Local recruitment: Project Manager (Watershed Planning and Reporting)

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)

Vaughan, ON, Canada 🇨🇦

Position Details:

Current Rate of Pay: Min = $45.92, Max = $49.79

Employment Type: Full-Time Contract

Duration of Employment: 10 Months

Hours of Work: 35 hrs/week

Work Location: Head Office

Division: Development and Engineering Services

Business Unit: Watershed Planning and Ecosystem Science

Remote Work: Hybrid

About TRCA:

With more than 60 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario, created to safeguard and enhance the health and well-being of watershed communities through the protection and restoration of the natural environment and the ecological services the environment provides.

TRCA works to protect the integrity and health of the rivers and creeks in the jurisdiction, develop a system of green and natural spaces that sustains local ecosystems, and advance sustainable practices that improve people’s lives within our growing region.

How you will contribute as part of the TRCA team:

Under the guidance of the Senior Manager, Watershed Planning and Reporting, the Project Manager, Watershed Planning and Reporting is responsible for managing the projects that focus on development of integrated watershed and subwatershed plans and reporting products.  These plans and reporting products guide the Authority’s watershed management programs including those related to managing natural  hazard risks, natural heritage, water resources, water quality, ecosystem restoration and management, implementing various green infrastructure and low impact development, and adapting to climate change. The watershed plans and reports also inform the planning and development processes of TRCA’s municipal partners. 

As part of TRCA’s next generation of watershed planning and reporting program, the position plays a key role in managing and coordinating multi-disciplinary technical analysis and content development by TRCA staff and synthesizing them into a coherent narrative to inform management actions. Other responsibilities include assisting in work planning, budgeting, procurement, contract management and staff supervision. The position also involves assisting in engagement with partner municipalities, stakeholders, First Nations and Indigenous groups, and public in the overall visioning for the watershed, communicating current and potential future watershed conditions, and developing management framework for the watershed.  Overall, the position plays a critical role in establishing direction for TRCA’s programs and informs municipal partner and stakeholders initiatives to improve watershed health and resilience and related projects.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Manages initiatives and projects focused on integrated watershed planning, watershed and ecosystem reporting, and integrating watershed initiatives with Lake Ontario health, for TRCA and its partners, under the guidance of the Senior Manager and in collaboration with other TRCA staff.
  • Coordinates activities to engage, collaborate, coordinate, and build consensus with partner municipalities, stakeholders, First Nations and Indigenous groups, and subject matter experts (as needed) to advance watershed planning, reporting, and other related initiatives.
  • Coordinates multi-disciplinary technical analyses (e.g. natural hazards, natural heritage, water resources, and water quality) conducted by various TRCA teams, partner agencies, and/or consultants to inform watershed plans and/or reporting products.
  • Helps conduct background research and prepare the watershed planning documents, technical reports, data management, conduct quality assurance, prepare publication and communication material, including reports to the TRCA Senior Leadership Team, TRCA board, municipal councils, and others, as required, under the guidance of the Senior Manager and in collaboration with other TRCA staff.
  • Supports effective communication of watershed plan findings internally and externally to key implementing partners through multiple mediums including through online GIS-based tools.
  • Supports the development of watershed plan implementation mechanisms and tracking tools for TRCA and its partners in implementation. 
  • Helps develop funding applications in support of the watershed plans and reporting, and manages all aspects of successful proposals (e.g., staff, budgets, timelines, deliverables).
  • Responds to inquiries from municipal partners, governments, stakeholders, First Nations and Indigenous groups, and public related to watershed planning and reporting products.
  • Represents TRCA on external committees, associations, and working groups to share knowledge and to develop partnerships.
  • Supports the Senior Manager on annual budgeting, budget reporting, and other administrative processes including planning, administering, and monitoring budget expenditures, and providing expenditure reports.
  • Generates and approves procurement reports and purchase orders and hires and oversees consultants to complete various aspects of the work, as required.
  • Ensures business processes are streamlined, documented, and cascaded to all team members.
  • Promotes a team-based, innovative and customer-centric service delivery model.
  • Fosters a culture that supports diversity and inclusion both internal and external to the organization.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or as required with departmental, divisional and/or corporate objectives.

What will you need to succeed:

  • Four (4) years university degree in natural resource management, environmental science / studies / planning, geography, or a related field or approved equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Valid Ontario “G” driver’s licence in good standing.
  • 4+ years of experience in managing projects and / or programs related to watershed planning, natural resource management, environmental assessments / monitoring, data analysis and management, environmental reporting.
  • 1+ years of experience in a leadership role managing projects, programs, and teams related to major tasks.
  • Demonstrated project management, coordination, and organizational skills to design, plan and lead complex multi-disciplinary and muti-year projects related to watershed planning and reporting.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with municipal and other governmental partners, stakeholders, First Nations and Indigenous groups, and public on watershed planning initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage project budgets and workplans, prepare and execute coordinated workplans for multi-disciplinary team, and deliver projects within time and budget.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of legislation, policy, and recent developments relevant to environmental management and sustainability issues, in Ontario and the Toronto Region.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and partner with public, private, and civil society sectors to advance science, policy, and practice for healthy watersheds.
  • Excellent communications skills in all modes and ability to understand and synthesize complex technical and policy content into effective communication for a variety of audiences.
  • Excellent interpersonal and facilitation skills to engage in a positive, courteous, and respectful manner and build consensus on watershed planning and reporting related initiatives.
  • Excellent track record of successful implementation of projects, programs, and events
  • Excellent time management, analytical, and problem-solving skills.

What TRCA has to offer you:

As part of a progressive team you will have the opportunity to make a positive impact to preserving and protecting nature, while maintaining a balance between the natural environment and built environment. Working with experts within our field, you will join a team of colleagues that are committed to TRCA’s core values of integritycollaborationaccountabilityrespect, and excellence (icare)

You will be part of a diverse and inclusive organization that:

  • Makes a positive difference in the communities we serve.
  • Fosters high performance and collaborative teams.
  • Provides continuous learning and development opportunities.
  • Offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits program (including Defined Benefit Pension Plan – OMERS/OTPP).
  • Pregnancy & Parental Leave Top-Up Program.
  • Provides unique TRCA Perks.
  • Provides flexible work arrangements.
  • Offers potential for career growth and advancement.

To apply to this posting, click on the “Apply” icon. Please submit your resume and cover letter prior to midnight on February 13, 2023.

While the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) thanks all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for interviews. Please be advised that successful incumbent(s) may be required to undergo a vulnerable sector screening and/or driver’s abstract check as a part of the final step in the hiring process.

TRCA is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace. Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and TRCA Policies, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to the TRCA. We welcome applications from all qualified persons.

Personal information you provide through the TRCA recruitment, selection and onboarding process is collected under the authority of the Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.27. Collection of this personal information is necessary for the proper administration of this recruitment process for employment and volunteer positions with TRCA. Personal information is protected from disclosure pursuant to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  Any questions regarding this collection activity should be directed to the Supervisor of Records, 101 Exchange Avenue, Vaughan, Ontario, L4K 5R6, (416) 661-6600 extension 5216. 





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