Local recruitment: Water Resources Policy and Programs Advisor

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Peterborough, ON, Canada 🇨🇦

Organization: Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry

Division: Resources Planning and Development Policy Branch

City: Peterborough

Job Term: 1 Permanent

Job Code: 14015 – Resources Manager 4

Salary: $1,381.84 – $1,774.17 Per Week*

*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement. Understanding the job ad – definitions

Posting Status: Open

Job ID: 180504

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Bring your water resources science and management experience and knowledge of natural hazards and public policy development to this great opportunity in the Natural Hazards Unit, Water Resources Section, Resources Planning and Development Policy Branch.

The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is committed to being an employer of first choice, creating a positive and inclusive work environment.

We offer:
• a defined benefit pension plan
• maternity and parental leave top-up benefits which includes adoptive parents
• comprehensive health plan
• life and disability insurance
• flexible work arrangements
• collegial and professional work culture
• career growth and development opportunities across multiple business areas
• on-the-job training to support your success in the role

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:
• provide expert advice in the development of evidence-based provincial water and water related resource management strategies and policies, with a particular focus on the management of flooding, erosion, and other water-related natural hazards
• coordinate and conduct research
• provide advice to resolve natural hazards and water management issues
• provide advice regarding the application of Ontario’s Natural Hazard Technical Guides
• represent the provincial or ministry interests on committees and liaise with clients to foster partnerships

How do I qualify?

Technical expertise:

• You have knowledge of water related legislation (e.g. Conservation Authorities Act, Lakes and Rivers
Improvement Act, Provincial Planning Act, Municipal Act) policies (e.g., Provincial Policy Statement, Ontario’s Natural Hazard Technical Guides), programs (e.g. Emergency Management, Ontario Low Water Response Program, Flood Forecasting and Warning Program, etc.).
• You can address water management issues and support sustainable water management practices.
• You have expert knowledge of scientific theories, principles and practices related to water resource management and hydrological concepts, as well as management practices and planning approaches.
• You have knowledge of social, economic, environmental and political trends and environmental scanning techniques.

Interpersonal and communication skills:

• You have proven communication skills, judgement, tact and diplomacy to gather and exchange information and explain initiatives.
• You have consultation skills to work with stakeholders (e.g. Indigenous communities, municipalities, conservation authorities, other ministries etc.).
• You have written communication skills to prepare research summaries, develop reports and communication strategies.

Analytical skills:

• You have proven data collection, analysis and interpretation skills in addition to analytical problem-solving skills, specifically related to water resource science and hydrology
• You can apply data and information analysis techniques to evaluate policy and program options and make recommendations.
• You can assess issues and provide recommended approaches to resolution.

Project management and leadership skills:

• You have project management experience and team leadership skills to provide effective input into water-related policy and strategic initiatives in a multi-disciplinary team environment.

Computer proficiency:

• You are proficient with software such as word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, and project management tools to present and prepare your own materials.

OPS Commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti- racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.
We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.
Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.
We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario’s Human Rights Code. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

Additional Information:


  • 1 Permanent, 300 Water St, Peterborough, East Region

Compensation Group:Ontario Public Service Employees UnionUnderstanding the job ad – definitionsSchedule:3-ACategory:Policy and AnalysisPosted on:Thursday, April 28, 2022Note:

  • Less qualified applicants may be considered on an underfill basis.

How to apply:

  1. You must apply online.
  2. Your cover letter and resume combined should not exceed five (5) pages. For tips and tools on how to write a concise cover letter and resume, review the Writing a Cover Letter and Resume: Tips, Tools and Resources.
  3. Customize your cover letter and resume to the qualifications listed on the job ad. Using concrete examples, you must show how you demonstrated the requirements for this job. We rely on the information you provide to us.
  4. Read the job description to make sure you understand this job.
  5. OPS employees are required to quote their WIN EMPLOYEE ID number when applying.
  6. If you require a disability related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please Contact Us to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours.

Please be advised that the results of this competition may be used to form an eligibility list of qualified candidates to potentially fill future vacancies represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). In accordance with the Collective Agreement, eligibility lists are shared with OPSEU representatives. By applying to this competition, you are providing consent that your name may be shared with OPSEU representatives.All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee’s exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.Remember: The deadline to apply is Thursday, May 12, 2022 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

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Accommodation is available under the Ontario’s Human Rights Code.
Note: The only website where you can apply on-line for positions with the Ontario Public Service is http://www.gojobs.gov.on.ca