Local recruitment: Policy Advisor

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Peterborough, ON, Canada 🇨🇦

Organization: Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Division: Resources Planning and Development Policy Branch

City: Peterborough

Job Term: 1 Temporary assignment/contract for up to 24 months

Job Code: 5A008 – ProgPlanEval05

Salary: $69,425.00 – $100,036.00 Per Year
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Posting Status: Open

Job ID: 193543

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We are seeking a policy focused strategic thinker to join a team of policy professionals that contribute to the development, coordination and maintenance of provincial policies and program development relating to water management and associated infrastructure.

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 “How to apply” section if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:

• provide policy advice and expertise related to water management, the construction, operation, maintenance and safety of dams, and the consideration of environmental sustainability and physical infrastructure
• lead and/or coordinate research project teams comprised of ministry and industry staff on matters related to water management planning for dams, the construction, operation, maintenance and safety of dams, and related legislation
• work within a multi-disciplinary environment, regularly interacting with aboriginal communities, tribal councils, municipal governments, industry and NGOs, as well as other ministry divisions and government ministries
• play a key role in participating on staff level intergovernmental and external stakeholder committees, task groups, partnerships and business relationships

How do I qualify?

Policy and practical knowledge:

• knowledge of policy and development principles and techniques to lead and/or coordinate the development of provincial policies and programs related to water management planning for dams, and the construction, operation, maintenance and safety of dams
• knowledge of relevant federal and provincial legislation, government water management and dam infrastructure policies, and resource management policies and practices

Interpersonal and communication skills:

• communication skills to prepare detailed technical reports, proposals, briefing notes, communications, and presentations, as well as to respond to issues, consult with and provide advice to stakeholders
• persuasion and negotiation skills to resolve issues and disputes with stakeholders, governments and other organizations with opposing views
• consultation, facilitation and presentation skills to provide training and make presentations to staff, industry clients, and other stakeholders

Analytical and evaluative skills:

• experience using research and program evaluation techniques to lead research project teams related to water management and dam infrastructure; to investigate issues; and to conduct analysis of options and solutions
• ability to interpret and apply policies, procedures and legislation to ensure legislative compliance and alignment with strategic objectives in the sector

Project management skills:

• project management skills to coordinate research projects; develop project plans, and deliver operational and technical policies and programs to standards and timelines

Additional Information:


  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 24 months, 300 Water St, Peterborough, East Region

Compensation Group:

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Posted on:

Friday, January 13, 2023


  • Less qualified applicants may be considered on an underfill basis.
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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 team will contact you within 48 hours.

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 Friday, January 27, 2023 11:59 pm EST. 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.

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