Manager, Planning & Development Planning & Regulations-Watershed Mgmt 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 & Development works in conjunction with the Senior Manager, Planning & Regulations to ensure that NPCA policy and regulatory interests are maintained through the smooth operation of the Planning Review and Permit function. The incumbent will comment on complex applications under the Planning Act, Niagara Escarpment Planning Development Act and Environmental Assessment Act as well as leading and guiding the Watershed Planning team in their review and application of policies to NPCA Planning applications.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Review complex applications circulated to the NPCA under the Planning Act, the Niagara Escarpment Planning Development Act and the Environmental Assessment Act, and provide professional comments outlining the Authority’s requirements in relation to Ontario Regulation 155/06 or its successor, NPCA Policies and any other Policies delegated to the NPCA.
  • Review complex applications for permission under the NPCA’s Regulation (Ontario Regulation 155/06 or its successor), grant permission where appropriate or recommend matters be referred to the NPCA Board for a Hearing.
  • Provide expert testimony at various Tribunals (LPAT, MLT, etc.), municipal Council meetings and Court.
  • Provide ongoing coaching to staff, develop staff work plans and evaluate job performance at regular intervals.  This involves reviewing work prepared by the Senior Watershed Planners and Watershed Planners and/or other staff as assigned.
  • Assists with identifying and implementing opportunities for continuous improvement of the NPCA’s development review function.
  • Provides courteous and professional customer service to clients over a variety of media formats in response to inquiries about the NPCA’s Regulation and Policies.


  • Degree from a recognized university in Environmental Sciences, Planning, Geography or a related field
  • Seven (7) years’ Planning experience in a Conservation Authority or municipal environment
  • Two (2) years’ Supervisory experience
  • Knowledge of Conservation Authorities Act, Planning Act and other relevant legislation
  • Eligible for membership in the Canadian Institute for Planners and/or Ontario Professional Planners Institute
  • Excellent customer service, relationship and conflict management skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills

Location: NPCA Main Office – 250 Thorold Rd, Welland with travel within the watershed

Salary Range:   $75,906 - $94,882 per annum (35 hours/week – Non-union Grade 5 - 2020 rate)

Application Deadline:  Friday, September 18 – 12:00pm

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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