The Land Management Division is comprised of the Central Services, Conservation Area Operations and Conservation Lands departments and oversees the strategic mandates of the Grand River Conservation Authority as they relate to land use and recreational enjoyment of properties owned and operated by the Authority.
Reporting to the Supervisor of Natural Heritage within the Conservation Lands team, the Watershed Forester is responsible for creating and maintaining forest management plans for GRCA-owned forest (approximately 11,000 hectares), guiding implementation of those plans and reporting on forest management activities and issues. This position provides input to help ensure the technical integrity of GRCA’s forestry initiatives and ensures compliance with the Professional Foresters Act (2000). The Watershed Forester works with other GRCA program areas, the watershed community, and stakeholders in the implementation of adopted projects and programs. The Watershed Forester will contribute forestry expertise to GRCA Natural Heritage activities and GRCA planning processes, forest-related extension work, and as requested review woodland and vegetation management proposals that may impact regulated natural heritage features.
Competencies and Abilities:
Demonstrated ability in the area of critical thinking, analysis and assessment of implications, making connections of underlying issues and the ownership of the outcome. Sound judgement resulting in fair, efficient and effective decision-making, bringing clarity and resolution to complex and ambiguous situations. Ability to carry out skillful negotiations and interest-based conflict resolution.
The willingness to hold oneself and others accountable for acting in ways that are consistent with stated values, principles, and professional standards. Maintaining impartiality, objectivity, confidentiality, and fairness when dealing with employees, stakeholders and special interest groups.
Maintains a high level of productivity and self-direction. Demonstrated experience in project management with the ability to work under pressure and handle multiple tasks simultaneously with changing priorities. Does not shy away from challenges and seldom gives up, especially in the face of resistance, setbacks, or change. Seizes opportunities; takes initiative and is self-motivated. Organizes work, plans activities, and sets priorities in a manner that meets competing needs and timely resolution of matters.
Interacts with people effectively. Able and willing to share and receive information. The ability to gather facts and pertinent information to gain an understanding before drawing conclusions, taking action or resolving conflict. It involves active listening and comprehension of verbal and nonverbal signals to enhance understanding. Demonstrated ability to build partnerships with staff and stakeholders. Exceptional internal communication skills are needed for staff relations, working interdepartmentally with respect to communications, and providing support to other programs within the GRCA.
Dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers.
Exceptional communication skills to create, maintain and enhance relations with municipal partners, stakeholders, and the public.
Deadline for Applications: 4:00 pm April 3, 2023
Approximate Start Date: April 2023
The hourly pay rate for this position is Job Level 7 $34.93 to $43.66 per hour (pay rate under review)
Hours of work: 35 hours per week
To Apply: If you would like to be considered for this career opportunity, please send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com in MS Word or PDF format and quote “Watershed Forester” in the subject line.
The GRCA strives to provide a collaborative and respectful work environment. We value the health and well-being of our employees and prioritizes Health and Safety in our workplace. We offer a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, vision care, life and disability insurance; Participation in the OMERS defined benefit pension plan, with generous employer-matching and a pass for free entry into GRCA conservation areas. We currently provide an option to work a flexible schedule and/or hybrid to balance the demands of both work and home.
We thank you for your interest, however only candidates under consideration will be contacted.
GRCA is an equal-opportunity employer. We are committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes and work environments. If you require any accessibility accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact us. Any information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially.
Pursuant to section 29(2) of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Individual Privacy Act R.S.O. 1990, C. M.56 the personal information contained on this form is collected under the legal authority of the Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, chapter C.27 and is used for recruitment purposes. Questions about the collection of personal information should be directed to the Manager of Human Resources, Grand River Conservation Authority, PO Box 729, 400 Clyde Road, Cambridge, Ontario N1R 5W6. 519-621-2761.