Conservation Planner


The Hamilton Conservation Authority currently has a Full-Time opportunity for a

Conservation Planner

The Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) is a watershed-based organization established under the provisions of the Conservation Authorities Act. Since 1958 the HCA has dedicated itself to the management and conservation of watershed lands and water resources for the benefit of people, communities and the environment. HCA undertakes programs on a watershed basis to manage water resources, protect people and property from natural hazards, monitor and conserve the natural environment, and provide recreational and educational opportunities.

HCA is currently seeking a full time Conservation Planner.   Reporting to the Manager, Watershed Planning, Stewardship & Ecological Services, the Conservation Planner supports the achievement of HCA’s strategic goals and objectives related to water resources and natural hazard management, natural heritage conservation, and sustainable land use planning and development. The Conservation Planner is responsible for supporting the administration of the Hamilton Conservation Authority’s (HCA) Regulation of Development, Interference with Wetlands, and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses (Ontario Regulation 161/06), and for assisting with the review of development proposals submitted under the Planning Act, Environmental Assessment Act, and Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act. The Conservation Planner works closely with other Watershed Management Services Division staff in carrying out their duties, and provides advice and expertise to support other HCA program areas and projects as required.


  • Working knowledge of land use planning and natural resources management legislation, regulations and policies including the Conservation Authorities Act, Planning Act, Provincial Policy Statement and Provincial Plans, Environmental Assessment Act, and Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act, along with practical experience applying this knowledge in the review of related development applications
  • Knowledge of Provincial Offences Act, and legal procedures related to the collection of evidence and regulatory enforcement is required, and completion of Conservation Authority Provincial Offences Officer Level 1 training or equivalent enforcement training is considered an asset
  • Understanding of principles and approaches related to land use planning, natural resources management, ecology, environmental impact assessment, hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, stormwater management and erosion and sediment control
  • Experience reviewing and interpreting technical plans and engineering drawings (i.e. site plans, grading and drainage plans, construction drawings, etc.)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with a broad range of stakeholders
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Positive team player capable of self-directed, independent work
  • Strong time management skills and ability to balance multiple files and priorities
  • Ability to work outdoors to conduct site investigations in variable terrain and weather conditions
  • Possess a valid Ontario driver’s license
  • Proficient with the use of Microsoft Office software suite including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and experience working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

The salary range for this position is, $68,154 to $85,193 and is eligible for the benefits outlined in the Conservation Authority’s Personnel Policy as it pertains to a full-time position.  This position is currently going through a compensation review.

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How to apply:

Interested applicants should email their resume and covering letter, by 4 pm on Friday, September 16, 2022, to: Email: (please quote Conservation Planner in subject line and send in MS Word or PDF format).

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The successful candidate must meet the Province of Ontario’s definition of COVID-19 “fully vaccinated” or provide proof of a Human Rights Code exemption prior to commencement of their employment in accordance with HCA’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Accessibility accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment process; applicants are asked to inform Human Resources for any disability required accommodations in advance.