Health and Safety Specialist

About TRCA:

With more than 60 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario, created to safeguard and enhance the health and well-being of watershed communities through the protection and restoration of the natural environment and the ecological services the environment provides.

TRCA works to protect the integrity and health of the rivers and creeks in the jurisdiction, develop a system of green and natural spaces that sustains local ecosystems, and advance sustainable practices that improve people’s lives within our growing region.
How you will contribute as part of the TRCA team:

As a critical health and safety advocate, you will provide expert advice, guidance, and support across varying lines of TRCA business for multiple sites and facilities regarding the occupational health and safety programs and initiatives, with specific concentration in the area of construction. You will ensure TRCA is in compliance with all relevant legislation and regulations, and will develop and implement core health and safety policies, procedures, and guidelines while coordinating and facilitating in related education and training of employees.
Major Responsibilities:

  • Ensure compliance with occupational health and safety laws, regulations, and standards as well as provincial legislation related to safety.
  • Recommend, implement, and evaluate workplace injury prevention plans and employee health and safety and wellness programs based on workplace injury history, trends and root cause analysis.
  • Perform regular health and safety audits and evaluations, gap analysis, inspections, and assessments.
  • Lead WSIB claims management, with a focus on early and safe return, including the management of accommodation, modified work and return to work intervention.
  • Collaborate with Learning & Development and operations in the identification, development, and delivery of health and safety training.
  • Lead initiatives around health and safety accreditations and programs e.g. COR certification.
  • Participate in and provide leadership and guidance to Joint Health & Safety Committees across the varying TRCA locations.

What you will need to succeed:

  • A degree or diploma in Human Resources, Health & Safety Management or a related discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, complemented with a CRSP designation or designation in progress.
  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible health and safety program management experience; or a combination of WSIB claims management and health and safety experience.
  • Demonstrated health and safety experience working within the construction field is preferred, including working around water and large excavation work.
  • Excellent working knowledge of occupational health and safety legislation and best practice procedures are required, including the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Ontario Human Rights Code, Workplace Safety and Insurance Act and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
  • A thorough working knowledge of WSIB claims management and safety inspection processes.
  • Experience developing and facilitating health and safety training.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • A valid driver’s license in good standing is required to travel to TRCA sites and facilities (within GTA) on a regular basis.

What TRCA has to offer you:

As part of a progressive team, you will have the opportunity make a positive impact to preserving and protecting nature, while maintaining a balance between the natural environment and built environment. Working with experts within our field, you will join a team of colleagues that are committed to TRCA’s core values of integrity, collaboration, accountability, respect, and excellence (icare).

You will be part of a diverse and inclusive organization that:

  • Makes a positive difference in the communities we serve
  • Fosters high performance and collaborative teams
  • Provides continuous learning and development opportunities
  • Offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits program (including Defined Benefit Pension Plan – OMERS/OTPP)
  • Provides unique TRCA Perks
  • Provides flexible work arrangements
  • Offers potential for career growth and advancement

Position Details:

Employment type: Temporary

Duration of employment: 12 months

Hours of work: 35 hours/week

Work location: Head Office, 101 Exchange Avenue, Vaughan, Ontario

Division: Human Resources

Business unit: Health & Safety

 

To apply to this posting, click on the “Apply” icon. Please submit your resume and cover letter quoting the job posting ID prior to midnight on December 16, 2021.
While Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) thanks all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for interviews.  Please be advised successful incumbent(s) may be required to undergo a vulnerable sector screening and/or driver’s abstract check as a part of the final step in the hiring process.

TRCA is an equal opportunity employer.  We embrace diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace.  Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and TRCA Policies, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to TRCA.  We welcome applications from all qualified persons.

Personal information you provide through the TRCA recruitment, selection and onboarding process in collected under the authority of the Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.27.  Collection of this personal information is necessary for the proper administration of this recruitment process for employment and volunteer positions with TRCA. Personal information is protected from disclosure pursuant to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  Any questions regarding this collection activity should be directed to the Supervisor of Records, 101 Exchange Avenue, Vaughan. Ontario, L4K 5R6, (416) 661-6600 extension 5216.

Visitor Safety Technician

Duties
The incumbent will work as a member of the Resource Conservation team and report to the Resource Conservation Manager. They will be called upon to participate in, and/or lead technical visitor safety incident responses and non-technical cross-functional incident response activities. They will be asked to provide technical visitor safety advice and training to other park staff. They may be asked to participate in the development of program standards and/or techniques and to participate in technical responses to significant occurrences in other field units. They may be required to support other resource conversation functions such as the human wildlife conflict program. Duty/stand by shifts will be required.

Work environment
Parks Canada is a federal government agency responsible for the protection and presentation of Canada’s outstanding natural and cultural resources through a system of national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites in all regions of Canada.

Intent of the process
A list of qualified candidates will be established, and may be used to fill similar positions of various tenures (temporary, indeterminate, full-time, part-time) and work locations.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide
Your résumé.

A covering letter in 2,000 words (maximum) “Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet the Education and Experience criteria listed in the Statement of Qualifications (see below). Applicants must list both of these factors in their cover letter, and then write one or two paragraphs for each demonstrating how they meet these factors by providing concrete examples. Please note that it is not sufficient to only state that these factors are met or to provide a listing of current or past responsibilities. Resumes will be used as a secondary source to validate the experience described in the cover letter. Failure to clearly demonstrate in your cover letter how you meet the Education and Experience factors found on the Statement of Qualifications (see below), may result in the rejection of your application. Normally, applicants will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information.”

Contact information for 2 references.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

Education:
Secondary School diploma and Apprentice Alpine and Apprentice Ski certification courses from the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG).

If there are an insufficient candidates with Apprentice Alpine and Apprentice Ski certification, consideration may be given to individuals who possess Apprentice Ski guide certification and Apprentice Rock certification and who are enrolled the Apprentice Alpine certification or individuals who possess Apprentice Alpine certification and who are enrolled in the Apprentice Ski guide certification.

After submitting your application through the GC Jobs platform, proof of education must be submitted to jasperhr@canada.ca.

Degree equivalency

Occupational Certification:
• Valid advanced first aid certification (minimum 80 hour course);
• Canadian Avalanche Association Level 2 and eligible for CAA Professional membership.

Experience:
• Mountain search and rescue operations;
• Avalanche forecasting and control;
• Analyzing, assessing and providing advice on issues relating to visitor safety;
• Maintaining specialized safety related equipment;
• Providing first aid assistance.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)
English essential

Information on language requirements

Knowledge:
• Knowledge of Parks Canada’s vision, mandate and corporate objectives, especially as they relate to visitor safety;
• Thorough knowledge of principles, standards, techniques and procedures involved in search and rescue operations;
• Knowledge of helicopter rescue techniques and high angle techniques;
• Knowledge of mountaineering and ski touring, and avalanche control procedures and forecasting techniques.

Abilities:
• Ability to follow established practices and procedures as well as to adapt them to changing circumstances and conditions;
• Ability to make climatologic observations and maintain information on a computer database;
• Ability to research and provide input into the development or revision of visitor safety program standards, requirements and/or techniques;
• Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment;
• Ability to conduct search and rescue operations;
• Ability to collect, analyze, prepare and present detailed incident information to assist in understanding causal factors.

Personal Suitability:
• Exercises sound judgment;
• Personally connects with people;
• Makes things happen;
• Communicates effectively;
• Takes responsibility;
• Knows oneself;
• Strives for excellence.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Operational Requirements:
• Willingness to wear a Parks Canada uniform and prescribed protective equipment;
• Willingness to work and/or travel in varied terrain, weather conditions, isolated locations and by various means of transportation;
• Willingness to work irregular hours, overtime, weekends and/or statutory holidays and provincial/territorial holidays, when required;
• Willingness to obtain certification in the operation of various forms of ground (e.g. all-terrain vehicles) and marine (motorized and non-motorized vessels) as required.

Conditions of employment
Reliability Status security clearance – Reliability Status security clearance – All employees of the Federal Government are required to meet Reliability Status; details of the screening process and applications will be provided at the time of interviews

Maintenance of a valid Driver’s License
Will be required to undergo and pass pre-placement and periodic medical checks
Valid Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification
Possession and maintenance of Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) membership

Other information
The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

For tips to navigate the application process step by step, refer to the following site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GW7P3g9hhI.

Parks Canada is committed to the principles of diversity and employment equity under the Employment Equity Act, and strives to ensure that our workforce reflects the diverse nature of Canadian society. We encourage women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of a visible minority group to self-identify in their application.

Please submit your completed application, including all of the above-mentioned documentation. Failure to do so may result in your application being rejected.

The Parks Canada Agency is established as a separate employer in the Federal Public Service under the Financial Administration Act. Persons appointed to the Agency continue to be part of the Public Service. The Parks Canada Agency operates under its own human resources framework outside of the Public Service Employment Act and in line with values of fairness, competence and respect, and its operating principles.

In accordance with paragraph 8(2)(a) of the Privacy Act, information or material, whether provided directly by the candidate or otherwise obtained by the selection board, used during the selection process for the purpose of assessing a candidate may be used as part of the selection review and recourse processes. Such relevant information may be provided to third parties, such as other candidates or their representatives, who have a legitimate reason to be aware of that information.

Tips for applicants:
• Please provide complete and thorough details of your education and experience.
• Do not assume that the screening board has any previous knowledge of your background, qualifications, or work history. You must be specific and provide concrete examples/details for each Experience element, as applications will be screened only on the information provided.
• Failure to provide sufficient information may result in your application being screened out of the competition.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.

Travel cost for individuals who are not Federal Public Servants will not be covered.

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information
David Argument
david.argument@canada.ca
780-852-6186

Visitor Safety Specialist I

Duties
Provides specialized technical advice; leads and coordinates visitor-risk management and cross-functional incident management and response for field unit(s). Provides in-depth technical expertise, advice and information and coordinates the delivery of an avalanche control and prevention program. Develops, implements and leads field training programs and operational field activities.

Work environment
Parks Canada is a federal government agency responsible for the protection and presentation of Canada’s outstanding natural and cultural resources through a system of national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites in all regions of Canada.

Intent of the process
A list of qualified candidates will be established, and may be used to fill similar positions of various tenures (temporary, indeterminate, full-time, part-time) and work locations.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide
Your résumé.

A covering letter in 2,000 words (maximum) “Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet the Education and Experience criteria listed in the Statement of Qualifications (see below). Applicants must list both of these factors in their cover letter, and then write one or two paragraphs for each demonstrating how they meet these factors by providing concrete examples. Please note that it is not sufficient to only state that these factors are met or to provide a listing of current or past responsibilities. Resumes will be used as a secondary source to validate the experience described in the cover letter. Failure to clearly demonstrate in your cover letter how you meet the Education and

Experience factors found on the Statement of Qualifications (see below), may result in the rejection of your application. Normally, applicants will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information.”

Contact information for 2 references.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)
Education:
Secondary school diploma, and Mountain Guide certification from the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG).

If there are an insufficient candidates with both Alpine Guide and Ski Guide certification, consideration may be given to individuals who possess Apprentice Ski guide certification and Alpine Guide certification and who are enrolled in the Ski Guide exam, or individuals who possess Apprentice Alpine guide certification and Ski Guide certification who are enrolled in the Alpine Guide certification.

After submitting your application through the GC Jobs platform, proof of education must be submitted to jasperhr@canada.ca.

Degree equivalency

Occupational Certification:
• Valid advanced first aid certification (minimum 80 hour course);
• Canadian Avalanche Association Level 2 and eligible for CAA Professional membership.

Experience:
• Significant and varied experience participating in and/or leading search and rescue operations;
• Experience in program development and planning, as well as in work plans development;
• Experience forecasting resource requirements;
• Experience acquiring and issuing specialized equipment and services;
• Experience developing and delivering training;
• Experience in avalanche forecasting and avalanche control.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)
English essential

Information on language requirements

Knowledge:
• Knowledge of Parks Canada’s vision, mandate and corporate objectives, especially as they relate to visitor safety;
• Knowledge of visitor safety technical standards and techniques;
• Thorough knowledge of avalanche control, stabilization and safety principles, techniques, practices and initiatives.

Abilities:
• Ability to research and develop technical standards and program requirements;
• Ability to coordinate, supervise or lead/participate to, and evaluate specialized and/or emergency operations and activities on a local or national basis;
• Ability to work, supervise and coordinate activities in a multi-disciplinary environment;
• Ability to design, coordinate and/or conduct technical training;
• Ability to liaise, network and manage partnerships;
• Ability to collect, analyze, and prepare and present detailed incident information to assist in understanding causal factors;
• Ability to manage risk and the application of management theory and methods.

Personal Suitability:
• Exercises sound judgment;
• Personally connects with people;
• Makes things happen;
• Communicates effectively;
• Takes responsibility;
• Knows oneself;
• Strives for excellence.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)
Operational Requirements:
• Willingness to wear a Parks Canada uniform and prescribed protective equipment;
• Willingness to work and/or travel in varied terrain, weather conditions, isolated locations and by various means of transportation;
• Willingness to work irregular hours, overtime, weekends and/or statutory holidays and provincial/territorial holidays, when required;
• Willingness to obtain certification in the operation of various forms of ground (e.g. all-terrain vehicles) and marine (motorized and non-motorized vessels) as required.

Conditions of employment
Reliability Status security clearance – Reliability Status security clearance – All employees of the Federal Government are required to meet Reliability Status; details of the screening process and applications will be provided at the time of interviews

Maintenance of a valid Driver’s License
Will be required to undergo and pass pre-placement and periodic medical checks
Valid Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification
Possession and maintenance of Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) membership

Other information
The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

For tips to navigate the application process step by step, refer to the following site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GW7P3g9hhI.

Parks Canada is committed to the principles of diversity and employment equity under the Employment Equity Act, and strives to ensure that our workforce reflects the diverse nature of Canadian society. We encourage women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of a visible minority group to self-identify in their application.

Please submit your completed application, including all of the above-mentioned documentation. Failure to do so may result in your application being rejected.

The Parks Canada Agency is established as a separate employer in the Federal Public Service under the Financial Administration Act. Persons appointed to the Agency continue to be part of the Public Service. The Parks Canada Agency operates under its own human resources framework outside of the Public Service Employment Act and in line with values of fairness, competence and respect, and its operating principles.

In accordance with paragraph 8(2)(a) of the Privacy Act, information or material, whether provided directly by the candidate or otherwise obtained by the selection board, used during the selection process for the purpose of assessing a candidate may be used as part of the selection review and recourse processes. Such relevant information may be provided to third parties, such as other candidates or their representatives, who have a legitimate reason to be aware of that information.

Tips for applicants:
• Please provide complete and thorough details of your education and experience.
• Do not assume that the screening board has any previous knowledge of your background, qualifications, or work history. You must be specific and provide concrete examples/details for each Experience element, as applications will be screened only on the information provided.
• Failure to provide sufficient information may result in your application being screened out of the competition.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.

Travel cost for individuals who are not Federal Public Servants will not be covered.

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information
David Argument
david.argument@canada.ca
780-852-6186