Manager, Planning Ecology Watershed Management

Manager, Planning Ecology

Watershed Management

Full Time Permanent – Non-Union Position

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) is a community-based natural resource management agency that works to protect, enhance, and sustain healthy watersheds. With 60 years of experience, the NPCA offers watershed programs and services that focus on flood and hazard management, source water protection, species protection, ecosystem restoration, community stewardship, and land management.

The NPCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in the Province of Ontario. With 41 Conservation Areas within the Niagara Peninsula watershed, the NPCA manages lands that are held in public trust for recreation, heritage preservation, conservation, and education. These natural and shared greenspaces marry nature, culture and adventure to create limitless opportunities for discovery.

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

The NPCA is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in the workplace. We do not condone or tolerate discrimination on the basis of citizenship, race, place of origin, ethnic origin, colour, ancestry, disability, age, creed, sex, gender identity, gender expression, family status, marital status, sexual orientation, or record of offence. 

Our hiring policies help ensure a consistent, diverse and objective hiring process that is non-discriminatory in nature, and compliant with the Employment Standards Act, Human Rights Code, Occupational Health & Safety, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act as well as any other related legislation ensuring equal employment opportunities.

We can provide accommodation for a disability in all employment activities, in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require an accommodation, please contact  

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