Under the general guidance and direction of the Senior Manager, Watershed Planning and Reporting, and the Watershed Specialist, the Project Manager, Watershed Planning and Reporting is responsible for the preparation of updates to watershed and subwatershed plans. These plans guide the Authority’s watershed management programs and inform the planning and development decisions of TRCA’s municipal partners. As part of TRCA’s next generation of watershed planning program, the position plays a key role in coordinating and managing data analysis and content development by TRCA staff, and in compiling the information into a coherent narrative about current and future predicted watershed conditions. The position also involves stakeholder engagement in the overall visioning for the watershed, communicating watershed conditions, and findings of the plan. Overall, the position plays a critical role in establishing the direction and implementation framework for TRCA watershed management programs, and for guiding the work of our municipal partners and other stakeholders to advance watershed protection, restoration, and advocacy. Other responsibilities include account management, work planning, procurement, contract management and staff supervision.
Knowledge and Experience:
- Four (4) years university degree in natural resource management, environmental science, or environmental sustainability, or a related field or approved equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Master’s degree in natural resource management, environmental science, or environmental sustainability, or a related field a strong asset.
- Five (5) years of experience in a leadership role managing projects, programs, and teams related to major tasks.
- Five (5) to seven (7) years of experience in watershed planning, environmental monitoring, reporting and data management.
- Thorough knowledge and understanding of legislation, policy and recent developments relevant to environmental management and sustainability issues, in Ontario and the Toronto Region.
- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing to explain technical information in plain language for a variety of audiences, liaise with specialists and compose scientific and technical reports.
- Proven project management and organizational skills to design, plan and lead multi-disciplinary reporting, including preparing and managing project budgets, communicate effectively with funders, and maintain commitments to outcomes.
- Demonstrated ability to develop partnerships with organizations in the public, private and civil society sectors to fund, undertake and communicate policy and analysis priorities on environmental and sustainability issues.
- Excellent stakeholder relationship management skills, problem solving skills, and collaborative and facilitation skills.
- Demonstrated negotiation and interpersonal skills to reconcile differing points of view and garner support from various stakeholders.
- Thorough knowledge and understanding of the Conservation Authorities Act and TRCA Regulation; Places to Grow Act and Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe; Greenbelt Act and Plan; Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act and Plan; and Ontario Planning Act and Provincial Policy Statement.
- Broad understanding of the current trends, challenges and opportunities in the fields of Green Infrastructure, and urban forestry, and urban sustainability in Ontario.
- Excellent track record of successful implementation of projects, programs, and events.
- Excellent time management, analytical, and problem solving skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with the partners, stakeholders and the public in a positive, courteous and respectful manner.
- Computer literate and familiar with business and office software.
- Valid Ontario “G” driver’s licence.
- Supports the development of the next generation of TRCA watershed plans.
- Identifies the stressors and management approaches whose effects will be assessed in watershed analyses, in collaboration with partner municipalities and other stakeholders.
- Determines preferred watershed management directions to address stressors and impacts in coordination with steering groups, resolving conflicts, and building consensus, as required.
- Supports the Senior Manager with watershed plan document preparation, quality management, publication, and communication, including reports to the TRCA board, municipal councils, and other similar bodies.
- Supports the Senior Manager in the development of watershed implementation plans for TRCA and its partners that outline for each stakeholder how the management directions in watershed plans should be operationalized.
- Supports the Senior Manager in the development of GIS-based tools and graphics for communicating watershed plan findings internally and to key implementing partners.
- Hires and oversees consultants to complete aspects of the work, as required.
- Develops funding applications in support of the watershed plan programs, and manages all aspects of successful proposals (e.g., staff, budgets, timelines, deliverables).
- Collaborates with team members to integrate watershed reporting into the watershed planning process to provide ongoing and timely watershed reporting to partners.
- Monitors and administers capital budget expenditures and provides expenditure updates to the Senior Manager.
- Responds to inquiries from municipal partners, senior governments, other stakeholders, or community members related to watershed planning data and findings.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
TRCA is committed to providing accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If you require accessibility related accommodations, please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.