Specialist (Flood Infrastructure and Hydrometrics)

Vaughan, ON, CA


This is a multi-disciplinary role within the Flood Risk Management Group, which is responsible for flood forecasting, warning, reduction and mitigation.  The Flood Infrastructure and Hydrometrics Specialist will supervise both the flood infrastructure and hydrometric programs at TRCA.   Using guidance from the latest regulatory standards and best industry practices, the Specialist will maintain dams, channels and dykes to ensure safe operation and optimal performance of the structures.  Supervising maintenance staff, the Specialist will coordinate inspections, testing and maintenance activities.  This position also requires the Specialist to act as occasional back-up dam operator and Operations Chief under TRCA’s Incident Management System.  Additionally,  using state of the art hydrometric technology the Flood Infrastructure and Hydrometric Specialist will overseeTRCA’s hydrometric program consisting of precipitation and stream gauge networks.  This position will supervise TRCA’s hydrometric staff and ensure data continuity and quality for TRCA’s Flood Forecasting and Warning Program and other users of this data.


  • Manage special projects as required from project conception, design, installation, operation and reporting. Design hydrometric stations to meet requirements of internal and external agencies.Provide turnkey solutions to meet expectations of clients from project initiation, design, procurement, budget, permitting, data collection and final data product delivery.
  • Coordinate with the Senior Manager – Flood Infrastructure and Hydrometrics the operation, maintenance and surveillance of TRCA dams and channels to meet due diligence and operational requirements.
  • Ensure dams are operated correctly at all times and operational goals are met especially during flood events.
  • Work safely around flooded rivers, heavy machinery, confined spaces, work at heights, extreme weather and night conditions.
  • Conduct daily, monthly and annual inspections on structures to meet Canadian Dam Association and Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry guidelines. Be familiar with Canadian Dam Association and Lakes and Rivers Improvement Act Technical Bulletins to ensure conformance with best industry practices. Reduction of risk to the public and liability for TRCA is a key requirement for this position.
  • Supervise Field Technicians in preventative maintenance tasks, prioritize and identify projects.
  • Coordinate and supervise consultants and contractors working on flood infrastructure ensuring work is done correctly and on budget.
  • Act as dam operator when required (24/7) availability; assume all responsibilities for the safe operation of the dams and maintain close communications with Flood Risk Management staff.Be prepared to work off hours and extended shifts during flood emergencies.
  • Prepare budgets, procurement documents, agreements, construction documents and review reports; proficiency in the development of Request for Proposals, and evaluation of proposals.
  • Supervise Flood Infrastructure and Hydrometric staff in professional development, performance management through development of staff work plans, annual performance summary and professional development plans.Provides coaching/mentoring and disciplinary action when required.


  • Post -secondary degree or diploma in Environmental Science, Hydrology, Water Resources or Civil/Environmental Engineering.
  • 5 years experience in Hydrometrics data acquisition, stream gauge/rain gauge installation and maintenance, developing stage/discharge measurements, project management, supervision of technical staff, supervision of major infrastructure capital projects, ability to read and understand engineering drawings and reports, and emergency management (ERP/EPP, IMS Structure).
  • Valid driver’s license.


  • Advanced knowledge of Excel, Word, Aquarius, Access, ArcView, Sontek Riversurveyor and Hydrosurveyor, Powerpoint.

To apply to this posting, click on the “Apply” icon. Please submit your resume and cover letter quoting job posting #TRCA-032-20 prior to midnight on February 16, 2020.

While TRCA thanks all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for interviews. Please be advised successful incumbent(s) who are not presently permanent TRCA employees may be required to undergo a vulnerable sector and/or driver’s abstract check.

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’s Accommodation Policy, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to the Authority. We welcome applications from all qualified persons.