Under the guidance of the Planner and reporting directly to the Senior Planner, Infrastructure Planning and Permits, the Planner I position is responsible for reviewing and coordinating through an interdisciplinary approach, comments on applications under the Planning Act and Environmental Assessment Act and applications pursuant to the Conservation Authorities Act, Ontario Regulation 166/06 (O. Reg. 166/06) Development Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses regulation. The Planner I will ensure TRCA interests related to The Living City Policies are reviewed and communicated across a simple range of infrastructure projects. The incumbent will provide effective project management and service delivery for minor, routine and sometimes politically sensitive planning and permit files that includes permits related to pre-staging works for major infrastructure projects; ensures effective recommendations are made throughout the infrastructure planning and permitting process; provides direct assistance to the Senior Planner and Planner on major and complex files; and together with ecology and restoration services staff lead the negotiations of minor restoration for projects as needed.
- Manage the review of routine and minor permit applications, minor emergency infrastructure works permits, minor environmental assessment applications and screen letters and general enquiries made under the Environmental Assessment Act, Planning Act, Conservation Authorities Act, and the Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourse Regulation.
- Provide professional planning advice and recommend appropriate action to the applicant, with the technical assistance of senior staff as required.
- Conduct site visits to identify and assess site characteristics and constraints on development; coordinate delineation of natural features and field staking to delineate top of bank as necessary.
- Communicate with the technical team and applicants to confirm submission requirements, and coordinate site visits and meetings, to ensure effective project coordination and service delivery.
- Lead negotiation of restoration requirements with the proponent and internal service groups; consult and involve senior staff as necessary.
- Inform TRCA enforcement and compliance officers of potential on site issues; work with enforcement and proponent to seek resolution to resolve permit non-compliance issues.
- Provide professional management of corporate files, with an emphasis on maintaining complete digital records in accordance with departmental standards.
- Prepare reports for the Executive Committee on a regular basis; attend Executive Committee or Board of Directors meetings as necessary.
- Prepare correspondence, agendas and minutes, guidelines, memos, reports and presentations under the guidance of the Planner or Senior Planner and in accordance with departmental standards.
- Update and maintain time management, project tracking, service delivery and fee tracking databases in accordance with departmental standards.
- Administer and oversee the Environmental Assessment Planning Volunteer Program, including interviewing and selecting volunteers, training, scheduling, workload management, performance oversight and coordination within the EA planning team.
- Perform other duties as required.
- Undergraduate degree in planning, or a related discipline, with a core focus on land use, regional, watershed, environmental planning or site design; a background in planning, ecology or engineering preferred.
- Eligibility and working toward membership in Ontario Professional Planners Institute.
- Minimum two (2) years' experience related to Major Responsibilities with a public or private sector planning department; experience in a Conservation Authority or a municipality preferred.
- Construction and field experience preferred.
- Valid Ontario “G” Class Driver’s license.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Personal and professional enthusiasm and commitment to conservation of the natural environment.
- General knowledge of statutes and regulatory controls affecting land use planning and development, including the Conservation Authorities Act and regulations, TRCA’s The Living City Policies, Environmental Assessment Act, Planning Act, Provincial Policy Statement 2014, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, Greenbelt Plan, Places to Grow, Clean Water Act, etc.
- General understanding of the role of TRCA in the broader municipal and provincial planning context.
- Demonstrated problem solving abilities using a solutions oriented approach; strong interpersonal and organizational skills; ability to work independently and with an interdisciplinary team in a fast paced, demanding, and high volume work environment with tight deadlines; able to work non-scheduled hours.
- Excellent analytical, as well as written and verbal communication skills; able to interact and communicate effectively and courteously with all levels of staff, external clients and the general public.
- Ability to read and interpret construction plans, drawings and technical reports.
- Computer literate using Microsoft Office 365 (Excel, Power Point, Word, Outlook), Adobe Acrobat, the Internet, as well as the ability to learn new applicable software is required.
To apply to this posting, click on the “Apply” icon. Please submit your resume and cover letter quoting job posting # TRCA-015-20 prior to midnight on February 3, 2020.
While TRCA thanks all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for interviews. Please be advised successful incumbent(s) who are not presently permanent TRCA employees may be required to undergo a vulnerable sector and/or drivers abstract check.
TRCA is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace. Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and TRCA’s Accommodation Policy, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to the Authority. We welcome applications from all qualified persons.