Planning Ecologist (1 Permanent And An 18-Month Contract)

Conservation Authority Mississauga Credit Valley Conservation Authority

Planning Ecologist (1 permanent and an 18-month contract)


At this time, we are seeking to fill the position of:Planning Ecologist (1 permanent and an 18-month contract)

Who are we?
Credit Valley Conservation is one of Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities dedicated to protecting, restoring and enhancing our local natural environment. We care for the Credit River, its streams and tributaries from the headwaters in Orangeville to the shores of Lake Ontario in Mississauga. We are scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, environmentalists, stewards, planners, foresters, recreation experts and much more. We create connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. We inspire appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. We’re leaders and explorers. We are professional and we’re inspired. We know our stuff, and we work every day to make a difference.

Who are you?
You want to be part of an organization with an environmental goal. You get up every day and go to work with purpose. You accept that you may not change the world, but you’ll try to make an impact in your corner. You like to partner with skilled people across many professions. It’s as natural for you think about the outdoors as it is to think out of the box. You’re passionate, responsible and approachable. You do what’s right, not just what’s easy. You care, and it shows.

Why work for us?
We offer competitive public sector pay. We have a good employee benefits program. We’re members of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) pension fund. We have flexible work hours for many positions. We find time to have fun and celebrate successes. You’ll have free access to our parks and discounts on recreational equipment rentals. You’ll know your co-workers by name and will make fast friends. You’ll like being at work.

Summary of Functions
Reporting to the Manager, Planning Ecology, this position is responsible for implementing CVC’s environmental policies and guidelines, providing analysis and ecological support for the planning and development related programs. In addition, this position works on interdisciplinary teams of professionals to provide direction on planning and development related matters pertaining to natural heritage system planning including terrestrial, aquatic, and landscape components.

Eligibility Requirements

  • University education in biology, ecology or a related discipline.
  • Certification in Ontario Wetland Evaluation System and training in the Ecological Land Classification System for Southern Ontario would be an asset.
  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience related to the major responsibilities.
Knowledge, Skills and Ability
  • Working knowledge of the Planning Act, Conservation Authorities Act, Environmental Assessment Act, as well as provincial plans such as the Provincial Policy Statement, Niagara Escarpment Plan, Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and A Place To Grow Plan.
  • Strong working knowledge of ecological principles, ecological land classification systems, aquatic/terrestrial flora and fauna, and natural heritage systems planning and management.
  • Ability to read and interpret construction plans and drawings.
  • Proven skills in negotiation, presentation and project management; and ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • Excellent teamwork and customer service skills, including the ability to work respectfully and inclusively with diverse stakeholders.
  • Able to work in a collaborative work environment with a passion for sharing knowledge and ideas with others.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills to explain rules and procedures clearly to the public.

Summary of Major Tasks

  • Plan Review, Plan Input and Regulations
    • Review Planning, Act, Conservation Authority Act and Environmental Assessment Act applications from an ecological perspective identifying where CVC policy and program interests may be affected.
    • Review and provide ecological comments on planning and development related applications, municipal and internal initiatives, as well as comprehensive environmental studies from an ecological perspective.
    • Conduct site/field visits in support of permit and planning applications and client inquiries.
    • Provide expert advice on planning matters that may require appearances at CVC Hearing Board, LPAT hearings, etc.
  • Program Implementation
    • Provide a solution-oriented approach while demonstrating strengths in creativity, analytical analyses, and scientific methodologies and protocols.
    • Implement CVC planning and environmental policies and programs in consideration of federal, provincial and regional/local municipal policy directions and legislation.
    • Remain current on Provincial legislation, municipal directions of watershed partners, CA divisional requirements etc. in order to adapt and implement changes to Planning and Regulations programs and requirements.
    • Liaise and integrate with other CA staff and departments to ensure complementary approaches and programs for partners and members of the public.
    • Identify concerns and opportunities to address inefficiencies and effectiveness of the Planning program.
    • Assist in the development and implementation of programs and projects to communicate and promote Planning and other CA departmental programs.
  • Representation of CVC
    • Represent CVC and provide expert testimony at meetings, committees, hearings, tribunals, etc.
    • Maintain a professional and positive relationship with internal staff as well as external clients and partners.
    • Ensure the CVC’s obligations under agreements with partnering agencies such as our member municipalities and Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (construction timing windows) are met.
  • Development and/or Input for Technical Reports
    • Provide technical (ecology) support in the development and review of watershed planning and natural heritage system planning related activities internally and with partnering agencies.
    • Assist in the development of planning ecology related technical guidelines supporting plan review, plan input and regulatory programs.

Additional Information

Anticipated Start: May 28, 2020 (35 hours per week)        

Salary starting at: $76,355

Forward resume by April 5, 2020 to:

Credit Valley Conservation

Please quote "Planning Ecologist (1 permanent and an 18-month contract)" in the subject line of your application email, as well as in the resume/letter.

Resumes/letters submitted electronically must be submitted in Word or PDF format as one document.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

CVC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005), CVC will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If you require disability – related accommodations, please inform the Human Resources (HR) staff. All personal information is collected under the authority of the municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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