Local recruitment: Project Manager (Watershed Planning and Reporting)

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)

Vaughan, ON, Canada 🇨🇦

Division: Development and Engineering Services

Type: Full-time contract

Salary range: $81,943 – $88,840, 35 hours per week

Location: 101 Exchange Avenue, Vaughan , Ontario

Closing date: Aug 12, 2021

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, Watershed Planning and Reporting (WPR), the Project Manager, Watershed Planning and Reporting is responsible for the preparation of updates to watershed plans, strategies and reporting products. Watershed plans are complex multi-year, multi-stakeholder strategic documents that require considerable coordination, technical knowledge, and engagement with internal and external groups.  This position is key to executing these plans as part of TRCA’s renewed corporate Watershed Planning & Reporting program that facilitates municipal compliance with provincial policies that require watershed plans to inform municipal land use planning and infrastructure decisions.  Watershed reporting products that the team is responsible for include maintenance of an online reporting application and periodic release of the TRCA version of the Conservation Ontario Watershed Report Cards. 

The position involves stakeholder engagement in the overall visioning for the watershed, communicating watershed conditions, management recommendations, and other findings of the watershed plan and watershed reporting products. Overall, the position plays a critical role in establishing the direction and implementation framework for TRCA watershed management programs, and for guiding the work of our municipal partners and other stakeholders to achieve watershed health through protection, restoration, and remediation.  

Major Responsibilities:

  • Leads the development of the next generation of TRCA watershed plans.
  • Identifies the stressors and management approaches whose effects will be assessed in watershed analyses, in collaboration with partner municipalities and other stakeholders.
  • Determines preferred watershed management directions to address stressors and impacts in coordination with steering groups, resolving conflicts, and building consensus, as required.
  • In collaboration with the Senior Manager, leads watershed plan and reporting product preparation, quality management, publication, and communication, including reports to the TRCA board, municipal councils, and other similar bodies.
  • Supports the Senior Manager in the development of watershed implementation plans for TRCA and its partners that outline for each stakeholder how the management directions in watershed plans should be operationalized.
  • In collaboration with the Senior Manager, leads the development of GIS-based tools and graphics for communicating watershed plan findings internally and to key implementing partners.
  • In collaboration with the Senior Manager, hires and oversees consultants to complete aspects of the work, as required.
  • Develops funding applications in support of the Watershed Planning and Reporting program and manages aspects of successful proposals.
  • Collaborates with team members to integrate watershed reporting into the watershed planning process to provide ongoing and timely watershed reporting to partners.
  • Monitors capital budget expenditures and provides expenditure updates to the Senior Manager.
  • Responds to inquiries from municipal partners, senior governments, other stakeholders, or community members related to watershed planning data and findings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

What you will need to succeed:

  • Four (4) years university degree in natural resource management, environmental science, or environmental sustainability, or a related field or approved equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Master’s degree in natural resource management, environmental science, or environmental sustainability, or a related field a strong asset.
  • Five (5) years of experience in a leadership role managing projects, programs, and teams related to major tasks.
  • Five (5) to seven (7) years of experience in watershed planning, environmental monitoring, reporting and data management.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of legislation, policy and recent developments relevant to environmental management and sustainability issues, in Ontario and the Toronto Region.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing to explain technical information in plain language for a variety of audiences, liaise with specialists and compose scientific and technical reports.
  • Proven project management and organizational skills to design, plan and lead multi-disciplinary reporting, including preparing and managing project budgets, communicate effectively with funders, and maintain commitments to outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop partnerships with organizations in the public, private and civil society sectors to fund, undertake and communicate policy and analysis priorities on environmental and sustainability issues.
  • Excellent stakeholder relationship management skills, problem solving skills, and collaborative and facilitation skills.
  • Demonstrated negotiation and interpersonal skills to reconcile differing points of view and garner support from various stakeholders.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the Conservation Authorities Act and TRCA Regulation; Places to Grow Act and Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe; Greenbelt Act and Plan; Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act and Plan; and Ontario Planning Act and Provincial Policy Statement.
  • Broad understanding of the current trends, challenges, and opportunities in the fields of Green Infrastructure, and urban forestry, and urban sustainability in Ontario.
  • Excellent track record of successful implementation of projects, programs, and events.
  • Excellent time management, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with the partners, stakeholders and the public in a positive, courteous and respectful manner.
  • Computer literate and familiar with business and office software.
  • Valid Ontario “G” driver’s licence.

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-203-21 prior to midnight on August 12, 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.