Summary of Duties
The Manager, Planning Ecology leads the development and delivery of NPCA policy and regulatory interests in the aquatic and terrestrial natural heritage program. This role ensures ecological interests are communicated and implemented across a broad range of land use planning and development initiatives and infrastructure projects. The incumbent will participate in and lead special projects related to research, science and technology advancements, to inform policy, development and restoration planning, engineering design and to support the Authority and Departmental strategic plans and programs.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Provides divisional leadership on standards for technical comments for planning, permit and Environmental Assessment applications including recommended review and/or request of applicable reports and studies
- Undertakes major and complex files for technical review ensuring compliance and defensibility with the Authority’s programs, policies, and regulation requirements.
- Provides review and scoping of large-scale Environmental Impact Studies, Environmental Assessments and other similar reports and conducts site visits to delineate feature boundaries and assess feature conditions.
- Provides creative solutions to successfully negotiate with planners, developers, municipal staff, consultants and other stakeholders towards achieving ecologically sound solutions in complex or controversial scenarios.
- Leads and manages terrestrial, aquatic and landscape component mapping, evaluation, monitoring and management projects.
- Participates in internal resource-oriented projects to improve upon the base of ecological information and available data
- Identifies and implements continuous improvement projects for development review, integrated data collection and monitoring of natural resources
- Provides leadership to the ecological services team and coordinates ecological service delivery across various divisions
- Leads the review and prepares comments on Federal and Provincial policy initiatives related to NPCA’s ecological review function (e.g., Environmental Registry of Ontario postings).
- Collaborates with senior management in the development of policies, procedures, and guidelines for natural heritage review in Planning Act reviews and Conservation Authority Act Permit reviews.
- Represents the Authority on external committees, board or working groups, as required and provides expert testimony at the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT), municipal Council meetings and Court as required.
- Degree from a recognized university in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science or related discipline
- Ten (10) years’ relevant experience
- Five (5) years’ experience in a supervisory role
- Applied knowledge of project construction, implementation and sequencing, engineering techniques, planning processes and technical drawing interpretation
- Expert knowledge of flora, fauna and species at risk and their habitat
- Knowledge and experience reviewing, interpreting and implementing legislation including the Conservation Authorities Act, Planning Act, Environmental Assessment Act, Endangered Species Act, Drainage Act, and Fisheries Act
- Demonstrated ability to successfully manage environmental research, mapping and/or monitoring projects
- Southern Ontario Wetland Evaluation, Southern Ontario Ecological Land Classification, Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol certification, or eligibility and willingness to obtain certification.
Location: NPCA Main Office – 250 Thorold Rd, Welland with travel within the watershed
Salary Range: $77,234 – $96,542/yr (35 hours/week – Non-Union Grade 5 – 2021 rate)
Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 – 4:00pm
Please apply through the website at www.npca.ca/administration/careers
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