Summary of Duties
The Senior Planning Ecologist works in collaboration with senior staff to ensure NPCA policy and regulatory interests in aquatic and terrestrial natural heritage are communicated and implemented across a broad range of land use planning and development initiatives and infrastructure projects. The incumbent will participate in special projects related to research, science and technology advancements, to inform policy, development and restoration planning, engineering design and to support the Authority/Divisional strategic plans and programs
Duties and Responsibilities
- Reviews reports and construction plans submitted as part of planning, permit and Environmental Assessment applications and prepares technical comments to ensure compliance with the Authority’s programs, policies and regulation requirements.
- Provides review and scoping of Environmental Impact Studies, Environmental Assessments and other similar reports and conducts site visits to delineate feature boundaries and assess feature conditions.
- Successfully negotiates with planners, developers, municipal staff, consultants and other stakeholders to achieve ecological acceptable solutions in complex or controversial scenarios.
- Provides guidance and supervision to the ecological services team.
- 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 various Tribunals (LPAT, MLT, etc.), 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
- 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
- Southern Ontario Wetland Evaluation certification
- Southern Ontario Ecological Land Classification certification
- Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol certification
Location: NPCA Main Office – 250 Thorold Rd, Welland, ON with travel within the watershed
Salary Range: $75,906 – $94,882/yr (35 hours/week – Non-Union Grade 5 – 2020 rate)
Application Deadline: Monday, November 16th – 4:00pm
**Please apply through the website at www.npca.ca/administration/careers**
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