Research Project Manager (Water and Climate)

Vaughan, ON, Canada 🇨🇦

Summary of Function:

Under the guidance of the Senior Research Scientist, Urban Sustainability, the Research Project Manager, Water and Climate is responsible for project management of research or assessment projects that integrate the science and/or engineering principles of hydrology, stream hydraulics and climate change to inform policy and best management practice for a variety of water-related issues, including stormwater management, aquatic ecosystem health, green infrastructure implementation, watershed management, and climate change adaptation. This position may also undertake quantitative or qualitative analyses deliver technical leadership and enable effective partnerships with academia or other research institutions. Additionally, the Research Project Manager will work with the Watershed Specialist, Etobicoke-Mimico and Climate Program Lead to provide advisory or capacity function to the Ontario Climate Consortium Secretariat. Finally, the Research Project Manager participates in overall Research and Knowledge Management program strategic planning, including the identification of knowledge gaps and research priorities.


  • University degree at Master’s level or higher in hydrology, water resources engineering, environmental science, aquatic ecology, stream geomorphology or related discipline.
  • 3-5 years’ of experience related to major responsibilities including demonstrated understanding of the consideration of climate change as it applies to water management.
  • In-depth theoretical and applied knowledge of integrated water management, hydrology, water resources engineering, ecohydrology, stream geomorphology or related field.
  • General knowledge of legislation, public policy and strategies pertaining to water resources, watershed planning, land use planning, and natural heritage planning.
  • Proven ability to research, analyze, organize, translate and communicate complex scientific information to senior management, municipal partners and general public.
  • Emerging ability to develop and maintain collaborative, transdisciplinary partnerships with variety of research and funding partners leading to high impact research teams and outcomes.
  • Competency in financial planning and budget preparation.
  • Established networks within local and non-local academic institutions, and other research-related agencies or institutions, an asset.
  • Working knowledge of innovative project planning, presentation or database software (beyond Microsoft suite products), an asset.
  • Knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • Valid Ontario driver’s license preferred.

Summary of major tasks:

  1. Leads the management of approved modelling studies and other research projects or initiatives that can be small-medium scale, complex, interdisciplinary and may involve internal and external stakeholders.
  2. Undertakes all project management duties, including retaining consultants and administering contracts, communicating effectively with Steering Committee and/or stakeholders, and ensuring that high-quality work is delivered within project timelines.
  3. Coordinates formal academic partner-led research projects that receive TRCA funding and/or Letter of Support and in-kind resources.
  4. Designs and carries out detailed technical analysis or assessment (e.g. GIS analysis, statistical or trend analysis, modelling, risk or scenario analysis, literature review or other qualitative assessment approach).
  5. Provides subject matter expertise to the Ontario Climate Consortium Secretariat and other internal TRCA groups or programs, senior management, partner municipalities and stakeholders on topics related to water resources, climate change and urban sustainability.
  6. Recommends and pursues strategic funding opportunities, including the writing and submission of formal or informal funding applications.
  7. Supervises seasonal, contract or interning Research Technicians, ensuring that staff work in a safe manner, utilize all required health and safety equipment and personal protective equipment, and follow all measures and practices in accordance with the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  8. Facilitates the building of new or strengthening of existing formal, long-term research partnerships with leading universities, government agencies and non-government organizations in accordance with the corporate research partnership development process.
  9. Tracks and reports all expenses or revenues, and completes quarterly budget review for assigned accounts that support relevant RKM projects.
  10. Engages and effectively communicates with municipal partners, other conservation authorities and Conservation Ontario to further collective research interests and facilitate knowledge transfer or exchange.
  11. Represents TRCA on external technical advisory committees, working groups, issue-based panels/task forces.
  12. Attends and presents at leading conferences, scientific or engineering roundtable gatherings or municipal/public events to broadly enable knowledge transfer or exchange, and build/strengthen networks.
  13. Publishes subject-appropriate research in peer reviewed journals or grey literature.

TRCA is committed to providing accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.  If you require accessibility related accommodations, please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.