Canada nationals: Senior Watershed Planner via Indeed

Essex Region Conservation Authority

Essex, ON, Canada 🇨🇦

Windsor and Essex County is a vibrant community located in South-Western Ontario. Offering a rich urban community with world class entertainment, art and culture located minutes from an international border with the United States (Detroit, MI) and easy access to rural areas with historical sites, wineries, golf-courses, parklands and extensive trail systems for the outdoor enthusiast

The Senior Watershed Planner is responsible for the coordination and implementation of ERCA’s planning advisory services functions, including development of ERCA planning policies and communicating policy application and interpretation to municipal and other stakeholders with the intent to address resource management processes affecting natural hazards and natural heritage.

  • Develops Authority planning policies and formulates strategies to address natural resource management in municipal planning initiatives such as Official Plans, Comprehensive Zoning Bylaws, Planning Studies, etc.
  • Formulates and communicates the Authority’s official position regarding planning matters specific to: natural hazards; natural heritage; impacts and acceptability of development proposals; land use planning and other planning issues as they may arise.
  • Coordinates required cross-functional inputs, ensures that planning services are integrated with other Authority programs and makes practical recommendations for information systems, as related to planning function. Upholds the Authority’s records management obligations.
  • Provides expert advice for consideration by planning staff of member municipalities and applicants during pre-consultation committee meetings on planning matters related to ERCA policies, Municipal environmental policies, and Provincial policies regarding natural hazards and natural heritage protection.
  • Appears, as required, before applicable tribunals and appeal boards to provide expert testimony in support of ERCA positions and decisions on planning policy and planning applications.
  • Develops Memorandums of Understandings with municipalities relating to fee-for-service planning activities and responsible for determining and negotiating municipal exemptions of circulation with member municipalities.
  • Participates in regional planning related committees and provides input into 3rd party planning-related studies.
  • Directs and monitors the Watershed Planner, Resource Planner and other Planning positions assigned from time to time, including subcontractors.
  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities consistent with the position as required.


  • Degree in Planning from an accredited University (consideration may be given to a degree in Environmental Science or Geography in conjunction with substantial experience in a Planning role)
  • Five (5) years relevant experience working with legislation and process related to municipal planning, engineering and other related legislative process related experience, including experience in the development of Municipal Planning policies and strategies in relation to Resource Management issues
  • Thorough knowledge of applicable legislation, policies and processes
  • Membership in good standing in the Canadian Institute of Planners, eligible for RPP designation or eligible to be licenced with in 12 months of start date
  • Outstanding communication skills with the demonstrated ability to promote understanding through effective verbal, written and listening skills, facilitate change and build consensus with the community, government, staff, and other stakeholders


  • Typically M-F 8:30am to 4:00 pm. Evening hours may be required to attend scheduled meetings.
  • Environmental Conditions: Work is primarily performed within a standard office environment, and regularly requires periods of visual and mental concentration of 2 to 4 hours duration, prolonged sitting (and associated physical strain), manual dexterity, accuracy and attention to detail. Occasional site visits requiring prolonged standing/ walking, negotiation of obstacles, and bending or stooping
  • Hazards and Risks: normal
  • Schedule involves occasional changes and overtime on short notice and occasional travel to meetings
  • Requirement to attend and conduct presentations, public speaking, conflict resolution, independent action and judgment

To Apply:

1. Send your cover letter & resume in ONE document (either Word or PDF format only) to the email provided by no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, November 20, 2020.

2. Note the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email.

Department: Watershed Management Services

Union Affiliation: CUPE Local 3784

Job Status: Permanent, Full-time

Hours of Work: Typically 35 hours per week, M-F 8:30am to 4:00 pm. with
some evening work required to attend scheduled meetings

Posting Added Date: November 5, 2020

Posting Closing Date: November 20, 2020

Posting Closing Time: 4:00 p.m.

Positions to Fill: One (1)

Progress Status: Receiving Applications

Office Location: 360 Fairview Avenue West, Suite 311, Essex, ON N8M 1Y6

Wage Rate: $38.56-$45.37 (2019 starting rate with scheduled increases) based on experience

Grade: 5

Contact: Nicole Kupnicki, Executive Assistant

360 Fairview Avenue West, Suite 311, ESSEX, ON N8M 1Y6

  • ERCA is an equal opportunity employer.
  • We thank all applicants in advance, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
  • Personal information is collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act and will be used for the purpose of this employment opportunity only.
  • We are pleased to accommodate any individual needs under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require accommodation throughout the hiring process, please contact HR 519-562-9088 to make your needs known in advance.

Application deadline: 2020-11-20

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: $38.56-$45.37 per hour


  • Casual dress
  • Company pension
  • Dental care
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Extended health care
  • Life insurance
  • On-site parking
  • Paid time off
  • Vision care


  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
As circumstances evolve with Covid-19, this position may involve a combination of working remotely and in office. Staff in the Watershed Management Services Department are currently working remotely full-time with limited, scheduld in office attendance.


  • municipal planning, legilsation, engineering or related: 5 years (Preferred)


  • Bachelor’s Degree (Preferred)


  • Registed Planning Professional (Preferred)

Work remotely:

  • No