations
  • Identify needs, write content and oversee production of educational resources such as factsheets and videos
  • Oversee customer relationship management of farmer clients

Project Management

  • Develop program/project workplans and lead implementation
  • Seek innovative funding opportunities and prepare/coordinate proposals for funding to assist in meeting program objectives
  • Prepare requests for proposals and manage consultants in undertaking special work or studies
  • Liaise with CVC staff and outside contractors to assist with planning and implementation of agri-environmental projects
  • Conduct program/project evaluations and prepare reports

Supervision of Staff and other duties

  • Hire, train and supervise staff
  • Coach and track work progress of direct reports; provide input and guidance, set priorities, develop work plans, review and approve work
  • Other duties and projects as appropriate to the position

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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