Canada nationals: Watershed Engineer 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 Watershed Engineer is responsible for the review of development and regulations applications under ERCA watercourse and shoreline regulations, provision of engineering support for surface water modelling and floodplain mapping, and assisting with field operations, including surveys, data compilation, technical plans and reports.

  • Supports ERCA regulations and plan review functions, providing engineering review of applications under the Conservation Authorities ActPlanning Act, Authority Regulations and other applications; and reviews engineering, stormwater, drainage, and water related studies.
  • Reviews and comments on stormwater management development proposals for submissions related to municipal planning and section 28 of the Conservation Authorities Act.
  • Reviews and provides information and comments on hydrologic and hydraulic models related to floodplain mapping, and maintains related files.
  • Assists with the co-ordination, development, and updating of natural hazards mapping.
  • Provides input to ERCA and municipal policies associated with flooding and erosion, shoreline, drainage, stormwater/green infrastructure, and land use planning regarding a broad range of engineering and resource management issues based on Provincial Policies and relevant legislation and best practices.
  • Assists the primary Flood Duty Officer(s) with stream flow measurements, gauge maintenance, data retrieval, data management and reporting, flood forecasting and warning operations and contingency strategies in accordance with Provincial and local service delivery standards.
  • Assists in the design, tendering, construction and administration of capital works projects.
  • Prepares reports, technical drawings and maps and carries our field surveys for related projects and activities.
  • Other related duties and responsibilities consistent with the position as required.


  • University degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering and 3 years of water resources and other related experience.
  • Designated as Professional Engineer by Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) or eligible to be licenced within 12 months of start.
  • Knowledge of standard hydrologic and hydraulic modelling packages and understanding of GIS applications related to modelling.
  • Knowledge of watershed and shoreline management and planning processes.
  • Proven ability in planning, designing, managing and implementing a variety of water resources projects and programs.
  • Knowledge of Low Impact Design/Green Infrastructure an asset.
  • Proven organizational and project management skills. Demonstrated proficiency with MS Word, Excel & Outlook at an intermediate level.
  • Must possess an MTO Class “G” driver’s licence in good standing
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.


  • Typically M-F 8:30am to 4:30 pm. Evening, weekend and holiday hours may be required
  • Hazards and Risks: Assists with flood monitoring, which may include working in inclement weather and conditions and exposure to unstable shorelines and riverbanks. There may also be risks associated with inspection of projects related site visits and interactions with the public and contractors.
  • 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, with potential exposure to extreme heat or cold, requiring prolonged standing/walking, negotiation of obstacles, and bending or stooping.
  • Attendance at evening meetings (Council and otherwise) and overtime on short notice.

To Apply:

1. Send your cover letter & resume in ONE document (either Word or PDF format only) to by email no later than 12:00 pm on Tuesday, August 3, 2021.

2. Please 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: 35 hours per week, M-F 8:30am to 4:00 pm. with some evening work required to attend scheduled meetings, as required

Posting Added Date: July 19, 2021

Posting Closing Date: August 3, 2021

Posting Closing Time: 12:00 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: $36.93-$42.74 – 2021 rates, based on experience, with scheduled increases

Grade: 5

Contact: Nicole Kupnicki, Human Resources Manager

  • 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: 2021-08-03

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: $36.93-$42.74 per hour


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


  • 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 with limited, scheduled in-office attendance in cohorts.


  • Bachelor’s Degree (preferred)


  • Civil Engineering: 3 years (preferred)


  • Professional Engineer designation by PEO (preferred)