Watershed Planner

Full Time Permanent – OPSEU Union Position

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) was established in 1959 under the Conservation Authorities Act, and serves approximately half a million people in the Niagara Peninsula Watershed, encompassing the entire Niagara Region and portions of the City of Hamilton and Haldimand County. The NPCA strives to manage the impact of human activities, urban growth and rural activities on the watershed, which includes some of the most sensitive and unique natural areas in Niagara. These lands are held in public trust, allowing the people of Niagara to enjoy its distinctive natural heritage at 41 Conservation Areas, each offering diverse recreational and educational opportunities and a place to experience nature’s beauty.

Summary of Duties

Responsible for administering and processing applications under the Conservation Authorities Act and Planning Act, through the Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alternations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulations (Ontario Regulation 155/06); projects under the Environmental Assessment Act and applications under other legislation. The Watershed Planner coordinates technical feedback, reviews relevant information and provides comments outlining the Conservation Authority’s positions and or requirements in relation to planning and regulatory policies.

Duties and Responsibilities

(a) Processes NPCA permit applications ensuring complete information is received and determines further follow-up/information needed.

(b) Reviews permit applications as related to NPCA Policy and O. Reg 155/06, arranges for further technical feedback and communicates with clients on application questions and results.

(c) Reviews Planning Act applications and provides comments in relation to NPCA Policy, O Reg 155/06 and relevant Provincial Policy to municipalities on various application types (ex. Official Plans, Plans of

Subdivision, Plan Amendments, By-law amendments, Minor Variances etc)

(d) Attends multi-disciplinary and/or multi-agency steering committees as well as Council meeting, and Pre-Consultation as an NPCA representative as required.

(e) Provides expert testimony at LPAT hearings, Environmental Appeal Board etc as directed.


• Degree from a recognized University in Planning, Geography or a related field.

• Member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) would be a great asset.

• Three years’ experience in a planning environment with an understanding of municipal and provincial planning processes an asset.

• Working knowledge of relevant legislation and development policies such as the Conservation Authorities Act, Planning Act, Provincial Policy Statement, Provincial Plans and Official Plans

• Strong attention to detail and analytical skills.

• Proficient use of Microsoft Office and GIS software. Experience in the use of CityView would be an asset.

• Excellent customer service skills.

• Valid Class G driver’s license.

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

Salary Range: $35.27 - $44.09/hr (35 hours/week – 2018 rate)

Application Deadline: Monday, February 18, 4 pm

We are an equal opportunity employer which values diversity in the workplace.

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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