Senior Specialist, Water And Climate Change Science – 1 Permanent Position

Conservation Authority Mississauga Credit Valley Conservation Authority

Senior Specialist, Water and Climate Change Science – 1 Permanent Position

Anticipated Start Date: January 26th, 2020, Full-time

At this time, we are seeking to fill the position of:Senior Specialist, Water and Climate Change Science – 1 Permanent Position

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

The successful candidate will work will assist in developing and implementing watershed management and climate change programs that further CVC’s objectives. They will provide effective project management, and excellent and efficient customer service delivery.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Post-secondary education in environmental studies, engineering, technology or related field
  • Minimum five years’ experience related to major tasks and field experience
  • Minimum one years’ experience supervising staff and leading others
  • Demonstrated knowledge of integrated watershed management, climate science and land use planning
  • Strong project management and program coordination skills including project planning and organization
  • Demonstrated ability in team leadership, staff development and client relations
  • Strong communication, written, verbal, and presentation skills
  • Well organized, a strategic thinker and the ability to make effective decisions
  • Effective research, problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Effective computer skills in MS Office; Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with demonstrated ability to build strong relationships.
  • Great attention to detail and ability to multi-task effectively
  • Valid Class G Ontario Driver’s License

Summary of Major Tasks

  • Lead special projects such as developing “Guidance for Setting Level of Service/Level of Risk for Watershed and Stormwater Management”. This project involves coordination between CVC and external partners to provide guidance materials to support watershed planning and municipal stormwater master asset plans.
  • Work with CVC staff and external partners to develop terms of reference for watershed studies in greenfield and existing urban areas.
  • Provide technical support to CVC divisions for risk-based climate assessments to inform CVC’s corporate business plans.
  • Provide ongoing support and training to CVC’s Flood Forecasting and Warning program, various communications programs, and external partners.
  • Project management, including; project design, work plan development, budget preparation, cost-accounting, report writing, and collating comments.
  • Provide project coordination including: coordinate meeting scheduling, meeting preparation, facilitation, recording minutes, follow-up for focus groups, steering committee meetings, technician meetings.
  • Supervise and direct consultants and provide leadership to CVC staff by directing work and reviewing performance.
  • Develop of technical tools, reports, case studies and/or guidance documents. This includes disseminating products to technical advisory committees for comments and incorporating feedback into final products.
  • Maintain state-of-the-art knowledge in risk-based tools, climate science and integrated watershed management techniques.
  • Secure external funding through grant applications and/or partnerships.
  • Participate in Riverwatch. Low water level duties as assigned.
  • Provide leadership in and coordinate the development of the Authority’s objectives, policies, procedures, guidelines, and programs for climate change and watershed science.
  • Maintain effective partnerships and client relation with municipal, provincial, and federal government staff, other agencies/groups, consultants, academics and the general public.

Additional Information

Salary starting at: $74,839

Forward resume by January 2nd, 2020 to:

Credit Valley Conservation
Fax: (905) 670-5613 or Email:

Please quote "Senior Specialist, Water and Climate Change Science – 1 Permanent Position" on resume/letter. Resumes/letters submitted electronically must be submitted in Microsoft Word format.

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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