Director, Watershed Management Full Time Permanent

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

The Director of Watershed Management is a member of the Corporate Leadership Team and oversees the department of watershed management. This position reports directly to the CAO/Secretary Treasurer.  This key senior portfolio includes management of water programs (including water quality monitoring, restoration, and infrastructure) and planning programs (including development reviews, permit reviews and approvals, and source water protection). This position drives the strategic vision of the watershed department through managing and implementing programs and services that fulfill the mandate of the organization. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provide guidance and leadership to the Watershed department including change management and performance management to ensure effectiveness and relevance within the department in support of the Conservation Authority mandate.
  2. Ensuring effective development of departmental objectives, work plans and budgets to effectively implement and monitor designated programs.
  3. Anticipate, identify and manage emerging issues within the watershed.
  4. Develop and maintain positive stakeholder relations both internally and externally, gaining support and creating partnerships in support of NPCA strategies.
  5. Oversee the management of water quality monitoring programs, restoration programs, development reviews, permit reviews and approvals, source water protection and Niagara River remedial action plan (RAP) programs.
  6. Provide input and advice on municipal plans and policies on behalf of the NPCA
  7. Prepare and present portfolio of reports to the NPCA board of directors as requested.
  8. Champion corporate initiatives and adherence to and completion of the strategic plan.


  • Degree in Business, Public Administration, Environmental Engineering or relevant Sciences
  • 10 years progressive management experience, which includes senior management experience (5+ yrs preferred)
  • Experience in project and budget management
  • Knowledge of local government operations as well as related legislation (including Conservation Authorities Act) preferred
  • P Eng and/or Registered Planning Professional preferred
  • Experience working for a Conservation Authority is strongly preferred
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality

Salary Range:  $104,219 - $130,274 per annum

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

Application Deadline:  May 24, 2018 – 4pm

Please apply on-line at

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

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