Employment Opportunity: Watershed Officer

Employment Opportunity: Watershed Officer

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 flooding and erosion hazards, monitor and conserve the natural environment, and provide recreational and educational opportunities.

HCA is currently seeking a full time Watershed Officer to support the administration of HCA’s Regulation of Development, Interference with Wetlands, and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses (Ontario Regulation 161/06), and to assist in the review of development proposals submitted under the Planning Act, Environmental Assessment Act, and Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act. If you are an experienced and dynamic individual looking to apply your knowledge and skills related to natural resources management this opportunity may be for you.


Full time, Permanent

Reports to:

Manager, Watershed Planning Services


As part of the Watershed Planning and Engineering Division, the Watershed Officer 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 Watershed Officer works closely with other Watershed Planning and Engineering Division staff in carrying out their duties, and provides advice and expertise to support other HCA program areas and projects as required.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide information to prospective development applicants regarding requirements under HCA’s Regulation of Development, Interference with Wetlands, and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses (Ontario Regulation 161/06)
  • Review applications submitted under HCA’s Regulation, including technical reports and construction drawings, for conformity with HCA and Provincial natural hazard policies, and coordinate input on applications from other HCA technical staff
  • Recommend the issuance or denial of permits for applications based on policy compliance
  • Attend to all matters related to the administration and enforcement of HCA’s Regulation, including conducting site visits, undertaking compliance monitoring and inspections, responding to legal inquiries, and initiating and supporting court proceedings and prosecutions when necessary
  • Prepare monthly summaries of permits issued under HCA’s Regulation for HCA Board of Directors meetings
  • Co-ordinate the review and response to applications circulated to HCA by municipalities under the Planning Act including, official plan amendments, zoning by-law amendments, site plans, consents, and variances.
  • Co-ordinate the review and response to proposed policy amendments and development permit applications circulated to HCA by the Niagara Escarpment Commission under Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act
  • Co-ordinate the review and response to projects circulated to HCA by municipalities, provincial ministries/agencies, utilities, etc., under the Environmental Assessment Act 
  • Respond to inquiries from the general public, municipal staff, consultants, etc. for information regarding HCA’s Regulation, application requirements, policies, etc.
  • Provide technical review and advice as necessary to support projects and initiatives undertaken by other HCA Divisions
  • Support the development and review of policies for HCA’s Regulation and planning programs, and prepare informational/educational resources to support the administration of these programs
  • Attend meetings in support of carrying out duties, and represent HCA on various external committees and initiatives when required
  • Other duties as required or assigned


  • A university degree or college diploma in natural resources management or law enforcement, planning, geography or related field, with a minimum of three (3) years related work experience
  • Working knowledge of land use planning and natural resource 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 enforcement would be considered an asset, and completion of Conservation Authority Provincial Offences Officer Level 1 training or equivalent enforcement training would be preferred
  • Positive team player capable of self-directed, independent work
  • 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 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
  • Ability to work outdoors to conduct site investigations in variable terrain and weather conditions
  • Possess a valid Ontario driver's license
  • Standard First Aid and CPR is an asset
  • Proficient with the use of Microsoft Office software suite including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and experience working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Working Conditions:

The Watershed Officer will be based at 838 Mineral Springs Road, Ancaster ON, the HCA’s main office location. However, considerable time will be spent conducting site visits and inspections on properties throughout the watershed. Working hours will total 37.5 per week, Monday through Friday inclusive with the additional requirement of evening meetings and occasional work on weekends.

Income Level:

The income for this position is salary classification S7, $63,912.99 - $79,891.81 Progression will be based on merit and is considered on an annual basis. Yearly cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) may also be considered.


This position is eligible for benefits as outlined in the Conservation Authority’s Personnel Policy as it pertains to a full-time position.  Most benefits become effective after the 3-month probation period (health, dental, disability insurances and life insurance); however, the defined contribution pension plan requires 1 years’ service.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should email their resume and covering letter, by 4 pm on Friday, March 22, 2019, to jobs@conservationhamilton.ca (please quote Watershed Officer 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.

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.