Watershed Forester

Internal/External Job Posting
Regular Full Time Bargaining Unit Position
Watershed Forester

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.

General Accountabilities
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.

Specific Accountabilities:

  1. Coordinate forest management planning on GRCA lands by integrating silviculture and ecological restoration and management principles. Guide and implement forest management activities through the assessment of GRCA-owned forests, preparation of silvicultural prescriptions, and ensuring activities achieve forestry management objectives with a current emphasis on the management of conifer plantations.
  2. Assisting and completing the public procurement of goods and services, contract administration, and overseeing the work of consultants and contractors, as it relates to projects that facilitate the operational elements of the forest management plan.
  3. Maintain and update the 10-year GRCA Lands Forest Management Plan; create 5-year plans and annual operating plans and reports, develop, and maintain budgets, and work with others to implement the plans; maintain eligibility for relevant tax incentive programs such as the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program; develop forestry policies and procedures. Provide forestry oversight and input on corporate compliance with the Professional Foresters Act (2000).
  4. Coordinate GRCA’s response to managing forest pests, diseases and certain invasive species for the conservation and restoration of forest and other habitats. This does not include the GRCAs tree risk management program.
  5. Guide aspects of inventory and monitoring of natural heritage and forestry attributes of Grand River Watershed and GRCA properties.
  6. Work with the watershed community and stakeholders to promote and provide information on forest conservation, restoration, and management.
  7. Support appropriate private landowner forestry activities via input to the GRCA forestry extension program.
  8. Advise GRCA and other agency staff in forestry matters in support of their decision-making processes (e.g., parks planning, land use planning, woodland conservation, land acquisition, etc.).
  9. Position GRCA forestry programs to optimize contributions to watershed hydrology and natural heritage, and to community and social benefits, consistent with GRCA’s Vision and Strategic Plan, and relevant municipal, provincial, national, and international natural heritage/forestry initiatives.
  10. Support networks and programs through committee participation and liaison to help accomplish the objectives and accountabilities above.
  11. Maintain relevant databases and GIS layers.

Technical Requirements:

  1. Bachelor of Science in Forestry (or similar) degree; member of the Ontario Professional Foresters Association – Registered Professional Forester status (or ability to achieve within 1 year). Ontario Managed Forest Plan Approver designation.
  2. Technical understanding and a minimum of 3 – 5 years of practical experience in a combination of forest management, silviculture, ecological restoration, urban forestry and\or natural areas management.
  3. Ontario Tree Marking Course Certification and Ontario Pesticide Training and Certification is considered an asset.
  4. Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite of programs and experience with GIS software. Experience with forest or natural heritage inventory and other natural heritage data collection software or applications is considered an asset.
  5. Demonstrated working knowledge of pertinent legislation, including but not limited to, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Conservation Authorities Act, Professional Foresters Act, Forestry Act, Pesticides Act, Endangered Species Act and Migratory Birds Convention Act.
  6. Competent in the use of equipment for tree planting, silviculture, inventory and GPS work and knowledgeable in the types of equipment employed by contractors for forest management activities.
  7. Excellent communication skills, including written, verbal, presentation, stewardship extension, and conflict resolution.
  8. Valid driver’s license.

Competencies and Abilities:

Professional Judgement
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.

Goal/Action Oriented
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.

Team Work
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.

Customer Focus
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 careers@grandriver.ca 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.

Park Operations Supervisor

What is the CRD?

The Capital Regional District (CRD) is the regional government for 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the surrounding Gulf Islands, serving more than 432,000 people.

Our administrative boundaries span the Traditional Territories of many First Nations, all of whom have a long standing relationship with the land and waters from time immemorial that continues to this day.

We value the diversity of the people we hire and serve. In our commitment to bring differing perspectives to our workplace, and to deliver the best possible service to our customers, we encourage and welcome applications from all people with diverse backgrounds, abilities, and lived experiences.

Park Operations Supervisor
Parks & Environmental Services – Regional Parks

Competition Number: 22/323
Employment Type: Regular Full Time
Hours of Work: 80 hours bi-weekly
Rate of Pay: $44.43 to $50.34 per hour (2023 rates)
Review of applications begins: Open to filled
Job Summary
Under the general direction of the Manager, Park Operations, the Park Operations Supervisor is a senior level supervisory position which plans, schedules, directs, and oversees the efficient maintenance, repair and construction of trails and facilities in a complex network of parks and protected areas.

This position requires a clear criminal record check. The applicant/incumbent will be required to undergo a criminal record check in order to work in this position and to report to their supervisor if any criminal charges are laid against them that may be related to their employment in this position.

  • Degree in park management, outdoor recreation, geography, planning, natural resource management, environmental studies, biology or related field plus 5 years’ experience, 3 of which must be in a supervisor role or;
  • Diploma from a Community College in park management, resource management, outdoor recreation or related field plus 8 years’ experience, 3 of which must have been in a supervisor role and;
  • Must possess a valid BC Driver’s Licence.
To apply for this exciting opportunity, please visit www.crd.bc.ca and submit your application on our careers page.

We welcome all qualified applicants to apply and may consider a combination of experience, education and/or training where possible.

NOTE: For the health and safety of our employees, customers and the communities we serve, the CRD requires verification of your COVID-19 vaccination status as a condition of employment.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities
People working in this role can expect to be responsible for performing the following duties. This list is not meant to be comprehensive and other related duties similar in scope and complexity may be performed.
  • Provides leadership, supervision and direction and detailed project management and planning of Regional Park initiatives and projects.
  • Directly responsible for project management, project planning, and project direction including resource allocation, project timelines and priorities, and scheduling activities related to park operations.
  • Directs and supervises the staff and resources required to carry out the maintenance and development requirements for trails and facilities.
  • Prepares, drafts, reviews and makes recommendations on annual operating plans and annual infrastructure fund projects.
  • Liaises with and coordinates with Visitor Services & Community Development staff, Planning, Resource Management & Development staff, other Operations Supervisors, Team Lead, Park Technician as well as other CRD Service areas.
  • Provides leadership, direction and guidance to Operations field staff, and contributes to the Park Services’ team to meet the objectives identified in the Regional Parks Strategic Plan.
  • Develops standards, specifications and Best Management Practices for park operations.
  • Provides project reports, presentations, briefing notes and project summaries as required.
  • Manages and updates regional park assets utilizing the Regional Parks Asset Management Program.
  • Plans, organizes, prioritizes and assigns duties to ensure projects and maintenance activities are completed on time and to a high standard.
  • Ensures all work is performed according to WorkSafe BC regulations, CRD policies and CRD Parks’ policies and guidelines. Reports unsafe work activities or conditions to the manager and takes appropriate remedial action immediately.
  • Directs and supervises the implementation of preventative maintenance schedules and relevant budgets.
  • Oversees budget expenditures for Operations accounts and ensures expenditures are appropriate and within established limits.
  • Monitors and reports expenditures relative to assigned plans and budgets and orders/purchasing of materials and supplies.
  • Administers contract tenders in accordance with CRD policies and procedures.
  • Assists with the development and implementation of the Regional Parks Service Plan, Annual Budget, Annual Report, specific to assigned responsibilities; assists with the development of operational objectives and long range plans.
  • Maintains accurate records related to work activities and operations.
  • Hires, directs and supervises contract services and ensures quality standards are achieved.
  • Regulates park use permits, ensuring compliance, and advises park visitors on relevant bylaws, regulations and park matters.
  • Prepares annual work plans for Operations staff in consultation with the Manager, Park Services.
  • Recruits and orients staff.
  • Completes annual and other performance reviews for Operations staff.
  • Follows all policies, procedures and standards of the CRD.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
To be successful at the CRD, candidates should have a shared understanding of our Cultural Traits and Statement of Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Additionally, ideal candidates would possess the following role specific knowledge, skills and abilities:
  • Provides supervisory expertise to ensure activities are carried out in accordance with regulations, policies, procedures and standards.
  • Advanced project management skills.
  • Ability to work effectively and cohesively in a team environment with managers, other supervisors and staff, and ability to deal successfully with interpersonal issues.
  • Ability to interpret comprehensive technical reports and specifications.
  • Advanced knowledge of regulations and legislation including WorkSafe BC, Collective agreements; Federal, Provincial and Municipal environmental legislation; CRD policies, regulations, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of, GPS and map interpretation; Four wheel drive vehicles and small engine equipment; Application and limitations of heavy equipment.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use various computer word processing, spreadsheet and project scheduling programs, asset management programs and databases (e.g. MS Word, Excel, Access, MS Project, SAP, and GIS).
  • Must be physically fit and able to perform a variety of heavy manual outdoor works in all types of weather conditions.
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written), interpersonal and customer service skills are required.
  • Knowledge of regional parks and trails in the CRD and the Regional Parks Strategic Plan.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of park management and operation functions and park and natural area protection concepts and theory.
  • Extensive experience related to Parks’ operations including health and safety, fire management, bylaw and enforcement, fleet and equipment planning and management, signs, emergency response and building and grounds maintenance.
  • Ability to solve operational issues, set priorities and organize a diverse and heavy workload.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious working relationships with internal and external clients.
  • Ability to facilitate and conduct highly effective meetings and make effective presentations.