SUMMARY OF FUNCTION:
As part of the multidisciplinary Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program, the Research Scientist leads and communicates scientific research on stormwater management and watershed ecosystems to provide evidence based direction to policy and practice at the TRCA and its partner organizations.
- University degree (post graduate referred) in Water Resources Engineering, Geography, Environmental Science, or related discipline.
- Three to Five years of experience conducting research in areas related to stormwater management practice performance, design and policy, watershed ecosystems, and stream/lake water quality.
- In-depth theoretical and applied knowledge of urban hydrology, stream water quality, technology monitoring and evaluation concepts, stormwater policy and legislative frameworks; with knowledge of analytical tools and stormwater modeling an asset.
- Demonstrated ability to provide science-based advice to senior officials, planners, assessors, industry and scientists on a range of scientific issues related to stormwater infrastructure and key regional environmental issues.
- Ability to translate scientific knowledge to bridge the gap between academic/research, policy, and practice.
- Ability to plan, coordinate, and implement complex multi-year research projects.
- Ability to lead projects and supervise, communicate, and train staff.
- Experience in developing collaborative relationships and leading research teams.
- Excellent project management as well as oral and written communication.
SUMMARY OF MAJOR TASKS:
- Lead and manage the design and completion of scientific studies to answer key hydrologic, watershed ecosystem and stormwater management questions in support of TRCA’s mandate.
- Develop and implement decision support tools and best practice guidelines to strengthen evidence based decision making for TRCA and its partners.
- Support identification of knowledge gaps and barriers preventing wider uptake of new stromwater and watershed management approaches, and develop strategies to address identified gaps and barriers.
- Provide science-based advice to senior officials, planners, assessors, and scientists on a range of scientific issues related to stormwater management infrastructure and key regional environmental issues.
- Provide statistical and modeling support to various projects within the Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program.
- Apply for, secure, and administer research and knowledge generation and mobilization grants in support of TRCA’s mandate.
- Preparation of technical reports, board reports, media articles, and short web and print communications to mobilize knowledge for TRCA and its partners.
- Present scientific knowledge and study findings to informed audiences and provide training to professionals as needed on topic areas related to green infrastructure, stormwater management, and water conservation.
- Provide support to team, divisional, and corporate strategic planning initiatives as well as participate in various technical working groups as required.
- Develop and maintain collaborations with Universities, Provincial Ministries, Federal Ministries, Municipalities, and Conservation Authorities
- Other corporate responsibilities as assigned.