Local recruitment: Projects and Planning Advisor

Ontario Ministry of the Environment Conservation and Parks

Toronto, ON, Canada 🇨🇦

Do you want to have a positive impact on the health of Ontario’s sources of drinking water? Are you a self-starter that works well with diverse groups and individuals? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you to take a lead role in the shaping of source protection plans in Ontario and influencing provincial decision making to protect Ontario’s sources of drinking water in a challenging, yet highly rewarding work environment.

NOTE: This position is located at 40 St. Clair Ave W., Toronto, however alternate and/or flexible work arrangements may be available.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:
• Provide strategic advice in branch decision making processes and managing corporate initiatives
• Lead/coordinate program development projects using project management tools
• Lead and conduct strategic planning and program evaluation activities that may be contentious or politically sensitive
• Provide advice to multiple internal and external stakeholders
• Provide guidance and professional advisory services
• On behalf of the branch and division, lead and participate on diverse team and committees to support implementation of source protection plans
• Resolve challenging problems and opposing stakeholder views on drinking water issues

How do I qualify?

Oral and Written Communication and Presentation Skills

You have:
• Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills, consultation, and facilitation skills to exchange information and consult on shared interests and projects, internally and externally
• Collaboration skills to work with other staff and program stakeholders to resolve issues and concerns
• Oral presentation skills to effectively provide guidance and training to program staff and stakeholders, and advice / recommendations
• Written communication skills to provide clear and concise input to options notes and briefing notes, presentations and reports
• Proficiency using computers and software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations, and Microsoft Teams

Project Management and Leadership Skills:

You can:
• Lead and manage concurrent projects and provide technical, policy and program direction/ interpretation to project teams and ministry staff in a limited timeframe, meeting deadlines
• Regularly monitor and assess program implementation timelines and reporting

Environmental Knowledge and Technical Skills

You have:
• Ability to interpret and apply various government (municipal, provincial, federal) and ministry policies, directions and objectives pertaining to the work in the branch on source water protection, conservation authorities and related environmental legislation (eg., Clean Water Act, Conservation Authorities Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Environmental Protection Act, Ontario Water Resources Act, Environmental Assessment Act, Great Lakes Protection Act, etc)
• Knowledge of and skills in theories, principles, practices and methods of environmental protection, management and science
• Knowledge of program development, planning, reporting and decision-making processes, policies, practices, guidelines and techniques

Analytical, Problem Solving and Issues Management Skills

You can:
• Analyze trends, monitor and evaluate program and project issues
• Assess and evaluate program performance, compliance and effectiveness
Take an analytical approach to assessing issues and solving problems
• Understand and apply risk analysis principals for program issues
• Research, synthesize information and identify best practices; make recommendations to manage issues

OPS Commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti- racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the  OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario’s Human Rights Code. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

Additional Information:


  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 18 months, 40 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, Toronto Region

Compensation Group: Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario Understanding the job ad – definitions Schedule: 6 Category: Lands and Resources Posted on: Tuesday, August 10, 2021 Note:

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    The information that you provide for the purpose of this competition and the results from this competition may be used to fill other positions These positions may be of various tenures including short-term assignments. Your information and the results from this competition will be retained for the purpose of filling vacancies in accordance with the applicable collective agreement or policy provisions.

How to apply:

  1. You must apply online.
  2. Your cover letter and resume combined should not exceed five (5) pages. For tips and tools on how to write a concise cover letter and resume, review the Writing a Cover Letter and Resume: Tips, Tools and Resources.
  3. Customize your cover letter and resume to the qualifications listed on the job ad. Using concrete examples, you must show how you demonstrated the requirements for this job. We rely on the information you provide to us.
  4. Read the job description to make sure you understand this job.
  5. OPS employees are required to quote their WIN EMPLOYEE ID number when applying.
  6. If you require a disability related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please Contact Us to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours.

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