Employment Details

Planning Ecologist

Posting: 20211006-1
Date Posted: October 6, 2021
Closing Date: October 20, 2021

Planning Ecologist
3 Year Contract, Full Time

Conservation Halton was created to protect, restore and manage the natural resources in our watershed but we have grown to become so much more. Today, we protect our communities and conserve our natural environment through planning, education and recreation and to support our partners in the creation of sustainable communities within our watershed.

We believe that diverse backgrounds and unique perspectives make us stronger. Conservation Halton is committed to be an equal opportunity employer, creating an inclusive work environment and encouraging employees to be their most authentic self, no matter their ethnic background, religious beliefs, age demographic, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical ability, mental health or general appearance.

Four years ago, Conservation Halton started a process of transformation through our strategic plan, Metamorphosis. That strategic plan was an important first step for us to better understand the needs of our community and lay the groundwork for what needed to be done. Metamorphosis has now reached its end, but it is more important than ever for us to plan for the future. Our new strategic plan, Momentum, positions us to use the improvements and achievements we have made to carry us into the future for a more green, resilient, connected tomorrow. We are looking to build our team with the kind of inspired, ambitious, and strategic people that are not satisfied with the status quo, are excited by the opportunity in every challenge and are driven by meaningful, measurable results. If you are looking to join an environmentally-focused and socially-conscious community organization, then we are looking for you!

Your Opportunity

Reporting to the Senior Planning Ecologist, the Planning Ecologist is responsible for the review of projects, studies, and planning and permit applications as they relate to the ecological resources of Conservation Halton’s watershed.

Your responsibilities include ecological technical review of permit applications concerning the regulations enacted under Section 28 of the Conservation Authorities Act. You will provide technical advice to regulations staff and inspect for compliance under Ontario Regulation 162/06 and Conservation Halton’s Policies and Procedures.

You will work with a team of multidisciplinary professionals to conduct ecological review and analysis of land use planning applications, in accordance with the Memoranda of Understanding/Agreement between Conservation Halton and our watershed municipalities for:

  • Minor variances, severances, and site plans (with associated Official Plan Amendments and rezoning)
  • Niagara Escarpment Plan Development Permits, Environmental Assessments
  • Building Permits and Clearances

You will participate in regular internal meetings, prepare, and develop ecological guidelines and tools for planning review, as needed; and participate in corporate and inter-agency projects and studies where ecological input is required.

Your Qualifications

  • A minimum of three (3) years of related work experience and a university degree in ecology, wildlife biology, environmental sciences and/or natural resources management; or have equivalent professional experience
  • Certification in the Ontario Wetland Evaluation System (OWES), and experience with the Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol, Ecological Land Classification (ELC), are preferred
  • Experience in ecological principles relating to watershed management, land use planning, construction techniques and practices, environmental impact assessment and mitigation, stormwater management, fluvial geomorphology, monitoring methodology, and restoration/rehabilitation techniques
  • Working knowledge of the Conservation Authorities Act, Planning Act, Provincial Policy Statement and supporting documents, Environmental Assessment Act, Greenbelt Act and Plan, Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act and Plan, municipal (Regional and Local) Official Plans and other related environmental legislation
  • Ability to see the big picture implications of future land use changes, and apply ecological principles
  • Solid experience in the identification of flora and fauna
  • Working knowledge of MS Office suite, Geographic Information (GIS) Systems, air photo interpretation and orienteering skills, experience with technical drawings and blueprint interpretation (i.e., landscaping, engineering drawings)

Your Reward

  • Starting salary of $68,323 (based on skills and qualifications) annually based on a 35-hour work week
  • You will work in an inspiring setting with views of the Niagara Escarpment and no traffic lights for several miles
  • You will work with a creative, talented and solutions-focused team
  • You will work for an organization that provides flexible work arrangements and places tremendous value on professional development and wellness of its employees
  • Comprehensive benefits package
  • Participation in the OMERS defined benefit pension plan, with generous employer-matching
  • Free access to Conservation Ontario parks
  • Season passes and lift tickets for the Glen Eden ski and snowboard area
  • Discounts on Conservation Halton services, food and merchandise

Our Core Values

Diversity and Inclusion - We endeavor to understand, accept and appreciate the value of our differences and encourage authenticity.
Learning and Innovation - We embrace the need for continuous improvement, the opportunity to learn from
others and the benefits of sharing knowledge.
Person-Centered Service - We make people a priority through customer-centred engagement, predictive problem-solving and high-quality service.
Collaboration - We seek out and trust in the skills, expertise and experience of others in order to achieve our common ambition.
Sustainability - We consider the environmental impact of everything we do and always keep future generations in mind when making decisions.
Integrity - We make decisions with accountability, transparency and a strong sense of personal responsibility for our choices and actions.
Resilience - We are positive and proud of our ability to quickly and effectively respond to change.

To Apply

Please email your application to careers@hrca.on.ca by October 21, 2021

Your application should include:

Your resume and cover letter in one pdf document
Reference your name and the position title in the subject line

We thank all applicants for their interest however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Conservation Halton will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. Personal information provided is collected under the authority of The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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