Canada nationals: Technologist, Flood Risk Management (Engineering Services)

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)

Vaughan, ON, CA

Contract Duration: 1 year 

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 general guidance and direction of the Senior Manager, the Technologist, Flood Risk Management provides operational support to the Flood Risk Management portfolio, including project co-ordination and delivery of capital projects, with focus on water resources engineering, specific to the study of hydrology and hydraulic modeling, floodplain management, flood mitigation and restoration, and flood forecasting and warning. In addition to providing project coordination and technical support duties, this position will be responsible for the maintenance of TRCA’s floodplain mapping, watershed hydrology and hydraulic modeling platforms, specific to incorporating development applications, and TRCA’s flood forecasting and warning systems. Overall, this position plays an integral part in maintaining TRCA’s provincially delegated responsibility of floodplain management and flood forecasting and warning and aligns well with TRCA’s Mission Statement: To protect, conserve and restore natural resources and develop resilient communities through education, the application of science, community engagement, service excellence and collaboration with our partners.

Major Responsibilities:

Project Planning and Management

  • Provides technical support to external consultants retained to complete capital projects. General tasks include:
    • Schedules start up meetings.

    • Collects and issues background information (historical reports, hydrology and hydraulic modeling, etc.).

    • Attends project steering committee meetings.

    • Reviews technical submissions, including correspondence, reports, design drawings, and models.

    • Communicates project status, technical issues, and results to senior Flood Risk Management Staff.

    • Schedules site visits, meetings, open houses, and public meetings, as required per project workplan.

Flood Risk Management Engineering Support

  • Under the direction of the Senior Engineer, Flood Risk Management undertake floodplain mapping updates, extensions and general floodplain mapping maintenance and upkeep. General tasks include:
    • Collect background information including topographic information, municipal as-built drawings.

    • Support hydraulic model development through parameterization input.

    • Input hydrology model results.

    • Undertake internal QA/QC process.

    • As needed, coordinate with the Engineering Services Water Resources team and update TRCA’s floodplain maps based on development applications.

Customer Service

  • Represent the Authority’s interest as a member of internal/external committees, at public meetings and open houses, and in the review of external agency documents. General tasks include:
    • Preparation of figures and mapping for display.

    • Collecting and disseminating technical information including reports, design drawings, and modeling results.

    • Engage and participate with the public and convey technical material in an appropriate manner.

    • Provide follow up information and review meeting notes/minutes as required.

General Duties & Administration

  • Continue to advance knowledge of hydrologic and hydraulic modelling, in an effort to establish solid foundation of technical knowledge.

What you will need to succeed:

  • Minimum completion of post-secondary education in an engineering field, including 3-year College diploma in engineering or Bachelor’s degree in engineering, water resources, environmental or related discipline.

  • Have the ability to obtain P.Eng, LET, CET, or C.Tech designations.

  • 2 years’ experience in engineering practice related to flood and environmental management, and civil engineering, including best management practices.

  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team on projects and studies.

  • Computer literacy using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint). 

  • Practical or theoretical knowledge of hydrologic/hydraulic computer models, including HEC-RAS, MIKE Flood, Visual OTTHYMO, and PCSWMM.

  • Some knowledge of legislation relevant to land use planning, environmental assessment act (provincial, CA, and federal), and water management.

  • Demonstrated time management, analytical, and problem solving skills.

  • Good interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with the general public in a positive, courteous and respectful manner.

  • Ability to demonstrate professional resilience.

  • Valid Ontario “G” Driver’s Licence in good standing.

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 integrity, collaboration, accountability, respect, 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).

  • 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 quoting job posting TRCA-121-21 prior to midnight on May 5, 2021.

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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