Canada nationals: Chief Specialist (Watershed Plans and Source Water Protection)

Credit Valley Conservation

Mississauga, ON, CA


At this time, we are seeking to fill the position of:Chief Specialist, Watershed Plans and Source Water Protection (1 Permanent Position)

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

The Chief Specialist, Watershed Plans and Source Water Protection, under the direction of the Director, Watershed Management, will lead the development of CVC’s Watershed Plan update for the Credit River Watershed and manage its implementation. This position will also be responsible for the strategic and day to day management of the Drinking Water Source Protection Program within the CTC Source Protection Region (including Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority, and Credit Valley Conservation jurisdictions).

Eligibility Requirements


  • University degree in Natural Science, Hydrogeology, Water Resources Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Planning, or any other degree related to Watershed Planning or Water Resources
  • Graduate degree (M.Sc.) in Engineering or Environmental Science, specializing in Water Resources, would be an asset


  • At least 10 years of experience related to the major responsibilities (15 years’ experience would be an asset)
  • 10 or more years of career experience demonstrating progressively more challenging positions and increasing level of responsibility
  • Experience in facilitation and conflict resolution

Knowledge, Skills and Ability

  • Thorough knowledge of environmental legislation (e.g., Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Environmental Protection Act and Regulations)
  • Thorough knowledge of theories, principles and practices of environmental studies and management
  • Thorough knowledge of the key principles of hydrology and hydrogeology to understand and interpret the source protection planning technical framework
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Planning Act
  • Understanding the requirements of the Clean Water Act 2006 is desirable
  • Demonstrated knowledge of (environmental and business) risk assessment methodologies and implementation
  • Advanced political acuity and strong decision-making skills
  • Strong leadership and management skills to direct the work of staff, including the ability to coach, advise and teach others
  • Ability to engage proactively, establish credibility and trust as well as build relationships with employees of all levels of the organization
  • Superior communications abilities with an emphasis on writing and proven strong presentation skills
  • Ability to impact and influence others at all levels
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate complex or sensitive information to internal staff, external clients and stakeholders
  • Excellent teamwork, interpersonal and customer service skills including the ability to work respectfully and inclusively with diverse stakeholders
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and to deal with issues in a sensitive, efficient and professional-like manner
  • Demonstrated ability to manage finances and proven ability to develop, monitor, administer and report on budgets
  • Advanced-level problem solving, analysis and negotiation skills to respond to issues and develop strategies for resolution.
  • Strong administrative leadership abilities with experience leading successful change in program delivery through leadership of others to meet program goals
  • Ability to independently identify issues, plan for improvements, measure success and continue improvement
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement, evaluate, and manage short- and long-range plans
  • Skilled in project management with the ability to manage multiple projects and the development and implementation of complex projects
  • Strong knowledge and experience with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Strong computer knowledge of systems and software applications to prepare reports, and input, retrieve, and manipulate data to prepare reports, correspondence etc.
  • Valid Ontario “G” driver’s license in good standing

Summary of Major Tasks

Watershed Management Plan Development

  • Develop the Watershed Plan by coordinating a multi-disciplinary team of CVC employees and Consultants, liaising with our municipal partners, communicating with CVC management, and ensuring that the final Watershed Management Plan is clear, concise and offers a blueprint for CVC and partners to move forward.
  • This role includes the need to review and integrate:
  • Multi-disciplinary syntheses of the environmental status of the watershed, as well as a summary of existing strategies, guidelines and programs.
  • Development of a comprehensive, integrated understanding of the current conditions and understanding of the related processes in the watershed to expand upon the “State of the Watershed” summaries that exist.
  • Assess impacts of future stressors (i.e. urban development, climate change) and management strategies on the long-term health (e.g. the natural heritage system) of the watershed and related risk to member municipalities (i.e. flood or drought risk) with predictive tools
  • Development of a forward-looking Management Plan to guide CVC strategies and programs over the next 20+ years.
  • Manage the implementation of the Watershed Plan over the short and long term including the coordination with internal disciplines and the watershed stakeholders.

Watershed Plans Project Management

  • Provide support in organizing internal meetings, workshops and any external meetings with Municipalities, watershed stakeholders and consultants, as necessary.
  • Chair or co-chair all internal meetings, workshops and working sessions. This will include reporting to a regularly scheduled steering committee meetings and holding regular technical committee meetings to facilitate input to the Watershed Plan from the necessary disciplines.
  • Provide direction to internal staff to ensure that any assigned work is carried out in a timely fashion.
  • Prepare, oversee and present progress reports as needed.
  • Conduct quality control to ensure that the input provided by the various technical support staff for the Watershed Plans meets the requirements made to them for input to the Plan.
  • Recognize the need for, and coordinate the preparation of any updates to the Watershed Plans, ensuring that it meets the needs as laid out in the Strategic Plan and identified in the Vision, Goals and Objectives for the Credit Watershed as identified by the CVC and its member municipalities.

Source Water Protection (CTC wide) responsibilities, consultation, and expert advisory services

  • Provide objective advice and recommendations on the implementation of the CTC Source Protection Plan along with trusted advisory services to municipal and provincial staff tasked with implementing policies within the CTC Source Protection Plan.
  • Ensure maintenance and operation of the CTC Source Protection Committee, a legislated, multiple stakeholder group tasked with requirements under the Clean Water Act, 2006.
  • Oversee the relevant technical Source Water Protection technical products and Source Protection Plan policies are completed for the Credit Valley jurisdiction and are incorporated into watershed planning products.
  • Receive and provide advice on source protection considerations as it relates to approval of local applications and decisions in vulnerable areas around municipal drinking water systems.
  • Provide source water protection expertise where there has been an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board or Environmental Review Tribunal
  • Provide input to the development, implementation and continuous improvement of the source protection planning technical framework.

Administration of CTC Source Protection Program and the Management of CTC Source Protection Committee

  • Responsible for all program administration and staffing.
  • Host and support CTC Source Protection Region Management Committee meetings, as necessary.
  • Prepare presentations and briefs Central Lake Ontario, Toronto and Region, and Credit Valley Boards.
  • Lead various CTC working groups (WG) (RMO/RMI WG, Municipal Planners WG, Section 36 Work plan WG, and Annual Reporting WG, Lake Ontario Collaborative Steering and Technical Committees, Education and Outreach Meeting) that have been established to resolve issues and improve efficiencies associated with implementation of plan policies (e.g. land use planning, education and outreach and annual reporting).
  • Maintain the CTC Source Protection Committee (mandated by the Province and including special interest groups, experts, Municipal and community representatives of approximately 24 members), including membership expiry and appointments of new committee members as required to maintain quorum.
  • Facilitate, in conjunction with the Committee Chair, meetings 3 or 4 times annually.
  • Create, plan, and execute the required content for each meeting.

Implementation and Cyclical Amendment of CTC Source Protection Plan

  • Coordinate with and provide guidance to municipal implementing bodies within the CTC Source Protection Region
  • Provide indirect support to provincial ministries and agencies
  • Facilitate the continuous improvement of the CTC Source Protection Plan and the three (3) Assessment Reports
  • Collaborate with municipalities and various staff representing numerous Ministries (MOECC, OMAFRA, MNRF, MTO) to prepare work plan for updates to the CTC Source Protection Plan in line with guidance provided by the MOECC

Staff Supervision and Budget Management

  • Provide direction and guidance on technical matters related to watershed management plans and sources water protection.
  • Supervise, direct and delegate direct report(s) workload along with hiring, training and mentoring staff as required.
  • Lead, advise and coach direct report(s) by demonstrating effective leadership and performance management skills.
  • Establish employee objectives and workplans for direct report(s) and conduct regular check-in meetings. Ensure direct report(s) follow the Performance Management Process (PMP).
  • Develop annual work plans, priorities, and goals for the CTC Source Protection Region and Watershed Plans.
  • Prepare and recommend budget and activities for the Region in keeping with the legislated requirements under the Clean Water Act, 2006, including the management of budgets that support programs and services.
  • Administer and monitor the approved budget and expenditures related to the programs to ensure effective and efficient use of resources and ensure compliance with Transfer Payment Agreements.
  • Evaluate current expenditures, make recommendations, and provide expenditure updates/reports to the MECP quarterly and to Senior Management, as required.
  • Other duties and projects as appropriate to this position

Additional Information

Anticipated Start Date: July 27, 2020 (35 hours/week)

Salary starting at: $106,543.00 – $126,837.00

Forward resume by July 5, 2020 to:

Credit Valley Conservation
Email: [email protected]

Please quote “Chief Specialist, Watershed Plans and Source Water Protection (1 Permanent Position)” in the subject line of your application email, as well as in the resume/letter.

Resumes/letters submitted electronically must be submitted in Word or PDF format as one document.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

CVC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005), CVC will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If you require disability – related accommodations, please inform the Human Resources (HR) staff. All personal information is collected under the authority of the municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.