The Hamilton Conservation Authority has a one-year employment opportunity for a


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.

Reporting to the Manager, Watershed Planning, Stewardship & Ecological Services, and under the supervision of the Senior Planner, the Planner supports the HCA’s planning and regulations programs.


  • Respond to solicitor and property inquiries, and to inquiries from the general public regarding HCA’s planning and regulations programs
  • Undertake the review and response to development permit applications circulated by the Niagara Escarpment Commission
  • Undertake the review and response to development applications under the Planning Act, such as site plans, consents and minor variances
  • Undertake the review and response to projects circulated under the Environmental Assessment Act
  • Support the administration of development regulations under the Conservation Authorities Act (O. Reg. 41/24, Prohibited Activities, Exemptions and Permits), including the processing of permits
  • Assist with background research, review, development and updating of policy to support HCA’s environmental and regulatory policy framework
  • Assist with file administration and planning database management
  • Attend meetings and conduct site inspections in support of carrying out duties
  • Other planning-related duties as may be assigned


  • A university degree or college diploma in natural resources management, planning, geography or related field, preferably with 1 to 2 years of related work experience
  • 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
  • Membership or working toward membership in Ontario Professional Planners Institute
  • Understanding of principles and approaches related to land use planning, environmental impact assessment, natural resources management, ecology, hydrology, stormwater management and erosion and sediment control
  • Possess a valid Ontario driver’s license (G license minimum)
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software suite including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Positive team player capable of self-directed, independent work
  • Experience working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Working Conditions

The Planner will work in-person at the Hamilton Conservation Authority’s main office (Woodend) at 838 Mineral Springs Road, Ancaster, Ontario. Work hours are 7.5 hours per day for a total 37.5 hours per week, with occasional weekend and evening work as required.

Salary and Benefits

This is a one-year contract position with an anticipated starting date of August 26, 2024. This contract position offers an annual salary range of $63,327 to $73,414 ($32.48 to $36.55 per hour) commensurate with experience and education. To ensure that compensation aligns with economic realities, yearly cost-of-living adjustments may be considered. Vacation Pay will be paid out on each pay as per the Employment Standards Act.

In addition to the salary package, this position provides benefits designed to support your well-being. Benefits include health, dental coverage, and a health spending account after three months of employment along with five sick days and three personal needs days.

Application Process

Interested applicants, please submit your cover letter and resume in PDF or MS Word format via email, quoting the job title in the email subject line, by 4:00 pm, on Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Although we appreciate the interest of all applicants, 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.